2022 WASBO Spring Conference and Exhibits

Welcome to the best place to participate in collegial sharing and technical training that will help us shape the future of education! For more than 75 years, WASBO has been uniting school business leaders to help you sharpen your skills, advance your career and build your network. Meet face to face with your colleagues and friends, connect with their knowledge and expertise, and cultivate your connections at the 75th Annual Spring Conference. We are celebrating the traditions long provided by WASBO members. What legacy will you leave your WASBO colleagues?

Start the conference by participating in either a bike ride or golf fundraiser to support WASBO Foundation student scholarships, and enjoy a nice day outside while networking with your WASBO colleagues. Separate registration for the golf and bike scholarship fundraisers is available at https://www.wasbo.com/WASBO/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=20220518A.


Who stole the Jubilee Diamond? Place your bets!

Learn from educational sessions with tracks in leadership, technology and auxiliary services, best practices and money saving ideas, facilities and safety (including certification sessions in Modules 3 & 7, Environmental Health & Safety and Safety & Security), Year of Success Program sessions for those new to the business office, employee engagement, finance, trending topics and much more. Get even more insight by visiting with the many vendors in the Exhibit Hall who are there to share their expertise. This conference also offers many chances for networking, sharing, reflecting, and fun.


Katrina Cravy

Friday's keynote, Katrina Cravy, will provide you with tools to boost your charisma, because your work is important and is critical to your district's overall success and public credibility. Katrina Cravy is the co-founder of CharismaQ - a sales coaching and communication platform to evaluate, coach, and create charismatic people. She knows your financial success is driven by your ability to engage and influence the people around you. Katrina has been obsessed with the art and science of charisma ever since her grandfather taught her how to shake hands - the right way.

In celebration of WASBO turning 75, be sure to register for our night out on Thursday, May 19. Buses will run to and from Vennebu Hill, where we will enjoy dinner, a history of WASBO, and entertainment to wrap up the night! Register here: https://www.wasbo.com/WASBO/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=20220519PR

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, WASBO will be monitoring the situation. We will continue to assess if protocols are needed and will make announcements as necessary. At this time, we ask that attendees follow the below protocols.

Before attending the Spring Conference:
  • Prepare to attend by monitoring your fever and symptoms before the session.
  • Stay home if you have a fever or other symptoms.
  • Stay home if you have a family member with COVID-19.

During the Spring Conference:

After the Spring Conference:

  • Monitor your temperature and symptoms to keep yourself and others safe.

    The WASBO Spring Conference & Exhibits will provide school leaders with critical leadership skills. We are confident that WASBO members can safely conduct an in-person conference.

  • Additional Materials and Information


    To register please sign in or click the create a new account link in the area to the right. If you are a WASBO member or have previously attended a WASBO conference, your User Name is your email address. If you don't recall your password, click the Forgot My Password link to the right to reset it.

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    Individuals registering at the Non-Member rate receive a free trial WASBO membership through 6/30/2023 if you have not previously been a member. At least one individual from your organization must be a WASBO member to take advantage of multi-attendee pricing. If the multi-attendee pricing option is selected erroneously (i.e. you are the only registrant from your organization), you agree to be billed for the difference in registration fees. Each individual will need to register separately. All fees are per person.




When
5/19/2022 7:00 AM - 5/20/2022 1:00 PM
Central Daylight Time
Where
Kalahari Convention Center 1305 Kalahari Drive Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Program

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Description
Skip the line on Thursday morning by registering on Wednesday night!
Time
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
3:00 PM
Fun Pianos is a traveling Dueling Pianos show where you will find yourself involved in the fun! Along with excellent entertainment you will enjoy impactful networking, heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverage tickets.
Time
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
4:30 PM

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Description
Please use this to add a guest for the conference.
When
5/19/2022 6:00 AM - 5/20/2022 3:00 PM
6:00 AM
Time
7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
7:00 AM
Time
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM
The celebration will begin as we kickoff the conference, find out Who Dun nit and recognize award recipients. You won't want to miss the fun. We look forward to seeing you there!
Time
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
8:30 AM
Time
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
9:30 AM
This session will be an introduction to IEQ geared towards both the beginner and experienced facilities manager. It will include the components of a good IEQ program with examples from one school district.
Track
Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 3
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
Community partnerships are critical in our schools today. We will examine a recently completed $4.8 million addition to Hamilton Elementary School in La Crosse. Over 50% of the project was paid for by community partners. We will follow the three year process from conception to completion of the project. Participants will gain an understanding of how our story developed and how you can build similar relationships in your community.
Track
Facilities & Safety
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
The school year is ending but that doesn't mean that things slowdown in the school business office. This session will review upcoming reporting deadlines and critical activities occurring during the summer.
Track
Year of Success
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
Looking to reduce staff time and logistics including printing, stuffing envelopes, following up on uncashed checks and more? Join two school districts as they share implementation information and tips on reducing paper check processing. If your district is thinking or has implemented ACH processing, we'll have time during the presentation for attendees to share their tips, too!
Track
Finance & Business Office Best Practices
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
A legal contract is not a novel and should not be read like one. Really important legal rights and responsibilities attach to the various portions of contracts and it is critical that school district officials understand how to best review contracts to identify and understand the important parts. This session will provide a roadmap for contract review so you do not have to contact legal for review of every single agreement (even though our presenters would not be upset if you did so!) In addition, the session will discuss how the RFP process can help shape a contractual relationship to a school district’s benefit.
Track
Finance & Business Office Best Practices
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
Public schools have become a major target for cyber criminals. Experts believe that cyber insurance premiums could increase by 300-400% during the next 3-5 years, if insurance is even available. This presentation will examine the steps your district can take to mitigate losses and maintain insurance coverage.
Track
Trending Topics
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
Time
10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
10:30 AM
Learn essential information on each of the 20 components needed to have a successful safety program. Examples of actual practices used by Wisconsin school districts will be included.
Track
Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 3
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
This session will cover ways companies are managing demand charges/fees, municipalities' ability to charge more without increasing their tax levy, and other items to watch for.
Track
Facilities & Safety
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
Come to this session to gain a better understanding of current issues pertaining to school finance. Topics include: (1) energy efficiency exemption to revenue limits; (2) transfer of service (TOS) exemption to revenue limits; (3) Fund 80 eligible costs; (4) summer school FTE & fee reconciliation; (5) WISEdata Finance and WiSFiP reporting.
Track
Year of Success
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
Track
Employee Engagement & Human Resources
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
Learn how the Fond du Lac School District has embarked on building a next generation technology infrastructure to support teaching and learning while maximizing strategic opportunities facing the District in 2020. In the midst of completing a $98.5 million in referendum approved facilities improvement projects, the District embarked on a strategic plan to improve the network infrastructure that wasn’t being addressed in the capital plan. The District took advantage of several strategic and fiscal timing opportunities to implement a next generation technology infrastructure to facilitate enhanced teaching and learning now and in the future.
Track
Trending Topics
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
Looking for a way to enhance your financial reporting and improve your financial transparency? Learn how to create an Annual Comprehensive Financial Report and discover the differences between a regular financial report and one considered "comprehensive". With the ASBO International Certificate of Excellence program, show your Board and your community that your District is committed to transparent stewardship of public funds.
Track
Finance & Business Office Best Practices
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
Time
11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
11:30 AM
Time
12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
12:10 PM
ALICE? Run-Hide-Fight? When implementing a protocol, who's job is it anyway? Many facility managers are also depended on to lead safety and security efforts in their school district. This session will dive into how to start a lockdown/active shooter program, and roll it out to staff. We will also complete a live demonstration to share ways that you can train your staff, in one hour or less.
Track
Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 7
Time
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
1:10 PM
An open discussion on ways to save money in your district as well as prevent headaches for your facilities team.
Track
Facilities & Safety
Time
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
1:10 PM
Are you anxious about your first audit? Don't Be! Learn what the auditors are doing and what you need to do to be ready.
Track
Year of Success
Time
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
1:10 PM
Track
Employee Engagement & Human Resources
Time
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
1:10 PM
Many don’t realize that an accurate balance sheet is critical to having accurate revenue and expenditure reports.  This session will focus on the what, how and whys of balance sheet transactions and will provide some key items to review in your district to ensure your balance sheet is clean and nearing audit-ready.
Track
Finance & Business Office Best Practices
Time
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
1:10 PM
In this session, SAA Executive Director John Forester will recap the 2021-22 legislative session, preview the 2022 elections and engage members in a preliminary discussion of SAA 2023-25 state budget priorities.
Track
Trending Topics
Time
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
1:10 PM
Time
2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
2:00 PM
The ever increasing role of a facility manager has grown to encompass creating a safety program that works to prevent employee injuries. This session will outline ways in which programs can be implemented in a way that creates buy-in, with the intent of creating a safe work place for all school employees. The session is presented through the lenses of a facility manager and a risk manager.
Track
Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 3
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
This session is for those of you brave enough to still have natural grass on your athletic fields.  Whether you are getting ready to build a new field or you are maintaining what is established.  The information shared will cover all of the basics to keep your turf in top condition for the athletes that compete on your fields.
Track
Facilities & Safety
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
Officially or unofficially, you've just been named the Director of Transportation in your district. Now what? You are heading into summer with a list of reports and requirements. Do you have the policies and procedures in place that you need? Are the routes ready to go for the fall? Join us for this informational session and we will help you navigate the nuances of your new-found role.
Track
Year of Success
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
Budget Forecasting, Revenue Limit Freeze and What That Means for Districts/Budget Considerations for the 2022-23 School Year & Beyond.In this session you will learn how two school districts use budget forecast modeling to help proactively plan for future budgets. In addition, they will discuss their thoughts on what is their current planning for fiscal year 2022-23 and beyond. Topics will include inflation, State and Federal budget prospects, a fiscal cliff, staff shortages, using fund balance and more.
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
This session will review best practices for protecting your district from credit card external and internal fraud, including creating strong policy manuals. We will also review what auditors look for in credit card transactions and how your audit can assist in preventing fraud with credit cards.
Track
Finance & Business Office Best Practices
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
Track
Trending Topics
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
You have until 3:30PM to drop your raffle tix and make final bids on Silent Auction items. Find snacks, network with exhibitors, purchase raffle tix and drop tix for the prizes you want to win, pick up your bid number and start bidding on Silent Auction items. Cast your ballot for the most engaging exhibitor by using the ballot in your namebadge for a chance to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards.
Time
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
3:10 PM
This course will offer background information, health effects and regulatory information on asbestos in Schools.  In addition, we will inform attendees the roles and responsibilities of the Asbestos Designated Person that every School District is required to appoint per the EPA-Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response (AHERA) rules.  We will also cover the requirements of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) rule that applies to Wisconsin School Districts.  Including the requirements  for using pesticides in schools under the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) as well as considerations for keeping students and staff safe when using pesticides.
Track
Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 3
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is essential in lessening a host of poor outcomes for living beings on our planet. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2018 report finds that accomplishing this objective will require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050 for the best possible outcome.  Learn how the Oregon School District built the first next zero school in Wisconsin. A building that is currently the 5th largest verified Netzero educational building in North America (the four others all being in Myrtle Beach South Carolina).    Becoming more sustainable or tackling energy efficiency projects can be a daunting task for any district.  Come listen about what inspired the building of Forest Edge Elementary School.  Hear about the different technologies that power, heat and cool the building and the sustainability and student learning goals of the district. Learn about what we all should be considering as we build new buildings and retrofit older ones.  Discover a quick and inexpensive real time strategy to bring increased awareness to your building’s energy consumption. The same strategy that helped to inspire Forest Edge.  Understand that we will all be hearing more and more from our students on this subject as they care deeply about the world we will be leaving them.
Track
Facilities & Safety
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
Your first year is drawing to a close. But there is still a lot to do in the last month and a half! In this session we will review many of the critical (and sometimes overlooked) tasks that you should be addressing as June 30 nears.
Track
Year of Success
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
There is no such thing as a culture-neutral workplace. Culture, which turns strategy into results, will either fuel or fracture local efforts to navigate and implement change. To create a healthy workplace culture, district leaders must keep a finger on the pulse of the changing landscapes, the needs of students and families, budgets, community support, human resource functions and strategic plans that support student learning. The presenters have intentionally defined, cultivated and sustained a workplace culture that leverages talent and leads to excellence.
Track
Employee Engagement & Human Resources
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
Typically, the Annual Meeting is the most public meeting for a school district. In this session, Sun Prairie will explain its process on preparing for the Annual Meeting, developing the Annual Meeting presentation, and the making of the Annual Meeting booklet.
Track
Finance & Business Office Best Practices
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
Hear from ASBO International’s policy team about the latest issues on the Biden Administration’s and Congress’ agenda and what it means for schools. Get up to speed on federal ESSER guidance and reporting requirements, education funding for the 2022-2023 school year, school nutrition updates, and more in this virtual webinar.
Track
Trending Topics
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
Silent Auction and raffle winners posted at 4:20PM. Keep your raffle tickets for the redraw of any unclaimed items at 5PM.
Time
4:20 PM - 5:30 PM
4:20 PM
A shuttle is provided to the 75th Anniversary Celebration at Vennebu Hill. Meet at the new convention center entrance. Look for signage.
Time
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
5:30 PM
Pre-registration required. Join as we celebrate 75 years of WASBO members serving the students of Wisconsin! Please visit https://www.wasbo.com/WASBO/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=20220519PR to reserve your spot!
Time
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 PM

Friday, 20 May 2022

Description
Time
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
7:00 AM
Time
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM
Welcome to Day 2 of the conference. We begin with the associations Business Meeting which includes recognition of certificants from the Facilities Manager, Certified School Risk Management and Leadership Academy Programs. Find out who will lead WASBO with the results of the Board of Director Election announced!
Time
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:00 AM
Take Your Brand to the Bank: Learn How to Boost Your Charisma, Confidence, and Communication Skills. Katrina Cravy will provide you with tools to boost your charisma, because your work is important and is critical to your district’s overall success and public credibility. Cravy is the co-founder of CharismaQ - a sales coaching and communication platform to evaluate, coach, and create charismatic people. She knows your financial success is driven by your ability to engage and influence the people around you. Katrina has been obsessed with the art and science of charisma ever since her grandfather taught her how to shake hands - the right way.
Time
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
8:30 AM
Time
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
9:30 AM
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
The audience will learn the critical reasons that schools should plan for emergencies and disaster; resources that are available to schools - including funding sources; emergency preparedness terminology; roles and responsibilities of schools related to the National Incident Management System; the four phases of emergency management and how it relates to school health and safety; training and exercising your plan; and recovery from a school crisis situation. As part of recovery, discussion of the importance of business continuity planning and a real-life case study will be included. Participants will learn best practices in school emergency and disaster planning, safety, security, injury prevention, first aid, CPR and automatic defibrillation programs. Those present will also develop the ability to lead their school and community in developing an effective school health and safety program.
Track
Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 7
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
Your presenter will discuss how to present your buildings and grounds reports more effectively to your school board.
Track
Facilities & Safety
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
After six conferences, this is the last session of the year in the Year of Success Program. Do you have any final questions for us? Are there things we could do to improve this program for next year? How has your year gone?
Track
Year of Success
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
This workshop will consist of a roundtable discussion on the book On Air: Insider Secrets to Attract the Media and Get Free Publicity by Katrina Cravy. Conversation and questions will focus on the main themes of the book as well as how they can be applied to public school districts in Wisconsin. There will also be a discussion on the major takeaways from the keynote presentation by Katrina Cravy at the conference and how they relate to the book.
Track
Trending Topics
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
Track
Trending Topics
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
Time
10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
10:30 AM
More and more schools are being affected by unwanted intruders. No one is exempt. What steps has your school district taken to train your first responders? This session will focus on assessing your facilities from an electronic equipment standpoint, identifying your needs for camera, access, remote control, and wireless communication and how those are communicated to first responders and your staff. Examples of available systems will be provided from small to very large.
Track
Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 7
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
As coronavirus swept through the United States, the world’s “new normal” was created. COVID-19 has changed our day-to-day tasks. We will examine those changes and share with each other what your colleagues are doing around the state.
Track
Facilities & Safety
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
You’ve issued debt, now what? We will review concepts introduced at the Fall Conference session “Debt 101” and also discuss issues including post-issuance compliance as well as managing your levy through debt management strategies.
Track
Year of Success
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
If you're a school administrator, you're in a reporter's contact list. What do you do when a reporter calls you? How do you prepare for a media interview? What do you need to know before you ever pick up the microphone? In this session, you'll learn practical tips for media prep and interviews. Learning Objectives: -List ways to build effective relationships with reporters. -Explain the steps for preparing for a media interview. -Demonstrate effective techniques for a media interview.
Track
Employee Engagement & Human Resources
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
Track
Finance & Business Office Best Practices
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
The Howard-Suamico School District completed a successful operational and facilities referendum campaign in April 2021. Explaining school finance and the unique position of the district was one of the challenges throughout the journey. Learn more about the communication strategies and tactics used during our referendum.
Track
Trending Topics
Time
10:40 AM - 11:30 AM
10:40 AM
Time
11:30 AM - 11:40 AM
11:30 AM
This session will provide ways to develop and implement procedures for before/after school, summer school, and weekend events. Strategies and best practices will be shared that you could deploy on access control measures, training event staff, emergency contact lists, 911 protocols, extra-curricular events and what parts of your crisis plan need to be relayed to external building users.
Track
Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 7
Time
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
11:40 AM
This session will discuss the Act 109 legislation as it pertains to Act 143 and how the Office of School Safety will disperse the grant funds available to K-12 schools.
Track
Facilities & Safety
Time
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
11:40 AM
Your district has post-employment benefits that it provides to retirees - and, in many cases, a trust fund established to pay for them. How do you manage the accounting? What is required? What is allowed or not?
Track
Year of Success
Time
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
11:40 AM
Effective and efficient is the goal of all departments in any school district. As districts morph over time, efficiency and effectiveness of staff positions need attention. A staff audit especially as it relates to Special Education staff, English learner staff, Gifted and talented staff and others, gives the Board of Education, superintendent and Business managers credible information to make future decisions. Come hear what a solid, forward leaning audit entails and how it's been beneficial for districts throughout the state.
Track
Employee Engagement & Human Resources
Time
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
11:40 AM
WISEdata Finance is Wisconsin's next-generation financial reporting system for school districts and other local education agencies (LEAs). The Wisconsin School Finance Portal (WiSFiP) will be developed and expanded in conjunction with the WISEdata Finance transition, as reports in the existing SAFR portal are retired. The SFS Team will provide updates on the status of the new data reporting system and WiSFiP.
Track
Finance & Business Office Best Practices
Time
11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
11:40 AM
Time
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
12:30 PM

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