2021 WASBO Virtual Spring Conference

The core of what makes the spring conference so valuable? It is the best professional development and networking in the business.

Join us for over 30 live educational sessions plus additional on demand content, access the sponsor resource area to find solutions from WASBO vendors, take part in WASBO professional recognition award presentations, and plenty of opportunities to network in the virtual platform! This could be our one and only Virtual Spring Conference so do plan to join us and register today!



In addition to the virtual conference, don't miss out on our virtual student scholarship fundraiser! Get outside to walk, bike, run, golf, or do whatever else moves you! Get acquainted with the WASBO ConNectwork by posting your photos of you doing the activity you love while supporting graduating high school seniors. Register now!


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When
5/19/2021 - 5/21/2021
Where
Virtual

Program

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Description
The Bucket List Life: Create More Experiences, Share More Stories & Live More Fulfilled! Kenyon Salo, known as the “James Bond of Speaking”, shows you how his three simple concepts of living “The Bucket List Life” will guide you to fulfillment on your life-long journey. During this highly energetic and engaging presentation, you will learn how to create phenomenal experiences, share powerful stories, and help others along the way. The Bucket List Life and Kenyon Salo will help you elevate your life, both personally and professionally.
Track
General Session
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
Track
Finance
Time
12:15 PM - 1:05 PM
12:15 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.
Track
Leadership
Time
12:15 PM - 1:05 PM
12:15 PM
12 Leadership Habits We Learned During COVID But Shouldn't Forget! The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic over a year ago caused all of us to pivot and develop new skills and implement new strategies to manage the chaos. When the chaos subsides, certain habits we have developed should remain in our leadership toolbox. Come learn more about 12 habits that moved to the forefront during the pandemic and should remain in place long after.
Track
Leadership
Time
12:15 PM - 1:05 PM
12:15 PM
Although it's just starting to warm up, summer will be here before we know it! Join a panel of districts to learn about how they approach school being out for a couple of months. Discussion points will include their best practices in the following areas: - Employing students in the summer and recruiting summer help - Efficient summer cleaning - Working with short-term staff - And more! Bring your questions about planning for the summer months.
Track
Facilities Certification - CE
Time
12:15 PM - 1:05 PM
12:15 PM
Track
Resource Area
Time
1:05 PM - 2:20 PM
1:05 PM
Like ARRA funds a decade ago, ESSER funds are going to be closely watched by everyone. Learn how you can stand front and center with student performance data and confidently explain that your ESSER spending is not only compliant, but also making real impact on student learning.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
1:15 PM - 1:35 PM
1:15 PM
Focusing on types of fires, emergency response, restoration timelines, and how to properly analyze damage and restoration.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
1:15 PM - 1:35 PM
1:15 PM
This presentation will demonstrate how integrating employee benefits and property casualty risk management can keep employees safe and on the job. We will show how this can improve student achievement and reduce workers compensation and benefit costs.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
1:15 PM - 1:35 PM
1:15 PM
For most school districts, ESSER funding will impact budget forecasting for years to come. Some districts may simply utilize funds to cover COVID-19 related expenses, including PPE, health supplies, staffing to address learning loss, and additional technology to support remote learning. For other districts, there may be considerations when using the funds, including state aid, cash flow needs, long-term budget impact and even referendum planning.  This mini session will highlight areas that districts should examine when developing a plan for utilizing ESSER funds.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
1:45 PM - 2:05 PM
1:45 PM
Renewable energy has a bright future ahead for schools throughout Wisconsin. Already dozens of school districts in Wisconsin have solar installed on their schools, with many more interested in how they can access the power of the sun to generate clean energy and provide STEM learning opportunities for their students. If you are asking yourself is now a good time to pursue clean renewable energy, this session is for you! During this session, our team will share with you what to expect along the solar development path. We’ll walk you through assessing sites, analyzing utility data, capturing available incentives, monetizing the value of solar, project economics and finance, and the many ways solar energy adds value to your school district and community. Join McKinstry’s Renewable Energy team to learn how your school can become the next Wisconsin school district to go solar.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
1:45 PM - 2:05 PM
1:45 PM
Join us as we present a roadmap for districts to understand what the Horizon Study means and what impact that this proposed study would have on compensation, benefits and OPEB obligations. We will highlight processes to consider when assessing market updates on healthcare and discuss alternative retiree benefit strategies for districts to consider.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
1:45 PM - 2:05 PM
1:45 PM
- The do's and don'ts on your gym floor - Gym floor maintenance and daily inspections - Weight Limits - Floor finish pros and cons
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
1:45 PM - 2:05 PM
1:45 PM
Every day schools are falling victim to both small and large scale cyber attacks. Schools are a prime target for hackers looking to steal data and cause havoc on your environment. Is your district ready to take these threats on? Would you pay a ransom to a bad actor? Do you have a comprehensive cyber insurance plan or a rider on your district policy? How are you proactively protecting your district’s student, employee, and financial data? This session will provide some guidance as you begin to answer these questions for your organization and share resources with you to utilize in these times where cyber threats are our new reality.
Track
Auxiliary Services
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
Track
Finance
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
In order to provide your students and staff with the best learning environment possible, you have to look to the future. What type of environments will students experience in college or at their future workplaces? Questions like that informed the decision making process for the Gibraltar School District and our design team as we renovated a large portion of their existing facility, including the IMC and high school classrooms. Creating a modern learning environment that promotes flexibility and collaboration within an existing building footprint can present challenges, and our presentation will discuss how we overcame challenges to modernize the physical learning space in a 20th century building.
Track
Facilities Certification - CE
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
This panel discussion will articulate what it means to be a financially successful school district. What do districts do to gain strong public support, a solid credit rating and manageable taxes? We will discuss attributes that are inherent in financially successful districts. Hear school administrators discuss their strategies in establishing financial policies and practices to promote financial health. The focus of the discussion will be on practical ways to approach budgeting, capital planning and employee bargaining and offer strategies for informing stakeholders.
Track
Finance
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
Make sure you are getting the most out of your WASBO membership by utilizing all the new things we've gotten up and running since we were last together in person. Learn about the ConNectwork, WASBO Go App, WASBO Focus, and MORE!
Track
General Session
Time
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
3:10 PM
Join us for a fun way  to connect with your peers and wind down after our first day of professional development!
Track
Networking
Time
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
3:30 PM

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Description
Track
General Session
Time
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
10:15 AM
Track
General Session
Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
10:30 AM
Join us for a a half hour of uninterrupted networking! You'll be matched with random members for just a few minutes each, prizes will be awarded!
Track
Networking
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:00 AM
Track
General Session
Time
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
11:45 AM
Track
Resource Area
Time
12:15 PM - 1:25 PM
12:15 PM
For Wisconsin school districts, the threats of cybercriminals continue to become more frequent and severe. Adding complexity - the tactics of cybercriminals also continue to change. From phishing, malware, and ransomware to new tactics exploiting vulnerabilities in IT solutions and processes - school districts must remain aware of emerging tactics to respond and avoid becoming a victim adequately.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
12:25 PM - 12:45 PM
12:25 PM
There are a variety of issues that school districts are facing for the first time in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, including recent referenda decisions. To ensure success, these projects will require innovative thinking as “one size fits all” may not be the best approach. Join von Briesen for a session where “thinking outside the box” will not only be allowed, but encouraged.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
12:25 PM - 12:45 PM
12:25 PM
As School Districts across the State of Wisconsin prepare for the end of another fiscal year, it is important to think about appropriate strategies for a potential budget surplus. Understanding what tools are available to you and how they effect your future budget picture is more important than ever. During this brief session we will discuss some of these strategies and how they may impact your district with an overall vision of property tax management.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
12:25 PM - 12:45 PM
12:25 PM
Every District has operational and facility needs that outpace their ability to pay for those needs. School Business Officials that take a simple, yet comprehensive approach to aligning their strategies with priorities, budgets and funding alternatives achieve ownership by stakeholders and earn trust from their administration, school board, and community. In 15 minutes, learn the four easy steps you should take to align operational and facility needs with the District's ability to pay for those needs.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
12:25 PM - 12:45 PM
12:25 PM
Gain knowledge from our building experts on how a comprehensive assessment can help your district. You will learn why you need a comprehensive approach and how to achieve a step-by-step process to understand the current state of your facilities. This session will explain how to prioritize infrastructure needs to support educational programs effectively.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
12:55 PM - 1:15 PM
12:55 PM
While the pandemic may have sped up the process for acclimating to a variety of virtual platforms to help individuals, businesses and schools go about their day, there is no denying that this era of virtual learning and conducting business will go away any time soon. In fact, this is likely only the beginning of this technological shift. R&R has implemented the use of technology to educate our clients even before the pandemic and have found that in some cases it is the more efficient and timely way of doing things. During this mini-session, our consultants will discuss the following resources and how we have used them to successfully educate and help our clients. Virtual Resources: • Employee Benefits - Digital Benefit & Enrollment Guides - Client Education Materials • Property & Casualty - Cyber Security – Virtual Education Safeguards - Risk Management Center - Digital Resources
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
12:55 PM - 1:15 PM
12:55 PM
We will discuss how legislation expands eligibility for WRS and creates savings for Wisconsin School Districts. In addition, this legislation has made possible for eligible school districts the option of implementing a FICA Alternative Plan and saving employers 6.2% on all wages for part-time, seasonal and temporary employees.
Track
Sponsor Mini-Session
Time
12:55 PM - 1:15 PM
12:55 PM
According to K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, 2020 was a record year for school cyber fraud incidents. An average school district faces as many as three attempted cyber incidents per day.  This presentation will discuss why schools are targets, risk management best practices, and post incident recovery best practices.
Track
Finance
Time
1:25 PM - 2:15 PM
1:25 PM
Do you have trouble managing the balance within your life? Do you work too much? While perfect balance will never be possible, this session will provide insight into what balance means to you. The presenters will provide you with tools to help you understand your most important priorities and achieve greater balance in these areas with the intent to reduce your overall stress.
Track
Leadership
Time
1:25 PM - 2:15 PM
1:25 PM
Have you filed your form SBD-10710A “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illness?” If not, you should expect a visit from your friendly DSPS enforcement inspector! Under SPS 332.205, each employer shall report work-related injuries and illnesses to the department for the previous year by March 1 of each year. The report shall be made on Form SBD-10710 or the equivalent OSHA Form 300A. This course will inform you of how DSPS prioritizes districts to inspect and how to properly prepare for a DSPS compliance inspection. You will learn of the documentation required for the audit. A school professional that has participated in a recent audit will share the actual steps taken to prepare for the documentation audit, as well as the facility walk-through. In addition, the course will walk you through the actual procedures for the audit and inform you how to respond initially and following the audit.
Track
Facilities Certification - CE
Time
1:25 PM - 2:15 PM
1:25 PM
Education is a high-performance profession. Managing stress is a top health concern for district personnel. At this session, you will learn how to provide training and practice opportunities centered on mindfulness and self-awareness. Reducing stress and finding balance will allow your staff to increase their focus on the task of teaching students, as well as reduce medical claims associated with stress. Learn different mindfulness techniques that you can incorporate into your school and classrooms.
Track
Human Resources & Benefits
Time
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2:30 PM
Track
Advocacy
Time
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2:30 PM
Leadership is a skill that is often overlooked as needing practice or improvement. In our roles, leadership is an expectation of us, and is not something we learn once. Leadership is continued learning that will help you with many of your day to day duties as well as daily interactions with: • employees who raise your blood pressure; or • work with staff members that are mired in mediocrity; or • who have an open-door policy with a line of questions coming through it? The Academy will take you out of your comfort zone and truly help you grow as a leader. Join the facilitators and current attendees as they share their experiences from the Leadership Academy. Once you have heard about the new skills they have acquired you will want to check the Academy dates for 2021-22 and register for this engaging experience because Leadership is a choice!
Track
Leadership
Time
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2:30 PM
This presentation discusses the sometimes inconceivable events that can throw a district into a tailspin. Fires, floods, storms, car vs. building events, and even worse incidents propel districts down roads never imagined. During this hour, case studies will be examined as to what paths were taken that helped the districts and in some cases, caused difficulties. Experts in emergency services, insurance and health and safety will be on hand to offer insight, give valuable preparedness information, as well as answer any questions.
Track
Facilities Certification - CE
Time
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2:30 PM
Track
Networking
Time
3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
3:00 PM

Friday, 21 May 2021

Description
Track
General Session
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM
Track
General Session
Time
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM
What does the successful implementation of creative and effective healthcare solutions look like for school districts? Join us for a statewide tour of the best practices and solutions school districts are using to reduce costs and improve employee health. School leaders who implement these ideas can achieve greater employee satisfaction, lower turnover and improved productivity – with the ultimate goal of better student achievement. Because implementing benefits is different for school districts than other employers, we will discuss how these strategies are uniquely suited to your school district setting.
Track
Human Resources & Benefits
Time
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
9:15 AM
of the services offered through REALiving focus on helping people to be their BEST. Our training products, inspirational and motivational speakers, coaches, EAP services, wellness packages and publications are all designed to help you and your company be the very BEST. Join this seminar to learn about EAP services and why they are insturmental in helping employees navigate the "bumps" in today's workforce.
Time
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
9:15 AM
A Guide to Post Issuance Compliance.
Time
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
9:15 AM
We will review appropriate policies and legal requirements for communicating with employees in regard to-covid-related issues.  The presentation include discussions regarding reasonable accommodations, discrimination and harassment investigations and employee discipline/termination of employment. The session will include feedback from the audience using fact simulations from recent school situations. The goal is for the audience members to walk away with a good understanding of the policies, practices and legal requirements of the District in these complex and sometimes difficult situations.
Track
Human Resources & Benefits
Time
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
10:15 AM
You may often wonder if it is worth the effort to put a fine point on your district’s cash flow projections. In this session, we will focus on the benefits of a well thought out cash flow analysis and how it might impact your bottom line with increased opportunity for investment income. Additionally, if your school district does an annual cash flow borrowing, a fine-tuned cash flow will lead to optimizing that borrowing amount. We will also discuss the process for various cash flow borrowing techniques including issuing TRANs, Lines of Credit, or other borrowing arrangements.
Track
Finance
Time
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
10:15 AM
So much effort is given towards the first 95% of a capital project – securing the funding, hiring a design and construction team, managing the design process, getting plan approvals and building permits, overseeing the construction of the school, outfitting the building with furniture, fixtures and equipment, opening the school, and keeping your school board informed throughout the process. Too many times the last 5% of the project, those tasks that happen after substantial completion and opening the school, are either rushed, procrastinated or ignored. This session will help you better understand all of those tasks, how to accomplish them, and the benefits that completing them effectively can bring to you and your district.
Track
Facilities Certification - CE
Time
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
10:15 AM
This session will focus on the process of evaluating requests from staff, the community or PTO/booster clubs to do an activity. We will briefly discuss the risk management process and walk through a number of examples. This will involve group participation and analysis of any issues a participant may be currently facing. Examples to be evaluated include: - Helicopter landing at homecoming - Drone to record swimming stroke - Gaga Pit - should we have one - Car Smashing Fundraiser - Donkey Basketball - Gun Shows on school property - Motorcycle racing - Inflatables
Track
Auxiliary Services
Time
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
11:15 AM
Understanding the factors that determine your district’s rating is the first step in maintaining, improving or establishing a credit rating. With this knowledge you can identify the potential impacts your district’s decisions could have on its rating. The strength of your district’s credit rating not only impacts the interest cost associated with debt issues, but also serves as an indicator to your community of the financial health of the district. Credit agencies do not just look at credit ratings at the time of a borrowing but also conduct ongoing surveillance of issuers to evaluate their credit health. You will also get answers the common questions such as, “If the District does this will it hurt our credit rating?”, “Which rating agency should the District use?”, “What questions are they going to ask?” and, “Does the District have to answer credit agencies’ surveillance questions even if it is not issuing debt?”
Track
Finance
Time
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
11:15 AM
Up-to-date salary information for Wisconsin school business officials (08 License), with analysis of salary data by years of experience, gender, district location, enrollment, and other factors.  Interesting graphics, salary trends and labor market insights will be shared.
Time
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
11:15 AM
Do you have a school roof or wall that leaks? Have a persistent leak that just doesn’t get resolved despite repeated attempts to find the source? Find yourself scratching your head to find the best approach to resolving your leak headaches and stop the maintenance request calls? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this session is for you! In this session Building and Grounds Directors and Managers will take away the following key deliverables: 1. A proven approach to take when a leak occurs 2. Lessons learned from a veteran K-12 facility manager 3. Building enclosure maintenance tips 4. How to resolve reoccurring leaks Best practices will be discussed along with school building case studies. A proven approach to implement the second you find a leak that will save you vital resources. A blend of best practices and lessons learned case studies will be reviewed to demonstrate what can be done to resolve your leaky roof or wall systems.
Track
Facilities Certification - CE
Time
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
11:15 AM
Track
Networking
Time
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
12:00 PM
Track
Year of Success
Time
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
12:15 PM

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