Regional Conferences Sessions

East Peoria Sessions

7:30am - 8:15am 

Registration &  Refreshments

8:15am - 8:40am 

Welcome & Opening

8:45am - 9:45am

New Legislation from Recent General Assembly Session

Get an overview of the recent spring legislative session. Then, focus on the new legislation that is specifically important for superintendents and business managers to be aware of.

Speaker:
David Wood

Teachers Retirement System: Employer Reporting

TRS is moving from annual to pay period reporting beginning July 1, 2020. Find out how this will affect your district's reporting practices!

Speakers:
Grant Brauer, Chris Foster and Jay Singh

Leaves of Absence: Medical, Maternity & More

There are a myriad of leaves of absence available to employees under federal and state law. Learn about best practices and governing law for administrators for medical, maternity, mental health, workers’ compensation, ADA-related leaves and collective bargaining agreements.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Brittany Flaherty Theis and Stuart Whitt



9:55am - 10:55am

Property Tax Assessments: When & How School Districts Get Involved?

Property taxes fill a large portion of a school district’s revenues. Attendees will learn the basics of the property tax cycle and opportunities for school districts to get involved, including what factors to evaluate, points of contact and best practices.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Brittany Flaherty Theis and Stuart Whitt

Site-Based Expenditure Reporting: Lessons Learned & Thinking Ahead

Join ISBE and fellow district implementers to reflect upon the first year of reporting site-based expenditures (FY2019) and prepare for the second year (FY2020). In this facilitated workshop, participants will share lessons learned from FY2019 reporting, brainstorm proactive steps for FY2020 and consider what these new data points mean.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Sara Shaw and Michael Duback

Working to Solve Today’s Teacher Recruitment Challenges Through Partnerships

Is your district struggling to recruit teachers? Briefly explore the current state of affairs and how we got here, then consider how developing partnerships with colleges, universities and other institutions and individuals could help turn the tide. Sharing of ideas and experiences will be welcomed and encouraged!
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Tim Neubert


11:05am - 12:05pm

GATA Update

An update on the development and implementation of the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Marc Gibbs, Alex Wheeler, David Hellwig

Site-Based Expenditure Reporting: Lessons Learned & Thinking Ahead

Join ISBE and fellow district implementers to reflect upon the first year of reporting site-based expenditures (FY2019) and prepare for the second year (FY2020). In this facilitated workshop, participants will share lessons learned from FY2019 reporting, brainstorm proactive steps for FY2020 and consider what these new data points mean.

Speakers:
Sara Shaw and Michael Duback

Bargaining Implications: New Laws for Minimum Teacher Salaries & Minimum Wage

Get guidance on the most fiscally prudent ways to address the new minimum teacher salary and minimum wage requirements. Plus, learn strategies for obtaining union buy-in during bargaining.

Speakers:
Jay Greening


12:05pm - 1:05pm

Lunch


1:05pm - 2:05pm

Need More Revenue?

In today's volatile environment market dynamics such as inflation, federal funds rate, state funding and other economic factors play an important role in a district's budgeting process. Understand how the market affects all aspects of the district’s budgeting process and how these factors impact decisions from financial forecasting to increasing revenue to the district’s bottom line. Learn how you can generate more interest income through a well-structured investment strategy, understanding the economic market and evaluating the best investments for your district.

Speakers:
Sheetal Rai, Kevin Heid

School Construction: Top 10 Problems & Solutions

School construction is a complicated process with many aspects that can cause problems, big and small. Learn about how to identify and effectively deal with these problems from experienced professionals.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Ken Florey, Terry Fielden, Gene Hanses and Jan Bush

The Human Resources Toolbox

Learn some of the technical functions related to human resources in schools such as FMLA, FLSA, collective bargaining and employee investigations.
See presentation HERE

Speaker:
Laurie Campbell


2:15pm - 3:15pm

The New Age of Digital Learning: Micro-Credentials

Be one of the first to learn about cutting edge professional development through micro-credentials and digital badging. This self-guided PD puts you in control of your learning, anytime, anywhere. Micro-credentials allow you to demonstrate competency in school finance by earning digital badges. Once earned, include your digital badge on your resume, email signature and LinkedIn profile to demonstrate your mastery to your professional network.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Susan Bertrand and Barry Bolek

Purchasing & Bidding: From the Basics to the Advanced

School purchasing and bidding can be a complex and often confusing process filled with many hazards. Learn about how to navigate the process from experienced professionals including a CSBO, a construction manager who has served for years on a school board and school attorneys.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Ken Florey, Terry Fielden, Gene Hanses and Jan Bush

Investigating Employee Misconduct

An overview of internal investigations into employee misconduct including a review of common pitfalls and best practices.

Speaker:
Jeff Goelitz

O'Fallon Sessions

7:30am - 8:15am 

Registration &  Refreshments

8:15am - 8:40am 

Welcome & Opening

8:45am - 9:45am

School Construction: Top 10 Problems & Solutions

School construction is a complicated process with many aspects that can cause problems, big and small. Learn about how to identify and effectively deal with these problems from experienced professionals.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Ken Florey, Terry Fielden, Gene Hanses and Jan Bush

Property Tax Assessments: When & How School Districts Get Involved

Property taxes fill a large portion of a school district’s revenues. Attendees will learn the basics of the property tax cycle and opportunities for school districts to get involved, including what factors to evaluate, points of contact and best practices.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Brittany Flaherty Theis and Stuart Whitt

The Human Resources Toolbox

Learn some of the technical functions related to human resources in schools such as FMLA, FLSA, collective bargaining and employee investigations.
See presentation HERE

Speaker:
Laurie Campbell



9:55am - 10:55am

Purchasing & Bidding: From the Basics to the Advanced

School purchasing and bidding can be a complex and often confusing process filled with many hazards. Learn about how to navigate the process from experienced professionals.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Ken Florey, Terry Fielden, Gene Hanses and Jan Bush

Site-Based Expenditure Reporting: Lessons Learned & Thinking Ahead

Join ISBE and fellow district implementers to reflect upon the first year of reporting site-based expenditures (FY2019) and prepare for the second year (FY2020). In this facilitated workshop, participants will share lessons learned from FY2019 reporting, brainstorm proactive steps for FY2020 and consider what these new data points mean.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Sara Shaw and Michael Duback

Leaves of Absence: Medical, Maternity & More

There are a myriad of leaves of absence available to employees under federal and state law. Learn about best practices and governing law for administrators for medical, maternity, mental health, workers’ compensation, ADA-related leaves and collective bargaining agreements.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Brittany Flaherty Theis and Stuart Whitt


11:05am - 12:05pm

Site-Based Expenditure Reporting: Lessons Learned & Thinking Ahead

Join ISBE and fellow district implementers to reflect upon the first year of reporting site-based expenditures (FY2019) and prepare for the second year (FY2020). In this facilitated workshop, participants will share lessons learned from FY2019 reporting, brainstorm proactive steps for FY2020 and consider what these new data points mean.

Speakers:
Sara Shaw and Michael Duback

Need More Revenue?

In today's volatile environment market dynamics such as inflation, federal funds rate, state funding and other economic factors play an important role in a district's budgeting process. Understand how the market affects all aspects of the district’s budgeting process and how these factors impact decisions from financial forecasting to increasing revenue to the district’s bottom line. Learn how you can generate more interest income through a well-structured investment strategy, understanding the economic market and evaluating the best investments for your district.

Speakers:
Sheetal Rai, Tom Crabtree

Bargaining Implications: New Laws for Minimum Teacher Salaries & Minimum Wage

Get guidance on the most fiscally prudent ways to address the new minimum teacher salary and minimum wage requirements. Plus, learn strategies for obtaining union buy-in during bargaining.

Speaker:
Jay Greening


12:05pm - 1:05pm

Lunch


1:05pm - 2:05pm

GATA Update

An update on the development and implementation of the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Marc Gibbs, Andrew Wheeler, David Hellwig

Teachers Retirement System: Employer Reporting

TRS is moving from annual to pay period reporting beginning July 1, 2020. Find out how this will affect your district's reporting practices!

Speakers:
Grant Brauer, Chris Foster and Jay Singh

Investigating Employee Misconduct

An overview of internal investigations into employee misconduct including a review of common pitfalls and best practices.

Speaker:
Jeff Goelitz


2:15pm - 3:15pm

New Legislation from Recent General Assembly Session

Get an overview of the recent spring legislative session. Then, focus on the new legislation that is specifically important for superintendents and business managers to be aware of.

Speaker:
David Wood

The New Age of Digital Learning: Micro-Credentials

Be one of the first to learn about cutting edge professional development through micro-credentials and digital badging. This self-guided PD puts you in control of your learning, anytime, anywhere. Micro-credentials allow you to demonstrate competency in school finance by earning digital badges. Once earned, include your digital badge on your resume, email signature and LinkedIn profile to demonstrate your mastery to your professional network.
See presentation HERE

Speakers:
Susan Bertrand and Barry Bolek

Working to Solve Today’s Teacher Recruitment Challenges Through Partnerships

Is your district struggling to recruit teachers? Briefly explore the current state of affairs and how we got here, then consider how developing partnerships with colleges, universities and other institutions and individuals could help turn the tide. Sharing of ideas and experiences will be welcomed and encouraged!
See presentation HERE

Speaker:
Tim Neubert