FPC Sessions

7:30am - 8:00am 

Registration &  Refreshments

8:00am - 8:15am 

Welcome & Opening

8:15am - 9:15am | Keynote Session

Recommendations from the Illinois Terrorism Task Force School Safety Working Group
In February of last year, the Illinois Terrorism Task Force created a select School Safety Working Group that was charged with making recommendations for Illinois schools regarding safety and security. Law enforcement, emergency management professionals, the State Fire Marshall’s Office, and school management officials were selected to sit on the working group. A report was submitted to the Governor on April 5, 2018 containing 14 recommendations; the recommendations were updated in November of 2018. Hear all of the recommendations and discover how this work will impact the security of your school district!
Ben Schwarm
Deputy Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)

9:15am - 9:45am 

Exhibiting Time

9:45am - 10:45am Sessions

Maximize Your Leadership Skills

With the ever-increasing demands of the workplace, making the effort to develop yourself as a leader will empower you to successfully move your organization forward. This includes learning to lead others and use better relationship management practices to alleviate stress in the office. Hear from organizational leaders to gain insights and tools to help you and your team reach their full potential!

Jennifer Hermes, SFO
Chief Operating Officer, CSBO, Lake Forest SD 67 & 115
Carrie Matlock, AIA, LEED® AP, BD+C 
President, DLA Architects, Ltd.

On-Site Chemical Best Practices

Discuss the technologies used to generate chemicals on-site, the health of these practices and the sustainability benefits.

Jacob Powell Orbio Strategic Account Manager, Tennant Co.

Beyond ADA Requirements: Constructing for Students with Disabilities

Knowing the requirements for ADA codes during design and construction is one thing. Knowing the importance of the needs of students with disabilities is another. Discover what you should include in the design and construction of these highly overlooked spaces.

Stuart Brodsky, AIA, LEED® AP 
Senior Vice President, Cannon Design
Scott Gaunky, CPMM
 Dir./Facilities, Lincolnshire Prairieview SD 103
Kathy Gavin 
Dir./Fiscal Services, Niles Twp. Dept. of Special Ed.
Keith Hammelman
Senior Vice President, Cannon Design
John Maurer Principal, Wold Architects & Engineers

10:55am - 11:55am Sessions

The Business of Facility Management

Learn how to properly facilitate coordination, communication, budgeting and allocation of manpower and resources. Effective management will ensure top functioning facilities today and for years to come.
View the Presentation.

Daniel Brandolino Dir./Business Development, Midwest Mechanical
Ric King, CPA Asst. Supt./Business Services, Schaumburg CCSD 54
Mike Mostacci Dir./Operations & Maintenance, Schaumburg CCSD 54
Todd Schmauderer Asst. Dir./Facilities, Schaumburg CCSD 54

Leverage Incentives to Help Stretch Your Budget

Learn how to access solar and other energy saving grants to help stretch your district’s budget. Hear industry experts provide timely information on the Volkswagen settlement funds for electric buses, as well as the most recent information on state and federal grant opportunities.
View the Presentation: Part 1 & Part 2

Susan Mudd 
Sr. Policy Advocate, Environmental Law & Policy Center     
Becky Thompson 
Strategic Energy Advisor, Nania Energy Inc. 

Capital Improvements: On Time While Maintaining Your Resources

A panel of seasoned construction experts will discuss the most common problems with capital improvements. Engage in problem solving activities to draft and debate solutions using strategies offered by the presenters.
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Terry Fielden Dir./K-12 Education, International Contractors, Inc. 
Ken Florey Partner, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd. 
Carrie Matlock, AIA, LEED® AP, BD+C President, DLA Architects, Ltd.
Ed Wright Architect, DLA Architects, Ltd. 

11:55am - 1:15pm

Lunch & Exhibiting Time

1:15pm - 2:15pm Sessions

Understanding and Managing Your Emotional Triggers in the Workplace

Do you have a co-worker or supervisor who drives you crazy? This can trigger an emotional response that may alter your behavior. Being able to manage your emotional triggers in the workplace is a difficult skill to master, but once you are able to better understand your emotions you can learn how to manage them. Gain greater insight into your trigger events and learn practical suggestions on how you can better manage your behavior when your emotions get the best of you.
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Craig Collins Statewide Professional Development Coord., Illinois ASBO
Eric Miller Asst. Supt./Business Services, CSBO, Glenview CCSD 34
LeeAnn Taylor Dir./Fiscal Services, CSBO, Barrington CUSD 220

Leveraging Your Facility and Security Issues to Get Grants

An in-depth case study of the process that Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C took to investigate and identify their facility and security issues. Discover how this district created a narrative around these issues, created a financial plan to address them and leveraged their needs to obtain a $500,000 COPS security grant.

Al Kirkus Asst. Superintendent for Business, Homer Elem. SD 33C 
Jim Petrakos Principal Architect, TRIA Architecture, Inc.
Glen Wysong, CPMM Dir./Grounds & Maintenance, Homer Elem. SD 33C

Storm Shelter Requirements

Hear speakers from the 2018 NSSA Storm Shelter Conference and analyze two case studies from districts near you about meeting storm shelter requirements. Learn how to interpret the codes and discover the options your district has.
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Paul Pessetti Sr. Project Mgr., Legat Architects
Robin Randall Principal/K-12, Legat Architects
John Robinson, III Dir./Facilities Services, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 200
Rob Wroble, AIA, LEED® AP Senior Architect, Legat Architects

Energy Cost Reductions and Revenue Generation Programs for School Districts

Receive hands-on, professional advice and insight on energy efficiency concepts and practices that are highly effective in education. Plus, hear from the Illinois Energy Consortium about gas and energy market updates, energy analytics, examples and success stories.
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Glen Grimm 
Sr. Business Development Mgr., Constellation Energy
David Thieman Sr. Business Development Executive, NextEra Energy Services
Rocco Venuto, PE, CEM Account Executive, CPower Energy Management

2:25pm - 3:25pm Sessions

Construction Purchasing & Bidding

School construction bidding and purchasing can be complicated and filled with potential pitfalls. Learn from two experienced school law attorneys and a construction manager/school board member about common problems and practical solutions including public bidding nightmares and if cooperative purchasing is a viable option for your district.
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Terry Fielden Dir./K-12 Education, International Contractors, Inc. 
Ken Florey Partner, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd.
Matthew Gardner Associate, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd.

Athletic Field Construction & Maintenance

Discover what to consider when designing and constructing athletic fields. Then, learn about the necessary maintenance required to keep your natural turf fields in award winning shape.

Scott Gaunky, CPMM Dir./Facilities, Lincolnshire Prairieview SD 103
Tom Rychlik Senior Civil Engineer, Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc.

A Holistic Approach to Campus Safety

Learn how schools can be designed to mitigate threats while balancing transparent collaborative environments with defensible spaces.

Ron Anderson, CPMM, CPS Building & Project Manager, Proviso Twp. HSD 209
Mark Jolicoeur Principal, Perkins+Will