Emerging SBO Sessions

DAY ONE - Wednesday, July 22, 2020

10:45am - 11:00am | Welcome

11:00am - 12:00pm | Breakout Sessions

Revenues for the Novice

Come learn the basics of school revenues, property taxes, state funding and more!


Data Analysis for Decision Making

Learn the importance of using data for strategic decision-making around staffing, budget planning, enrollment trends, projections and other essential topics for CSBOs.
Jeff Feyerer Asst. Supt./Finance & Operations/CSBO, Fairview South SD 72
Wes Karsten
Manager - 5Sight, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.

12:00pm - 12:20pm | Break

12:20pm - 1:10pm | Lunch & Ask Me Anything (AMA) Session with Dr. Michael Jacoby

1:10pm - 1:30pm | Break

1:30pm - 2:30pm | Breakout Sessions

Expenditures for the Novice

Learn the basics of school expenditures and financial reporting.

Scott Beranek Chief School Business Official, E. F. Lindop SD 92
Dennis Forst Chief School Business Official, Darien Public SD 61

Bonds 101

Understand the basics of how and what you can borrow for. Plus, hear the complexities of the process, such as why you can’t refinance bonds like your mortgage, how tax caps apply to bonds and best practices for issuing bonds. Learn how to use the tools of borrowing legally and effectively to help manage district finances and capital funding needs.

Andy Arndt Vice President, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Anjali Vij Partner, Chapman and Cutler LLP

DAY TWO - Thursday, July 23, 2020

1:45pm - 2:00pm | Welcome

2:00pm - 3:00pm | Breakout Sessions

A Crash Course in School Facilities

As a new business official, there is a lot that you need to learn. Get an overview of facilities and what you need to know from a business official perspective. Leave prepared to hit the ground running this year!

Doug Renkosik, CPMM Dir./Operations & Maintenance, Huntley CSD 158
Colin Wilkie, CPMM, CPS Energy Operations Manager, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 200

Countdown to an Approved Budget 

Learn the ins and outs of building a successful budget, the timeline throughout the year, what is due when and what you need to think through.

Jordi Camps, CPA Asst. Supt./Business Services, CFO, East Maine SD 63
Jeff Feyerer Asst. Supt./Finance & Operations/CSBO, Fairview South SD 72

3:00pm - 3:20pm | Break

3:20pm - 4:20pm | Breakout Sessions

School Construction: Everything You Need to Know in an Hour

As a future School Business Official, construction and purchasing will be part of your life from basic maintenance projects to complex new buildings or additions. Learn from a panel of experienced construction and purchasing professionals including a former school board member/Construction Manager, School Architect and School Attorneys about what to expect and how to have successful construction projects.

Terry Fielden Dir./K-12 Education, International Contractors, Inc.
Kenneth Florey
Partner, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd.
Carrie Matlock, AIA, LEED® AP, BD+C President, DLA Architects, Ltd.
Howard Metz Partner, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd.

Building Your Professional Network

Learn the benefits of meeting and expanding your network using social media and national/local associations.
Dan Oberg Dir./Business Services, Comm. High Sch. Dist. 94
LeeAnn Taylor
Dir./Fiscal Services, CSBO, Barrington CUSD 220

4:20pm - 4:30pm | Break

4:30pm - 5:15pm | Happy Hour & Networking