WASBO Information for the State Education Convention

January 22-25, 2019

As you prepare to attend the WASB-WASDA-WASBO State Education Convention in Milwaukee, keep in mind this is a great time to build relationships with your board. We also have information below to share with you in preparation for the conference:

Map of Downtown Milwaukee

WASBO Sessions

The WASBO Joint Convention Planning Committee and the School Finance Puzzle Planning Committee planned the following sessions for the convention. Many thanks for their hard work.

Pre-Convention Workshops

School Finance Puzzle
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
, 1:30-5 pm • Hyatt Regency D Milwaukee
Presenters and attendees will use a hands-on interactive approach to take the confusion out of school finance. Gain a conceptual understanding of the major components of the Wisconsin school finance system. Participants will have an interactive discussion that provides background on constitutional issues, court cases and today's laws. Attendees will become acquainted with the basics of revenue limits, equalization aid, property taxes and referendums - how these components interrelate and how they impact board decision-making. Leave the session with increased confidence in discussing school finance concepts and using this knowledge to help foster an environment in trust in your community for the benefit of students.

WASBO Lunch and Business Meeting

Thursday, January 24 from 12-1:15 PM at the Hilton Empire Ballroom.
This is a ticketed event, so if you plan to attend you need to purchase your ticket through WASB. Please join your colleagues in congratulating our award recipients, meeting candidates for Director and Treasurer on the WASBO Board, and to learn more about what is happening in WASBO. Below are downloadable documents for the business meeting:

Congratulations to WASBO Award Winners

  • Marta Kwiatkowski, SFO, Director of Business Services, School District of Rhinelander – 2019 School Business Manager of the Year (Sponsored by M3 Insurance). Award presented at the general session on Wednesday, January 23, 10 AM - 12 PM, Ballroom CD at the Wisconsin Center. Marta will also be recognized at the WASBO Business Meeting, Thursday, January 24.
  • Demetri Andrews, Business Manager, North Crawford School District - 2019 George Gray WASBO New School Business Manager of the Year (Sponsored by Hays Companies). Award presented at the WASBO Business Meeting, Thursday, January 24 from 12-1:15 PM at the Hilton Empire Ballroom.


The Exhibit Hall is open on Wednesday, January 23, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM and on Thursday, January 24, from 9 AM to 2 PM. You will find us at booth #901. Plan to stop by and network with your colleagues. We thank members for providing staffing at the booth, sharing the importance of the school business managers and school facilities managers, and the benefits of WASBO membership and WASBO professional development with conference attendees.

Be sure to visit the WASBO Service Affiliate exhibitors recognized with their Service Affiliate Tag. Thank them for their support of WASBO.

WASBO Committee Meetings

Thursday, January 24, 2019
WASBO Spring Conference Committee, 1:30-3 pm, Hilton Wright A

Joint Convention Website

You can find the most up-to-date information at wasb.org/convention.
Post-Convention: Conference handouts will be posted on the schedule page.