2021 Virtual WASBO Accounting Conference

We've taken our traditional conference virtual by extending our conference to three days filled with sessions on school district financial and business office topics. New this year, we welcome Terry Rich as our keynote. Terry will share how a lottery ticket, a hot dog, and Bigfoot foiled the largest lottery fraud in US history. Everyone from veteran business managers and district administrators to new bookkeepers can benefit from this professional development opportunity. Attendees can expect to receive innovative ideas, timely instruction, maximum learning value and relevant advice on the issues facing school business offices today.


For those new to the profession, this conference features sessions from the Year of Success Program. Get even more out of your experience by networking with your peers and sharing stories and advice.

No need to worry about which concurrent session to attend, all sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants on their WASBO profile as well as in the WASBO Go App following the conference!

Visit the Conference at a Glance link for a complete schedule or click on the sessions below for descriptions.

 

DPI Spring Finance Workshop & WISEdata Finance

Spend an hour getting the ins and outs of what's coming your way from the School Finance Team, as well as a full hour dedicated to WISEdata Finance.

 

WASBO p-Card User Group Meeting

Does your district use the WASBO p-Card or are you considering implementation of a procurement card? Again this year the p-Card User Group is being incorporated as part of the conference on March 19. Join us for sessions from 10:30-11:15 AM and 11:30 AM-12:15 PM.

 

WASBO Go

If you have not already done so, you will want to download the WASBO Go App from either the App store or Google Play. WASBO Go will enhance your conference experience. You will be able to evaluate sessions, access the conference schedule and presentation handouts; following the conference, session recordings will be available here as well. Sign in to the app using your WASBO credentials to make the most of WASBO Go.

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When
3/17/2021 - 3/19/2021
Where
Virtual

Program

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Description
Time
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
10:45 AM
Terry Rich will share a true crime story that is too crazy to believe.  It has been featured in the New York Times, CNBC's "American Greed" CBS, ABC and a book titled "The $80 Billion Gamble".  Hear the inside details from the person who helped bust the fraud. You will leave with: A sense of pride for overseeing compliance and internal fraud; Little-known details about an international well-known US lottery case and an Understanding of why it's important to "Do the Right Thing".
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
Time
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
12:00 PM
Information related to a variety of school finance related topics, including public reporting of ESSA school level expenditures, a review of what’s coming up this spring, and changes with the DPI School Financial Services Team.
Time
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
12:15 PM
Time
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
1:15 PM
Review upcoming DPI School Finance Team report due dates and critical activities for the spring months ahead, including making adjustments to your PI-1504 Budget Report. Learn where to find pertinent information on the SFS Team’s website.
Track
Year of Success
Time
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
1:30 PM
This session will share the GFOA's Smarter School Spending model framework and philosophy, the resources available, and the School District of Fort Atkinson's journey since joining the Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting in 2015.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
1:30 PM
Governments are fundamentally different from for-profit businesses and therefore require different accounting and financial reporting standards to meet the needs of its stakeholders.  In this session, we will discuss those differences, the financial reporting model for governments and the role of the business manager in the preparation and review of the annual financial statements. This session is geared toward new business managers or those new to governmental accounting and reporting.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
1:30 PM
Time
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
2:15 PM
Are you a new business manager who has never been through a single audit, a business manager who is at a district that has never been through a single audit, or a business manager that has been through a single audit but it was years ago? This session will go through the basics of the single audit process and the additional audit procedures expected in addition to the traditional audit procedures. This will be a broad overview of what districts can expect when going through a single audit. We will not get into specifics of individual programs since programs tested at each district will differ.
Track
Year of Success
Time
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
2:30 PM
Everyone wants to do the right thing and act ethically. Is it really that simple? Join this panel of presenters to discuss, “What would you do?” when applying business ethics using real life experiences in the operations of your school district.
Time
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
2:30 PM
Experts from Moody’s and S&P will go over what goes into calculating a rating. Additionally, Michele Wiberg, a Municipal Advisor for Wisconsin school districts, will provide insight on some key rating characteristics that can be influenced by strong financial management from the business office.
Time
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
2:30 PM
This session will focus on how we can rely on Excel to accomplish major tasks in the school business office.  We will look at creating actionable data by way of using vlookups, index functions, and pivot tables.  These three features are amongst the most powerful Excel features, and a better understanding of these features can empower a business manager to make better decisions with any set of data. Particular attention will be paid towards practical examples.  We will look at working with various Excel-based data sets, including data from the DPI SFS website and payroll & expenditure data.  This session will be good for both beginners and those with significant Excel experience.
Time
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
2:30 PM
Time
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:15 PM
This year, Wisconsin schools will split over $384 million in state special education aid. How do auditors help DPI ensure those funds are shared equitably? What issues have come up over the past year? This session will address these questions and walk through the what, how, and why of the state Special Education Audit Program.
Track
Year of Success
Time
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
3:30 PM
Do you ever wonder if you will be over or under budget at the end of the year?  Did you budget enough in salary and benefits this year?  Do you wonder how to determine salary equity for your hourly and salary staff?  This session will focus on how to analyze your data in Excel in easy and meaningful ways with an emphasis on practicality.
Time
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
3:30 PM
This session is geared for those who want to develop their skills within the Google suite. Topics covered in this session include Google Email (Gmail), Google Drive and Google Sheets. We will also show the power of the Google Omnibox (Google’s search box). Our goal is that you will walk away with 2-3 new ideas from each topic to help create efficiency in your day to day work. This session will provide you an opportunity to actively participate. Please bring a device and follow along.
Time
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
3:30 PM
Time
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM
4:15 PM

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Description
Time
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
10:45 AM
This fall DPI is launching our next-generation financial reporting system, WISEdata Finance. What is it? How does it work? Most importantly, what do you need to do to get started? Find answers to these questions and more from the DPI School Financial Services Team. Get a head start now to avoid headaches in November!
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
Time
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
12:00 PM
Learn about the new lease standards and their impact on your School District reports.
Time
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
12:15 PM
More money flows through school offices than most people realize. How these funds are managed and accounted for is critical. Learn how one school district put in place effective policies and procedures to ensure funds are handled effectively, efficiently and with accountability. Learn what research says about principals’ preparedness to handle the financial responsibilities of their jobs and take away valuable ideas for protecting your principals, their secretaries, the financial assets that pass through your school offices every day, and your district’s reputation.
Time
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
12:15 PM
Review tax requirements and best practices for providing additional employee compensation as well as wellness plan incentives and give aways. In this session specific situations will be reviewed with comments and feedback from the audience. The interactive session will provide discussion and a quality learning experience for everyone. Walk away with tips regarding the do’s and don’ts of offering additional compensation or cash-related benefits.
Time
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
12:15 PM
Time
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
1:00 PM
Not sure whether you need to know about some of those ‘other’ funds that you don’t hear about as much as Funds 10 and 27? Attend this session to learn what these funds are used for and whether they would be appropriate for your district.
Track
Year of Success
Time
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
1:15 PM
This session will showcase some of the GASB 84 implementation practices and reporting tools already being utilized by the presenting districts.  Speakers will also review definitions of GASB 84 accounts and what constitutes application of this pronouncement.  The first half will have individual presentations of each district's implementation tools and hiccups they may have experienced along the way.  The second half of the time will be devoted to questions from session attendees.  Bring your list of agency funds to see how you compare!
Time
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
1:15 PM
Has your auditor suggested that you refine your cash reconciliation processes? Are your balance sheet accounts drawing attention from DPI? Do you have multiple operating and investment accounts that are out of balance? Electronic transfers causing errors? This presentation will include examples of cash reconciliation issues and offer advice on how to best manage this responsibility so that entries are timely, errors are found quickly, and records are accurate.
Time
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
1:15 PM
Time
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
2:00 PM
Most state school funding comes through equalization and other general aids, but not all! Wisconsin has a number of aid programs targeted at specific needs like special education, transportation, or school libraries. Some are automatic or formula-based; others require specific claims or reports. This session will try to help you make sense of these "categorical" programs.
Track
Year of Success
Time
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
2:15 PM
This session provides a short legal overview and checklist every supervisor should have.  Two districts will share their stories to help you understand the triggers that indicate you may be entering an FMLA, ADA or WC situation.  Opportunity is provided for you to decide “What would I do?” in response to scenarios, network at your table and share your insights and experiences.
Time
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
2:15 PM
Public Consulting Group (PCG) is the vendor responsible for overseeing School-Based Medicaid on behalf of the Department of Health Services (DHS). This includes operating the quarterly Medicaid Administrative Claiming (MAC) and Annual Medicaid Cost Settlement programs. This session will focus on random moment time study completion, staff pool lists, reporting costs and calculations, and how to maintain a compliant Medicaid program in your school district. PCG will offer a live question and answer session. If you have questions you would like addressed at the session, please email WICostReport@pcgus.com .
Time
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
2:15 PM
Learn from two former school district auditors, now School District Business Officials.  Learn the method to their madness on being prepared for year end and the audit.  Obtain tools and tips to assist the Business Manager in having a positive audit experience.
Time
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
2:15 PM
Time
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
3:00 PM
In this session, SAA Executive Director John Forester will discuss Governor Evers’ Executive Budget as it relates to K-12 education, preview the remainder of the 2021-23 state budget session and recap the SAA’s 2021-23 budget priorities.  John will also leave time for question and answer.
Time
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
3:15 PM
Time
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM
4:15 PM

Friday, 19 March 2021

Description
Congratulations -- you've made it to Day 3!  Join our morning kickoff for a little selfcare to help ground us for being present for each other and with ourselves to make the most of this very important day.
Time
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
8:30 AM
Time
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
9:15 AM
A complicated and complex topic, this session will break down the IDEA regulation that requires LEAs to maintain local spending amounts on special education in exchange for the IDEA grant funds. This introductory session will walk audience members through the four comparison tests, the data that is used within the tests, and the responsibilities of the LEAs if all four comparison tests are not met. This session will focus on the regulations and understanding MOE compliance with a brief overview of the application housed within WISEgrants.
Track
Year of Success
Time
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
9:30 AM
9:30 AM
Attorney Shana R. Lewis of Strang Patteson Renning Lewis & Lacy, s.c., will review the Wisconsin laws, regulations, and procedures used to process Unemployment Insurance (Compensation) benefit claims submitted by Wisconsin public school district employees and independent contractors.   She will also cover the impact of COVID-19 on Unemployment Insurance (Compensation) benefits in Wisconsin.
Time
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
9:30 AM
Time
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
10:15 AM
Attend this session to learn the ins and outs of Open Enrollment, from the regular application period and the alternative application procedures for school districts, including the treatment of Open Enrolled pupils for General Aid and Revenue Limits.
Track
Year of Success
Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
10:30 AM
WASBO has over 140 school districts participating in the Purchasing Card Program and together these districts generated over $59 million in purchasing volume and earned over $830,000 in rebates for fiscal year 2018-19.  In addition to the rebates, there are time savings to be generated through the efficiencies of the program. Join fellow WASBO p-Card users to learn how to maximize your use of the program and realize these efficiencies. Part 1 will cover what the online management system looks like, Spend Dynamics Basics. Part 2 will delve into more advanced p-Card topics such as adding cards, pulling the extract from Spend Dynamics and managing those transactions in Skyward from the district perspective.
Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
10:30 AM
10:30 AM
Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
10:30 AM
Time
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
11:15 AM
As a new business manager, you will need to communicate with a wide variety of audiences.  You will need to share fiscal or financial information with the general public, with your staff, with the school board, as well as administrative colleagues.  Very few of these audiences will have an understanding of the mill rate, debits and credits, tertiary aid (don’t even think about mentioning negative tertiary aid!), or the impact of TIF districts.  But they all understand paying taxes.  And sometimes, that means that they *think* they know school finance.  This session will help you develop effective strategies and tactics to avoid jargon, clear up misunderstandings, and effectively reach a variety of audiences as you communicate important fiscal information.
Track
Year of Success
Time
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
11:30 AM
WASBO has over 140 school districts participating in the Purchasing Card Program and together these districts generated over $59 million in purchasing volume and earned over $830,000 in rebates for fiscal year 2018-19.  In addition to the rebates, there are time savings to be generated through the efficiencies of the program. Join fellow WASBO p-Card users to learn how to maximize your use of the program and realize these efficiencies. Part 1 will cover what the online management system looks like, Spend Dynamics Basics. Part 2 will delve into more advanced p-Card topics such as adding cards, pulling the extract from Spend Dynamics and managing those transactions in Skyward from the district perspective.
Time
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
11:30 AM
Presented in the Common Knowledge game show approach, this is an interactive presentation wherein the audience answers questions and tests their 'common knowledge' regarding the major provisions and responsibilities relative to implementing and administering active and post employment health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).  Come prepared to log on through your phone and test your knowledge (anonymously, of course).
Time
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
11:30 AM
11:30 AM
Time
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
12:15 PM

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