7:00am - 8:00am
What Happens When Internal Controls Fail
Attendees will learn what internal controls are and what happens when they fail through the analysis of fraud case studies. Attendees will also receive valuable insights into best practices for assessing and monitoring internal controls within their organizations.
Healthcare Analytics: Improving Employee Health & Reducing Costs
What data do you need in order to design an employee benefit package that enhances employee health & reduces costs? Learn how to leverage data and build strategies that impact your costs and quality of benefits while providing transparency to all stakeholders involved in your decisions.
Does your district have the correct amount of staffing to provide clean, healthy learning environments for your students, staff and visitors? Learn about standards, expectations and whether you have enough staff to obtain your goals.
Lead Testing Update: Everything You Need to Know
Lead testing is here to stay. Learn about recent developments from the legal, technical and school district perspectives.
8:10am - 9:10am
Effective Governmental Agreements
School districts achieve greater efficiencies by cooperating with other units of government to provide shared services. Hear some of the practical and legal issues involved in enhancing and successfully implementing intergovernmental agreements with school districts, park districts, counties and other units.
Maximizing Your Medicaid Revenue
The U.S. Government has funds your district is entitled to access. Learn how to stay compliant and prepared for an audit, maximize your districts Medicaide revenue and educate your staff in best compliance practices.
Construction Bidding: Top Problems & Solutions
Learn about common problems and practical solutions for issues that arise during construction projects.
The Bermuda Triangle of Leaves
Attendees will learn about The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), ADA and Workers Compensation, how to successfully navigate through these and avoid the top mistakes and missteps that can occur.
Investments & Maximizing Interest Income
Learn how to determine your investment horizon and allowable investments to maximize interest income.
Emerging Bond Issues
Get a detailed review of current market conditions, the impact of federal income tax reform, financing and refinancing strategies and opportunities for districts in the current market, including substitute financing structures for now-prohibited advance refundings.
What to Expect from a Food Service Audit & Procurement Reviews
Are you a target for an ISBE nutrition audit or procurement review? Learn how to prepare for a food service audit or preocurement review.
Will I Get My TRS Pension?
What will be the impact of the new Tier 3 pension plan for new hires? What about current Tier 2 and Tier 1 members? What proposed changes are on the table? What court decisions have impacted or could impact our TRS pensions? Attendees will find the answers here.
10:30am - 11:30am
Three Big Items That Every CSBO Must Deal With in Their Careers
1. The “attacking board member”.
2. The incompetent team member .
3. Identifying new areas for reductions away from the classroom.
Hear speaker experiences with “the BIG THREE” and more from their years of experience as School Business Officials. During this session, they will share things that they and other business managers have learned along the way as well as some strategies to use when dealing with controversial items.
IDEA Maintenance of Effort
Maintenance of Effort (MOE) refers to the responsibility of the Local Education Agency to maintain the same level of expenditures for the education of children with disabilities from one fiscal year to the next. participants will learn the financial reporting requirements of MOE.
Facilities Legislative Update
Come hear the latest on topics impacting your facilities such as lead in water, CO2, transgender laws as well as new legislative issues.
What School Leaders Need to Know About Cyber Security (Part I)
Receive an overview of IT security trends and events that all school districts face. Dive into the rise in security breaches, security risks in mobile devices, social media and cloud computers and actions to take to mitigate security risks and protect student and staff data.
Improving Student Performance Through Health & Wellness
Promote Student and staff wellness through good nutrition, physical activity, facility design and operational decisions.
Evidence-Based Model: The Why, the How & the What Now (Part I)
This session will cover the rationale behind the Evidence Based Model, how the Adequacy Target and Local Resources are calculated for a district and what the next steps are for districts in each tier.
Selling Illinois School Bonds Now & in the Future
Join a discussion of current bond sale methods and potential for future improvements, including involvement and regulation of underwriters and municiple advisors, the difference between negotiated, competitive and private placement bond sales, use of technology and more.
Political Dynamics During This Election Year
The Illinois government stands poised for important changes in 2018. In our bicentennial year, we are deeply in debt, face multiple policy crises and face a political landscape that is highly fractured and contentious both between and within the two major parties. In this session, we will take stock of the current political and policy situation in the state and look forward to the 2018 general election and beyond.
11:40am - 12:40pm
Construction Disputes & Solutions
Disputes can occur before, during and after your construction process. Come learn about the types of disputes you may face and practical solutions to alleviate them.
Attracting & Retaining Employees Through Creative Compensation & Benefits
Learn about how to attract and retain employees through creative compensation programs using insurance, 403(b)/457(b) plans and more.
Energy Efficiency Incentives for Illinois K-12 Public Schools
Review energy efficiency incentives for K-12 Public Schools from Com Ed, Nicor, Ameren and North Shore Gas. We will also describe other potential sources of energy efficiency incentives for your electric and gas projects in your buildings.
What School Leaders Need to Know About Cyber Security (Part II)
What are school district leaders doing to mitigate technology risks? Hear about real-world experience in techonology security including: PCI compliance, unrestricted areas of vulnerability, penetration testing, policy creation and strategic planning.
We Have to Bid, Now What?
Participants will be guided through the bidding process, starting from the initial decision to go out to bid, creating bid specifications, evaluation of bids and recommendations for award. Attendees will also learn how to deal with bid challenges.
Evidence-Based Model: The Why, the How & the What Now (Part II)
Part two of this session will continue to cover the rationale behind the Evidence Based Model, how the Adequacy Target and Local Resources are calculated for a district and what the next steps are for districts in each tier.
Why Should You Care About Disclosures?
Regulatory developments, such as SEC enforcement actions, are changing the landscape of municipal bond finance. Learn how such developments are impacting school district borrowing so that you can better navigate the debt issuance process.
Help! There’s Fire!
How would your district handle a fire in a school 1 month before students return? How would you lead your district to replace assets, assess loss and begin restorations? Come learn from the team that put Roselle SD 12 back together this summer!
2:00pm - 3:00pm
1:1 Financial Impacts & Solutions
Do you have questions about 1:1? Come get your questions answered and learn about the financial impact that 1:1 can have on a district. Discussions will cover insurance, leasing, budget impacts, student fees and much more.
Financial Well Being: No Longer a Trend, But a Reality
Financial well being has more to do with feeling financially secure than making a lot of money. Learn how to provide financial education to your staff so they make wiser benefit decisions for today and the future.
Can Efficiency Programs Equal Big Energy Savings For Your District?
Learn which way energy prices are headed, the financial impact on your district’s budget for 2018 through 2022 and acquire information about the financial incentives being offered in the energy market targeted at Illinois public school districts.
Health Insurance Cost Management Strategies
Learn the basics in managing the cost of healthcare insurance. This session will provide you with the basic framework of fully insured, self-funded and cooperative solutions. You will understand the key differences between each approach and potential risk to your district.
Delegate Advisory Assembly: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Find out what the DAA is and what it does for Illinois ASBO. If you always thought there should be a specific law in the State of Illinois, then this is the place to discuss those ideas.
3:10pm - 4:40pm Advocacy Alert Hot Topic Session
Ralph Martire - Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
Leave the Conference with a perspective on Illinois' fiscal policy and issues that are already impacting school budgets or may have implications for the future.