8:00am — 9:00am
Best Practices for Student Activity Accounts
Join a discussion of day-to-day best practices for managing student activity accounts.
How Would You Handle That?
Join an open-ended discussion with your peers about how you would handle different scenarios directly affecting budgeting and long-term financial planning.
Facilities Information Session
Come join your peers in mapping the path for future professional development in facilities operations. Hear an outline of the current offerings and each program's goals and objectives.
Small District Leadership
How do you move a district forward with little to no staff? How do you prioritize your time, decisions and deadlines? Come learn how to make a BIG impact at a small district.
Surviving a Strike in the Days of Social Media
District administrators and legal counsel will discuss the impact of social media during the recent teacher strike in Murphysboro, providing tips to help you prepare your district for a possible strike.
Strategic Budgeting & Financial Planning
With increased financial scrutiny from your communities and new site-based financial reporting, accurate budgeting is even more critical for today's CSBO. Learn best practices for historical budget analysis, current budget development, monitoring and financial forecasting that will help your district have the best possible information available to make data-driven decisions.
School Security: Tackling the Tough Issues
Administrators must answer many difficult questions regarding school safety. Topics include guns, locks, detection systems, barricades, and others. Come learn about current issues, get your questions answered and leave with helpful resources.
Property Tax Reform: Plan B
Join an interactive discussion of other ideas to present to legislators if property tax reform appears likely to pass and we need to have a Plan B. The results of the session will be shared with our lobbying partners.
9:10am — 10:10am
Methods to Reduce Interest Costs When Issuing Bonds
You can help your district reduce its borrowing cost and increase future flexibility with strategic decision making each time you borrow. There are a number of decisions to consider when selling bonds. Come and discuss how to use these to your advantage!
Building Your Brand
Join your colleagues from the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association to learn effective ways to build your district’s brand.
Purchasing & Procurement for Food Service Programs
Whether you purchase food and supplies for meal programs as a district or participate in a self-operated purchasing cooperative, gain best practices for an efficient and effective procurement processes that provides your district with the best bang for your buck.
Excellence Through Customer Service
Explore strategies, ideas and tactics that help you work smarter, not harder. Learn how to engage your colleagues to ensure that branding, customer service and people are the highlight of the work you do in your district.
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.
Legislative Update from Lawyers
Get insights from a legal perspective on bills being considered in Springfield affecting school districts.
Best Practices for School Purchasing, Bidding & Construction
School purchasing, bidding and construction can be full of potential problems. Join a panel of experienced professionals, including a director of facilities, CSBO, former school board member and construction manager, school architect and school attorney as they discuss the common purchasing and construction problems and provide practical solutions.
Building Security & Technology
Discuss how to fully integrate building security with technology including video surveillance, door access control, intercom, display signage and telephones for a seamless security experience.
10:20am — 11:20am
Understanding Your AFR
The Annual Financial Report (AFR) submitted to ISBE has many components that are important for anyone supporting the business office to understand. Join us for a tab by tab overview of the AFR.
Budgeting Your Time
As CSBOs, we don't just budget money; we need to our budget time as well. With the increasing demands in our workplaces this is more important now than ever. Find out some tools to aid in budgeting your time and discuss strategies with your peers.
IDEA Grant Guidance
This is an informal Q & A session with ISBE IDEA grant coordinators. Instead of a traditional presentation, this is an excellent opportunity to ask the experts any specific questions you have regarding the IDEA grant.
Private Use of Bond-Financed Facilities: What to Know & Avoid
Most districts issue their bonds on a tax-exempt basis, as “governmental use” bonds. In an effort to support public purposes, the IRS imposes limits on the benefit that private entities can derive from bond-financed facilities. Come discuss common types of business arrangements that would be considered “private use” and could cause bonds to lose tax-exempt status. Understand post-issuance compliance from a federal tax standpoint and gain tips for monitoring compliance.
Ed360 Financial Dashboard
Ed360, a free dashboard created by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), now features a financial dashboard providing informational resources linking ISBE's existing financial applications, including the Annual Financial Report, program reimbursement, grant management and EBF. Come learn about this responsive "one-stop-shop" to assist with financial planning.
Fostering Community Involvement with Capital Improvements
Learn to utilize different communication methods to gain community input and support for long-range, high cost capital improvement projects.
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.
School Security: From Prioritization to Procurement
Against the backdrop of budget constraints, stakeholders must be identified, roles established and the project scope defined — all prior to procurement. Dive into topics including evaluating and refining school security measures, involving first responders, physical arrangement of controlled vestibules, security hardware vs. software and training front-line employees. Bring your questions to this important discussion!
Maximize Resources: Special Education Funding, Staffing & Programs
Join a crash course on special education for the CSBO/CFO! Learn what you need to know to maximize revenues, control costs and build stronger relationships with your special education department.
2:30pm — 3:30pm
TRS Employer Reporting Update
Are you prepared for the upcoming changes to TRS reporting? Public Act 100-0769 was passed August 10, 2018 to implement a voluntary defined contribution (DC) plan for TRS members. To accommodate this change, TRS is migrating from its current annual reporting process to pay-period based reporting. The anticipated reporting process change is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2020. Come and find out how this will impact your district!
The Human Element: Connecting Business & People
Forming a strong relationship between the business office and human resources is essential to a school district's success. Learn best practices for developing and sustaining this important partnership.
Proactive Fraud Prevention
Proactive fraud prevention measures can help reduce fraud risks, enable key personnel to concentrate on your core educational mission and ensure that your district avoids embarrassing and costly investigations of financial malfeasance, misappropriation of funds and other fraudulent conduct.
What is the Real Condition of Our Facilities? A Look Behind the Curtain
Take an in-depth look at common facility needs, maintenance issues and security deficiencies. Learn the ins and outs of facility and security assessments and how to identify concerns, develop a solution, budget the work, complete the corrections and maintain the solution.
Funding Solar Projects
Find out from a panel of experts the ins, outs, ups and downs of funding solar projects.
EBF & Site-Based Reporting Update
Get an update on implementation of the new ESSA Site-Based Reporting and hear about EBF changes currently being considered in Springfield.
Risk Management 101
Learn about top risks for school districts and how to manage them.
Creating an IT Master Plan
Many schools conduct strategic planning district-wide, but few prepare IT master plans. Learn why and how an IT master plan can help your district grow and succeed in using technology to enhance education.