2021 Summer Midwest Facility Masters Conference

Join us for a summer Midwest Facility Masters Conference, rescheduled from November 2020! This hybrid conference will offer an in person offering, limited virtual offering, exhibit hall and sessions on the latest in facilities.
Because of this crucial need for learning and networking — and to help welcome WASBO members back to our in-person conferences, with each registration purchased, conference attendees now have the opportunity to bring a colleague with them without having to pay for their registration! Once you register, you'll receive a follow-up email to register your colleague as well! Register for this conference by 4:30 PM on Monday, June 4 to take advantage of this special BOGO deal! Register now!
The Midwest Facility Masters Conference provides Career Development, Continuing Education and Networking for School Facility, School Operations and School Business Professionals from throughout the Midwest.

Our theme, Joined as One, We Get the Job Done, is appropriate for the timing of this conference. There is a critical need to provide facility leaders with timely and useful professional development as you work with various teams in your district to serve your students during a pandemic and beyond. With professional learning to address that need with sessions related to the Coronavirus as well as ongoing operational requirements. Virtual and in person registration is available. Make a point to get the information you need as you lead in your district and community.

This year's keynote speaker is Kenny Aronoff, an American drummer who has been the sideman for many bands both live and in the studio, especially for John Mellencamp, with whom he worked from 1980 to 1996. Hear more about him here:

This amazing drummer has worked with John Mellencamp, Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Sting, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler, The Smashing Pumpkins, Meatloaf, B.B. King, Rod Stewart, John Fogerty and more!

 

Why should you attend this conference? Conference co-Chairs Jim Beckmann and Dale Zabel have the answers and a surprise announcement!


Along with new trends and innovations in safety, security, facilities management and operations this year’s conference features sessions to operate in the "new normal," such as Flexibility in Scheduling: Accommodating the Generations and Let's Not Forget About Every Day School Safety.

Additionally, you will want to visit the exhibit hall to learn about innovative new products and services available to improve efficiency, save your district money, and improve the learning environment for kids!

 

District professionals can choose to attend this conference either in-person or virtually. In addition to in person sessions, on-demand learning sessions will be made available online. Due to public health and safety concerns, WASBO will be limiting the number of in-person conference attendees. Those who choose to attend this conference in person must agree to follow WASBO's COVID-19 Required Safeguards.


Learn from industry experts in over 30 live sessions, with tracks on:

  • Schedule at a Glance

  • Leadership, Team Building, Supervision & Evaluation

  • Healthy Schools & Learning Environments

  • Operations & Maintenance

  • Safety, Security & Risk Management

  • Auxiliary Services

  • WASBO Facilities Manager Certification Sessions - Module 1, Custodial Operations, and Module 2, Building Systems

           

Certification credits are available from the following:

  • The Facilities Designation Program for Illinois

  • Wisconsin ASBO Facilities Manager Certification Program - Module 1, Custodial Operations, and Module 2, Building Systems

  • CEUs for Certified Plant Engineer (CPE)

  • CEUs for Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM)

  • CEUs for Certified Plant Supervisor (CPS

Register today for this valuable learning opportunity – only $255 per person when you register by May 27 ($270 after)! Register multiple attendees from your school district or company and save even more! Register early to save!

CONFERENCE ATTENDEE NOTICE 
COVID-19 REQUIRED SAFEGUARDS

As we prepare for in-person conferences, providing attendees and exhibitors with a safe and healthy learning environment is our top priority.  To do this well, all participants must follow the safeguards necessary for minimizing transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The safeguards include the following:

Before the Event:

Prepare to attend by monitoring your fever and symptoms before the conference.

Stay home if you have a fever or other symptoms.

Stay home if you have a family member with COVID-19 and follow CDC recommended precautions.

During the Event: 

Have your temperature checked upon arrival to the conference.

Wear a mask during the conference. A mask is required and will be provided if you do not have one.

Practice physical distancing as required.

Follow the CDC’s handwashing guidance.

Follow the CDC’s sneezing and coughing guidance.

After the Event:

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

If you are uncomfortable with these safeguards, you might want to consider attending this conference virtually.

To learn more about how the Kalahari is making changes to keep their guests safe, please visit:  https://www.kalaharimeetings.com/our-covid-19-response/

The Midwest Facility Masters Conference will provide school leaders and exhibitors with critical information and networking during the learning sessions.  At this time, we are confident that participants can safely conduct an in-person conference with comprehensive COVID-19 safeguards in place and practiced by all who attend. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. 

 

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 have previously attended a WASBO or Midwest Facility Masters Conference, your User Name is your email address. If you are unsure of your password, click the Forgot My Password link to reset your password to log in.

Be sure to click the orange Save Responses button below before you Proceed to Checkout.

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 from your organization will need to register separately.

 
EXHIBITORS - please register each of your two included representatives per company below; you will each have to login or create an account to do so. You are limited to no more than two in person representatives per booth space. If you register more than two, WASBO will contact you to change those registrations. If you wish to register more than two representatives for the virtual conference option, you are welcome to do so.

 

 

 

When
6/10/2021 - 6/11/2021
Where
Kalahari Convention Center 1305 Kalahari Drive Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Program

Wednesday, 09 June 2021

Description
7:00 PM

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Description
Track
Meal
Time
7:00 AM - 8:50 AM
7:00 AM
Kenny has entertained millions of people with his drumming all across the world, played on thousands of records, provided the beat of America’s culture for four decades, and has been the “go to” drummer for the biggest stars in music, ranging from John Mellencamp to Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan to The Smashing Pumpkins, and everyone in between! ? Why has drummer Kenny Aronoff become the industry’s most in-demand for both live concerts and recording sessions? ? How did he earn the trust and respect needed to lead the most elite musical acts on the planet? ? How has he maintained this reputation over such a long career in one of the most turbulent industries in the world? What Kenny Aronoff has learned in the process of making his dreams become his reality is the message he delivers as an in-demand keynote speaker. He talks expertly and revealingly with relatable messaging about achievement, teamwork, and leadership in a fun and riveting keynote that shows us how to ROCK!
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
General Session
Time
7:50 AM - 8:50 AM
7:50 AM
With five generations in the workplace learn from one of your peers how they are working with their staff to accommodate unique schedules. This approach has also allowed the district to accomplish their daily work.
Category
In Person Only
Track
Leadership
Team Building
Supervision & Evaluation
Time
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
9:00 AM
Come participate in an open discussion centered on transparency with your community, working with different types of outside organizations, enhancing your public, parents of students and much more. A Dude Solutions events expert will share insight from our exclusive national data and discuss how clients can fully leverage our Events solution and the data provided.
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
9:00 AM
This session will uncover methods and strategies to create, develop a roadmap to manage risk, and facilitate a more effective safety committee within a school district.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
Safety
Security & Risk Management
Time
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
9:00 AM
This course is about key strategies of the recruiting employees and building a high performing team. This includes hiring, recruiting, the interview process, and onboarding. This course also covers the eight steps to performance management.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 1
Time
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
9:00 AM
Leadership is critical to the success of any organization. In this interactive session we will explore the philosophies and qualities of outstanding leaders. We will also examine ways to implement those strategies to become more effective leaders ourselves.
Category
In Person & On Demand
Track
Leadership
Team Building
Supervision & Evaluation
Time
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
10:00 AM
This year has been like no other...or has it? School business and operations is a life of putting out fires and creating solutions, all while leading others to do the same. While COVID has likely exasperated the stress levels for many of us, the show will go on with new sets of problems to solve in the future. If you are not taking care of yourself or others, it will catch up with you! This session will explore practical ways to focus on taking care of yourself, and engaging others to do the same. You will leave with intentional steps to wellness & engagement to embed into your daily work!
Category
In Person & On Demand
Track
Leadership
Team Building
Supervision & Evaluation
Time
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
10:00 AM
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a tool that benefits school districts in understanding design and construction projects. Digitally walk through spaces, save money and time during construction through improved coordination. Learn how this 3D model can be transferred to school districts to assist in maintaining your facilities.
Category
In Person Only
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
10:00 AM
Supervision of employees is one of the primary responsibilities of buildings and grounds professionals. This segment of the Certification Program examines the tools you must have to supervise custodial staff. The instruction also explores the steps of progressive discipline and looks at the requirements of "Due Process."
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 1
Time
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
10:00 AM
Category
In Person Only
Track
Exhibit Hall
Time
10:50 AM - 12:10 PM
10:50 AM
Category
In Person Only
Track
Meal
Time
12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
12:10 PM
If you are a Facilities Director you serve many roles in the district and community. Your presenters will identify and explain the importance of your communication with the board, superintendent, administrator, teachers, students and your staff. Join the session to learn how these long time facilities directors work to speak the languages of their customers!
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
Leadership
Team Building
Supervision & Evaluation
Time
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
1:10 PM
In schools, finance, business and operations professionals share many of the same goals, one of which is to provide a safe, healthy learning environment for students. While this goal may sound simple, it can be difficult to achieve, and facilities and operations are often challenging areas for business officers to manage. So how can a facilities manager and business officer get everyone on the same page? Seeking common ground and asking critical questions is a good place to start. Join us as we discuss how much capital is needed to maintain existing buildings and how it should be allocated. Plus, learn about ways you can leverage new technologies in facilities and operations to make your processes more efficient.
Category
In Person Only
Track
Dude Solutions
Time
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
1:10 PM
Everyone knows by now that converting your dim, outdated, failing lighting with new, bright, LED lighting is the only way to go. We also know that there is significant energy savings and utility rebates to do this type of upgrade, and that a new lighting project will reduce the need for constant maintenance. In this presentation, we will not discuss any of this! A lighting upgrade offers many more benefits to an educational facility than just energy-savings and reduced maintenance including safety, student performance, and teacher retention, to name a few. Let’s talk about that and how it could help you get projects approved.
Category
In Person Only
Track
Energy Efficiency
Renewable Energy & LED Lighting
Time
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
1:10 PM
Hear from a panel of seasoned construction professionals as they walk through the closeout process and provide information on possible pitfalls as you closeout your project.
Category
In Person & On Demand
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
1:10 PM
Your presenter will help you determine the proper staffing levels for your school district. You will receive examples of cleaning questions to determine the proper level of cleaning for your school district; these questions can be modified to fit your districts’ needs and usage. Attendees will also receive spreadsheets that you can use to collect your data and input. These sheets will calculate your cleaning time to help you determine if you are overstaffed or understaffed.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 1
Time
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
1:10 PM
We will continue the discussion from Part 1 as we identify and explain the importance of your communication with the board, superintendent, administrator, teachers, students and your staff. Join the session to learn how these long time facilities directors work to speak the languages of their customers!
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
Leadership
Team Building
Supervision & Evaluation
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 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.
Category
In Person & On Demand
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
The LTFM program offers a comprehensive program to fund a facility ten-year plan developed by a school district, intermediate school district, or cooperative. The uses of revenue, or allowable expenditures, remain the same. We will discuss how to prepare and execute the LTFM program, including deferred capital expenditures and maintenance projects necessary to prevent further erosion of facilities, process & timelines, revenue uses & restrictions and a long term look at expenditures.
Category
In Person & On Demand
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
Your presenter will provide you with information pertaining to the selection and purchase of chemicals and cleaning equipment for your school district.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 1
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
For the first time in history, five generations comprise today’s workforce. And many of our most experienced workers are retiring. By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be 65 years or older, and we’re expecting 50% of facility managers to retire in the next decade. Blue-collar positions are notoriously harder to fill than professional positions, leaving operations executives thinking less about their daily operations and more about how to take their facilities departments into the future. We’ll take an in-depth look at the state of today’s workforce with tips to working cross-generationally, and how to utilize technology.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
Technology & Social Media
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
Join us for an overview of the facts regarding disinfecting versus sanitizing, as well as current strategies to combat COVID-19. Disinfecting your buildings during the pandemic can be stressful - get honest answers to common questions as it pertains to disinfection. Hear the latest updates on what works, what doesn't, and what we've learned along the way.
Category
In Person & On Demand
Track
Healthy Schools & Learning Environments
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
Building Automation Systems can be a fantastic tool to help you efficiently operate your buildings but can also be viewed as a big pain. So, how do you tell if the problem is with the mechanical equipment or the controls? Or how do you tell if both of them are doing their part but the problem lies with air or water flow balancing? And how do you know if this is something we can handle internally vs. hiring an outside contractor? This presentation will provide a quick overview of the logic behind how HVAC equipment and building automation system controls operate, how to interpret what your existing graphical interface is telling you, and how to troubleshoot some common problems. In addition, it will cover a few maintenance items that a typical BAS requires.
Category
In Person Only
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
Proper lighting design, controls, and system performance are critical to today’s learning environment. The evolution of lighting technologies and code requirements make choosing the proper lighting systems more challenging than ever. LED technologies are re-defining the role of lighting solutions in schools and making the right choice has become very confusing. This session will cover lighting technologies, LED – and where this technology is currently moving.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 2
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
Category
In Person Only
Track
Networking
Time
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
4:30 PM
Join us for some friendly games of cornhole while networking with your peers!
Track
Networking
Time
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
8:00 PM

Friday, 11 June 2021

Description
Time
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
7:00 AM
Join a panel that includes Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Xennials and Millennials as they discuss the key differences in their management styles as well as how they work with other generations in the workplace. Everyone has the same end goal of getting the job done for our students, but the motivational differences may surprise you! You'll leave with ideas on how to knock down bias barriers as well as better communicate and lead your own multi-generational teams.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
General Session
Time
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
8:00 AM
Everyone wants to do the right thing and act ethically. Is it really that simple? Join your presenters to discuss, “What would you do?” when applying ethics using real life experiences in the operations of your department and school district.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
Leadership
Team Building
Supervision & Evaluation
Time
9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
9:25 AM
Understand the flow of a water damage restoration situation. Develop your strategy from the first call to the final drying.
Category
In Person & On Demand
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
9:25 AM
There are a number of design, construction, and commissioning factors to consider when working with additions and partial renovations of existing HVAC systems. This presentation discusses several lessons learned, showcasing how proactive design and early construction presence can prevent the common post-occupancy issues. The end results will expedite project closeout and occupancy.
Category
In Person Only
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
9:25 AM
New construction and renovation projects often include flooring upgrades and weighing pros and cons on material selection. Explore design, durability, maintenance and ROI on a variety of flooring types. Learn why more moisture problems are occurring and how moisture behaves in concrete, as well as the ways to prevent, mitigate or solve moisture problems in concrete that eventually destroy flooring.
Category
In Person Only
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
9:25 AM
Learn about reading your utility bills, tracking energy use and ways to save energy for your district. Also included is using energy data to compare your energy use to other school districts and how can you become an "Energy Star."
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 2
Time
9:25 AM - 10:15 AM
9:25 AM
We will focus on how to connect and communicate with your district’s administrative leadership. Many Facilities Managers (especially in smaller and middle size districts) may not be part of the administrative team. We will discuss the need for Facilities Managers to be included, tips for getting there and practical applications for how to exist in that space once they do. Topics include communicating with administrators, gaining respect as a leader and preparing for meetings.
Category
In Person Only
Track
Leadership
Team Building
Supervision & Evaluation
Time
10:25 AM - 11:15 AM
10:25 AM
This course will look at the current regulatory requirements for testing drinking water, and how they relate to the proposed legislation. A summary of likely requirements for sampling all K-12 schools drinking water will be offered. In addition, a representative from a school district who has conducted water sampling district-wide will share their experience with the testing procedures, lab results and the response to elevated levels that were taken, as well as the best way to communicate the sampling and results. If you are considering pro-active sampling, this course will prepare you.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
Healthy Schools & Learning Environments
Time
10:25 AM - 11:15 AM
10:25 AM
What are you doing to keep your safety training relevant? Are you taking steps to prevent injuries on your campuses? Has your district gone through a recent DSPS audit? Join presenters from both urban and rural school districts to discuss the best practices for keeping your staff and students safe in your district.
Track
Safety
Security & Risk Management
Time
10:25 AM - 11:15 AM
10:25 AM
Whether or not you recently passed a referendum, are planning a referendum or are simply trying to deliver facility projects, this session provides tools and strategies for successful project management. Takeaways will include, how to manage project risk, when to make critical decisions, how to hire consultants to capitalize on the strengths of your internal team and a defined process to understand life cycle impact of design decisions.
Category
In Person Only
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
10:25 AM - 11:15 AM
10:25 AM
Heating systems (hot water, steam, rooftop, and dual fuel), Cooling Systems (DX, water and air cooled chillers), Air Distribution Systems (VAV, constant reheat) and geothermal vs. ground sourcing are just a few of the topics we will highlight in this session.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 2
Time
10:25 AM - 11:15 AM
10:25 AM
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.
Category
In Person Only
Track
Safety
Security & Risk Management
Time
11:25 AM - 12:15 PM
11:25 AM
The importance of project specific communication within the district is key to the successful completion of any project. There will always be challenging team members and stakeholders, but the key is to make the extra effort to identify a communication strategy that can be implemented throughout the entire project. Your presenters will discuss strategies and methods they’ve used on multiple projects ranging in size and project complexity.
Category
In Person Only
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
11:25 AM - 12:15 PM
11:25 AM
Nearly 200,000 injuries that require emergency room treatment occur annually on public playgrounds. These injuries can be prevented with proper playground design and standardized inspection and maintenance program. This session will highlight the primary causes of playground injuries and discuss the responsibilities owners as well as manufacturers have for providing and maintaining safe playgrounds.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
11:25 AM - 12:15 PM
11:25 AM
Join this engaging round table discussion as your peers share their perspectives as the facilities director and what you should expect from your provider.
Track
Operations & Maintenance
Time
11:25 AM - 12:15 PM
11:25 AM
High points of this session will focus on the electronic systems used in school buildings including fire alarm, security, intercom, clock, telephone, and more. We will discuss the various types of systems, their advantages and disadvantages, relative costs, and other helpful information.
Category
In Person & Virtual
Track
WASBO Facilities Manager Core Certification Module 2
Time
11:25 AM - 12:15 PM
11:25 AM
Time
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
12:15 PM

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