2023 Facilities Management Conference

Join your colleagues from across Wisconsin to learn about trends and innovations in school operations designed specifically for school facility, operations and maintenance and school business professionals!

  

This one-and-one-half-day educational conference features 24 breakout sessions, including both core and continuing education courses for the WASBO Facilities Certification Program. We will also recognize our Custodian/Maintenance Professionals of the Year and kick off with an energizing keynote. Don't forget to take advantage of the time to meet with 100+ vendors in the Exhibit Hall to get the information you need to make informed decisions.

A committee of your peers developed a program to cover these topic areas. View the entire conference offerings or click on the sessions in the conference registration to learn how you can enhance your professional development. See the schedule at a Glance here.

Your keynote speaker is Steve Jones, Record-Breaking Wis. High School Football Coach & Best-Selling Author

Culture either happens by design or default. Steve Jones will be discussing how to intentionally create and grow a “winning” culture by developing leaders within your organization. The importance and power of connection, mindset, and servant leadership are specific topics that will be covered in leadership development and cultural growth.

Steve Jones is a leadership coach, consultant, and best-selling author who has helped transform influential leaders and successful cultures. Culture either happens by design or default. Steve challenges individuals to intentionally create and grow a “winning” culture by developing leaders within an organization. He spent eleven seasons as the head football coach at Kimberly High School. During this time, the Papermakers have compiled a 129-9 record including a Wisconsin state record of 70 wins in a row. In his eleven years, Kimberly has won nine conference championships and five consecutive state championships along with one state runner-up finish. Steve has been named the Conference Coach of the Year nine times. He was also named the 2016 and 2017 Associated Press Coach of the Year and has won the WFCA/Packers Coach of the Year three years in a row. Steve was the national runner-up for the Don Shula NFL Coach-of-the-Year. Steve has received numerous awards for his leadership and positive influence. Steve has worked with numerous leading organizations like The Green Bay Packers, Verizon, Xerox, Kimberly-Clark, Bergstrom Automotive, and Stryker Medical. Steve taught three different leadership courses at Kimberly High School for thirteen years.


Breakout sessions include:

• Core Certification Modules 5 - Facility
   Life Cycle & Budgeting 
• Core Certification Module 6 - Leadership
• Embracing Stress While Balancing Life
• Three-Dimensional Active Threat Management: Crisis               Comm. and Emergency Legal Preparedness
• Building a Strategy to Confidently Address                     Facility Needs In An Uncertain Economy
• Retention Ponds: Maintenance & Avoiding DNR Fines
• Blueprint Reading
• Best Practices for Facilities Assessments
• Salt Wise Schools
• Round Table - Compare Your Data with Other Districts

• The Importance of Equity in School Facilities



Please join us in congratulating our four Custodian/Maintenance Professionals of the Year!

  • Dave Lillge, Menasha Joint SD
  • Hunter Belongia, Sparta Area SD
  • Jordan Espedal, Sun Prairie Area SD


Thanks to the generous support of Focus on Energy, 8 Facilities Management Conference Attendee Scholarships will be awarded to attend the Facilities Management Conference. These scholarships will enable facility professionals who would not otherwise be able to participate to attend this conference.  Be sure to apply before the February 10th deadline!

Additional Materials and Information

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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. All rates are per person. Individuals from vendor organizations not sponsoring or exhibiting at the WASBO Facilities Management Conference may register as attendees to participate in networking events and attend sessions; however, distribution of literature is not permitted. Contact Ryan Silvola at 608.729.6632 or [email protected] for sponsorship information.  


When
3/7/2023 11:00 AM - 3/8/2023 2:30 PM
Central Standard Time
Where
Kalahari Convention Center 1305 Kalahari Drive Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Program

Tuesday, 07 March 2023

Description
Take this time to network with the over 120 exhibitors before starting educational sessions this afternoon. Receive WASBO swag when you pick up your BINGO card, add your name and block out all the squares. This is a great way to meet new vendors and broaden your network of resources!
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
Continue your conversation with peers and exhibitors over lunch. Purchase raffle tickets at the registration desk and check out the prizes donated by exhibitors. You have ten tickets in your name badge to get you started! Proceeds go to the Joel Konze Memorial/Facilities Management Conference Student Scholarship.
Time
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
12:00 PM
Time
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
12:45 PM
Purchase raffle tickets and visit exhibitors. Drop your tickets in the prizes you want to win. Don't forget to fill your BINGO card!
Time
2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
2:00 PM
Sport surfaces and fields are critical to the operation of successful athletic programs. Learn how to manage different types of sports surfaces through effective field maintenance, aerating, seeding, fertilizing, top dressing, set-ups, and documentation. Artificial turf maintenance & product selection will be discussed.
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
A long term maintenance plan is needed in order to properly maintain a facility. This includes identifying, budgeting, and prioritizing facility needs that may not be part of a facility master plan.
Time
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
2:20 PM
Purchase raffle tickets and visit exhibitors. Drop your tickets in the prizes you want to win. Don't forget to fill your BINGO card!
Time
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
3:10 PM
Your presenters will review the state accounting codes (WUFAR) as they apply to their school district, the processes they use to develop a facilities budget, and how they are attempting to work with declining budget amounts.
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
3:30 PM
Three-Dimensional Active Threat Management: Crisis Communications and Emergency Legal Preparedness. Emergency operating plans are not enough to prepare your district for the issues you will encounter during a crisis. Learn how to also prepare for the urgent communication and legal demands you will face, allowing you to proactively and effectively protect what you care about most – the safety of your students, staff, community and reputation.
Time
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
3:30 PM
Continue the networking with your colleagues and exhibitors. You have one drink ticket in your namebadge. If you haven't already done so purchase raffle tickets and visit exhibitors. Drop your tickets in the prizes you want to win. Continue filling your BINGO card and receive WASBO swag.
Time
4:20 PM - 5:30 PM
4:20 PM
Join us at Tom Foolery's Adventure Park for more networking! Check in at the WASBO registration table upstairs in the bowling area to begin your evening Tuesday, Feb 15 starting at 8pm. You will receive two beverage tickets and a wristband if you want to participate in these park activities. Bowling is also included but a wristband is not required to bowl• Atomic Rush • Climbing Wall • Go Karts • Laser Tag • Mini-Golf • Revolution 360 • Ropes Course • XD Dark Ride • Sky Tykes • Carousel • Ferris Wheel
Time
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
8:00 PM

Wednesday, 08 March 2023

Description
Join your colleagues and exhibitors to plan your day! Continue filling your BINGO card. Be sure to use the 10 tickets in your namebadge, purchase additional raffle tickets and drop them for a chance to win prizes donated by participating exhibitors! The last time to enter your tickets is 10:45am today. Winners announced at 11:35am. Keep your tickets. Any unclaimed prizes redrawn at 12:15pm!
Time
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
6:30 AM
In this session we will cover all aspects of capital planning from the development of a five or ten year plan for major maintenance, energy, security, etc. to planning of new schools or additions. Your presenters will discuss how to prioritize projects as well as identifying funding sources, managing tax impact, and understanding debt retirement schedules. They will also discuss formulating a communication plan to present your plan to the Superintendent, School Board and general public. Finally, they will cover potential resources to help you in the overall capital planning process.
Time
7:30 AM - 8:20 AM
7:30 AM
Society has taught us that stress is something we should avoid at all costs! How too much stress will impact your health and your life. Well, the truth is that stress isn’t always a bad thing. We need some stress in life to motivate us to move forward. How we handle and perceive stress in our lives is critical. How to manage our response and not allow it to become dangerous to our well-being. Learn techniques and strategies to approach stress healthily and productively that help us do good work but not be consumed by that work.
Time
7:30 AM - 8:20 AM
7:30 AM
As School management teams look toward the growth and future maintenance of their district’s facilities, you may have concerns regarding the impact the economy has on the current financing and construction environment. The most significant of those concerns could include sharply rising interest rates, construction costs, elongated lead times for materials, and general instability of labor and material availability. In this presentation, Baird & JP Cullen will examine the present state of the municipal bond market and construction industry. We will discuss strategies for preparing for referendum in the face of this volatile economy – outlining where the costs have been and predictions on where they’re headed. We will discuss some causes of supply chain disruptions in the industry and the effect they have on your future projects. Lastly, we’ll share with you some of our recommendations and risk mitigation strategies to allow you to confidently plan to meet your capital needs.
Time
7:30 AM - 8:20 AM
7:30 AM
Purchase raffle tickets and visit exhibitors. Drop your tickets in the prizes you want to win. Don't forget to fill your BINGO card! You also have 10 tickets in your namebadge to use! The last time to enter your tickets is 10:45am today. Winners announced at 11:35am. Keep your tickets. Any unclaimed prizes redrawn at 12:15pm!
Time
8:20 AM - 8:35 AM
8:20 AM
With the passage of many facility referenda, Wisconsin facility managers have been tasked with oversight of billions of dollars in construction projects over the last decade. A facility manager's role in each of these projects can differ, but trust that you will be expected to lead, and that large projects can consume a facility manager for years at a time. This course is designed to give a brief overview of the stages of a referendum, from planning, through execution. We will review some pitfalls to avoid as well as opportunities that will present themselves.
Time
8:35 AM - 9:25 AM
8:35 AM
This blueprint reading course is designed to provide you with foundational knowledge and hands-on practice so you can confidently discuss plans on the job.
Time
8:35 AM - 9:25 AM
8:35 AM
8:35 AM
Purchase raffle tickets and visit exhibitors. Drop your tickets in the prizes you want to win. Don't forget to fill your BINGO card! You also have 10 tickets in your namebadge to use! The last time to enter your tickets is 10:45am today. Winners announced at 11:35am. Keep your tickets. Any unclaimed prizes redrawn at 12:15pm!
Time
9:25 AM - 9:40 AM
9:25 AM
This facilities manager certification session will feature effective communications and interaction with the public. We will review the elements of effective communication and personal contacts, identify the key components to gaining trust and respect from others, and getting your message out and understood. We will also discuss ways to counteract misinformation and correct false rumors before they become widespread, as well as how to react to complaints about you and/or your staff.
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
Equity focuses on providing students with tools and resources to make educational opportunities fair to everyone. Equity often focuses on academics, family support, and educators, but it can also apply to school facilities. In this presentation, participants will learn about equity in education and how equipment, resources, and ADA compliance in 21st-century learning spaces can help level the playing field.
Time
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
9:40 AM
This is the last chance to drop your tickets for the prizes you want to win. Don't forget to fill your BINGO card! You also have 10 tickets in your namebadge to use! Winners announced at 11:35am. Keep your tickets. Any unclaimed prizes redrawn at 12:15pm!
Time
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
10:30 AM
Facility Managers are being called on more than ever to present data related to facilities. From energy savings to customer satisfaction- this session will explore data that can be tracked and celebrated, as well as shared with your leadership team or school board. If it is worth doing....then it is worth measuring!
Time
10:45 AM - 11:35 AM
10:45 AM
Time
10:45 AM - 11:35 AM
10:45 AM
Have you ever wondered how youth apprenticeship students (work-based learning) might fit into your department/ program? Is it applicable? How could it be the next step in providing opportunities for students that also fill the needs of the district? In this session, we will explore these questions and share the success stories of strong WI DWD Youth Apprenticeship placements that provided next-level opportunities for students, while being employed by our own school districts. If you're wondering how you could make this happen in your district, who to assist you, and what the partnership could look like, please plan to attend this session. The steps to ensuring a successful youth apprenticeship program will be covered, including official partnerships, agreements, logistics, contracts, labor, and equipment laws
Time
10:45 AM - 11:35 AM
10:45 AM
Get your lunch, check to see if you are the successful winner of the prizes donated by partcipating exhibitors and continue networking with your colleagues. Raffle winners located in WASBO Go and select Raffle Results. Keep your tickets! Any unclaimed prizes redrawn at 12:15pm.
Time
11:35 AM - 12:35 PM
11:35 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.
Time
12:35 PM - 1:25 PM
12:35 PM
Time
12:35 PM - 1:25 PM
12:35 PM
Smart salting practices can reduce damage to building infrastructure, improve level of service, and help you save money on salt.
Time
12:35 PM - 1:25 PM
12:35 PM
Enjoy light snacks and conversations with attendees and presenters as we begin to wrap up Day 2!
Time
1:25 PM - 1:40 PM
1:25 PM
Time
1:40 PM - 2:30 PM
1:40 PM
Time
1:40 PM - 2:30 PM
1:40 PM

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