8:00am - 9:00am
The Impact of Economic Factors on Budgeting & Financial Planning
In today's volatile environment market dynamics such as inflation, Federal funds, tax policy and other economic factors play an important role in the district's budgeting process. Learn how these factors impact decisions when financial forecasting out several years.
Cash Flow Analysis and Innovative Investment Options
An introduction to cash flow management and different investment options in order to maximize interest income.
Food Service Resource Management
Resource Management encompasses four areas: Maintenance of Nonprofit School Foodservice Account, Paid Lunch Equity, Revenue from Non-program Foods, and Indirect Cost. Learn what each area is responsible for and how you can better utilize these resources.
Workers Compensation & Payroll Issues
Your employee gets hurt, what do you do? Learn to navigate the ins and outs of workers compensation for Illinois schools and what you need to do to avoid being sued.
What’s Happening to Our TRS Pension?
Hear an update from TRS about the latest pension reform proposals and how they will affect your district.
RFP/RFQs for an Architect, Construction Manager & Performance Contractor
The Planning and Construction PDC has created model RFP/RFQs. These documents are a tool for school districts to use during their selection processes. Hear from the authors of these documents and learn best practices for how to use them.
Illinois ASBO Facilities Programs
Come join your peers in mapping the path for future professional development in facilities operations. Hear an outline of the current offerings and participate in a live survey tell us what topics you want in the future! If you have a smart phone, tablet or other method of connecting to the internet during our meeting you will be able to enter your thoughts on future professional development and see the results in real time. This is everyone's opportunity to share their ideas, so don't miss your opportunity to help map our future.
Vendor Management: From Approval to Final Payment
How to engage and collaborate with vendors to ensure dual accountability with results in mutual accountability.
Data Security: Is this email legit?
Tips to share with your staff on protecting yourself and your district's data from email phishing attempts.
9:10am - 10:10am
Student Activity Fund Accounting & Other GASB Updates
Lions and tigers and GASB, oh my! Important updates on upcoming GASB impact for activity funds and leases.
How to Communicate Your Budget and Financial Forecast to Stakeholders
Learn how to effectively communicate your financial forecasting and budget to stakeholders to help them look beyond current realities and anticipate what is to come.
Bond Sales: Competitive, Negotiated & Private Placement
Differentiate between the various methods of bringing municipal bonds to market and the mechanics and legal requirements of each.
Basics of School Finance: Revenues
Learn about local revenue, the property tax cycle and the ins and outs of the tax levy. Plus, hear an overview of the Evidence-Based Funding Formula and federal grants.
Understanding Appraisals & Building Valuations
Knowing your values is prudent risk management which saves the district money and aggravation and that equals a happy community.
Finding Solutions to Difficult Legislation
Are some of the recently enacted Illinois laws giving you a headache? Come discuss these laws, consider different actions your district might take and hear from your peers how they are addressing challenges in their own districts.
Connecting Student Performance with Facility Performance
Learning spaces matter. Find out how Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) focused design contributes to a more sustainable, healthy and productive school environment. Presenters will review aspects of the learning environment that promote student well-being while reducing operational costs through sustainable choices in materials and systems.
Collaboration for an Effective RFP
Learn a unique approach to engaging stakeholders across the organization and outside of the business office.
Cybersecurity: Are your printers secured?
Just when you thought you were safe, now you have to think of securing your printers from hackers! Hear best practices from technology professionals.
10:20am - 11:20am
Single Audits: Compliance Requirements and Best Practices
Discuss best practices to help ensure compliance and smooth audits and cover the basic compliance requirements applicable to many school district grant programs.
How Would You Handle That?
An open-ended discussion about how attendees would handle different scenarios directly affecting budgeting and long-term financial planning.
Basics of School Finance: Expenditures
Review business office operations and the business administrator's role in managing cash, meeting budgeting responsibilities, purchasing, state financial reporting and overseeing the expenditure process – including ESSA requirements.
The Bermuda Triangle of Leaves: ADA, FMLA & Workers Compensation
Learn about the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), ADA and workers compensation and discover how to successfully
navigate these policies and avoid the top mistakes and missteps that can occur.
Gain insights on bridging generational gaps for, or with, Millennials in the district.
Transgender Issues: Practical Advice for Implementing what the Courts have Decreed
You have a transgendered student in your district, now what? Learn first-hand from a superintendent who has guided her district through policy changes and implementation and an attorney who advises districts what the laws require.
Update from the Professional Review Panel on EBF Implementation
Get the latest updates on Illinois’ Evidenced-Based Funding (EBF) formula from members of the Professional Review Panel (PRP). Panel members will provide updates on their work to study and review the implementation and evaluate the effectiveness of the EBF model.
Custodial Maintenance Staffing Crisis
Do you have difficulties with recruiting, hiring and retaining facility department employees? Make sure your district stays ahead of the game. Learn current industry trends and data of staffing levels, salaries, payroll, benefits and how this affects the facility department.
Building Your Brand
Learn effective ways to build your district's brand from members of INSPRA.
11:30am - 12:30pm
Strategic Planning 101
Is your district engaging in or contemplating strategic planning? Join us for a discussion about strategic planning and how it impacts school finance. Learn what strategic planning is, how it works, the role finances play in a strategic plan and how financial planning supports achieving the strategic plan.
New Investment Option: Corporate Notes
The Illinois Public Fund Investment Act (30 ILCS 235) was amended in August of 2018 when the Governor signed into law Public Act 100-0752. The law expands the term length to invest in corporate obligations from 270 days to 3 years. Hear the pros and cons of investing in corporate obligations in order to earn more interest income.
Special Education Revenue You Might Not Know About
Do you think IDEA is the only idea in Special Education funding? Learn about grants such as STEP, WIA and ALOP to enhance your special education programs.
School Security: How to Involve Students
Students are ahead of us in technology and have a better pulse of what’s really going on when it comes to safety and security. Learn how to involve them appropriately in making your learning environment safer. From inclusion in safety planning to enlisting assistance with social media, this workshop will present practical ways to garner valuable student contributions.
New Policies You Need but Might Not Know It
Carbon monoxide, suicide prevention, medical marijuana, lunch shaming; Does your school district have policies in place to address these and a number of other issues? Learn best practices from two experienced and highly regarded school law attorneys.
Property Tax Legal Developments: Legislation & Litigation
Two school finance attorneys will review the legislative session's proposals for property tax reform legislation and ongoing litigation regarding bonds, TIFs, hospitals and fund management.
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.
Foolproof Contracts that Abide by State Laws
How to ensure your business office contracts and procedures are protecting your district's best interest while complying with statutory regulations.
Leading Through Change in Your District
Learn effective communication strategies to use when your district is going through periods of change.