NASBO State Convention

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 (All day) to Friday, April 21, 2017 (All day)

NASBO State Convention
April 20-21
Cornhusker Marriott - Lincoln, NE
CLICK HERE to register


Thursday, April 20
8:00 a.m.        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.        Welcome - John Brazell, President, NASBO
                       ASBO International Update - Ed Chabal, Director, ASBO International Board
                       Legislative Update - Dr. Michael Dulaney, NCSA, and Bobby Truhe, KSB School Law
10:15 a.m.      Concurrent Session I
11:15 a.m.      Concurrent Session II
12:00 p.m.      Lunch and Presentation of Awards
1:00 p.m.       “The Funny Thing About Stress” - Kay Frances
Feeling stressed? Worried about change? It’s Kay Frances, “America’s Funniest Stress Management Specialist” to the STRESS-cue!  This presentation has the same title as her book, “The Funny Thing about Stress.” In this motivational and hilarious keynote, Kay’s humor combined with her expertise in stress management will not only offer useful information, but will show you a rollicking good time in the process. With Kay’s energetic, upbeat presentation, you’ll laugh while you learn without straining your brain. In this frenzied world we need to be reminded of the importance of managing our stress, keeping our sense of humor and taking care of our health.  Kay does this in a way that is second to none! She doesn’t preach from an ivory tower, but rather relates her personal story as she found her way back to good health. It’s clean, relatable “humor-with-a-message” at its funniest. Your stress level will thank you!
2:00 p.m.        Concurrent Session III
3:00 p.m.        Concurrent Session IV
3:45 p.m.        NASBO Business Meeting
5:00 p.m.        NASBO Social

Friday, April 21
8:00 a.m.         Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.         General Session - Perry Law Firm
10:30 a.m.       Roundtable Discussion
12:00 p.m.       Conference Adjourn

NASBO Golf
The 2017 NASBO Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, April 19, at the Beatrice Country Club with an 11:30 start.
CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the NASBO Golf Tournament

Sessions

Session 1 – 10:15-11:00
Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems Update
Orron Hill, Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems
TBD

New Bookkeepers
Tami Clausen, Logan View Public Schools
School Accounting is not complicated but it is unique.  If you are new to the bookkeeping position you may feel lost in the sea of numbers, codes, and various duties.  We will attempt to calm the waters for you. If you are seasoned in the position you man learn new tricks of the trade or share one with those in attendance.  This session is meant to be informative, user friendly, and very interactive.

The Value Of The EHA and Health Benefit Update
Greg Long, Educators Health Alliance, and Kent Trelford-Thompson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Greg and Kent will discuss the Value of the EHA to school districts across Nebraska.  Blue Cross Blue Shield will discuss member eligibility within the EHA and also present a benefit update for 2017/18 school year.

Employee Separation Issues for Business Managers
Perry Law Firm
Employees leave employment for a variety of reasons—sometimes voluntarily, sometimes involuntarily.  When an employee ends their employment, the district (oftentimes the business manager) needs to cover a number of legal areas: (1) COBRA notice, (2) health insurance, (3) retirement, (4) paying out unused leave, (5) unemployment and more.  In addition, practical problems can quickly arise if the employee leaves on bad terms, such as collecting building keys, district passwords, and other school property.  Can the district reduce the employee’s final wages if the employee won’t return school property?  In this session, the Perry Law Firm will cover these scenarios and provide attendees with practical guidance and a “checklist” to ensure that each district handles employee leave matters properly.

Session 2 – 11:15-12:00
FMLA: Start it Right or Pay for it Later
Steve Williams and Bobby Truhe, KSB School Law
All's well that ends well...except for the Family Medical Leave Act which requires you to get it right from the start.  While we have done "FMLA Basics" presentations in the past, the mistakes we see most often with the FMLA have to do with how to start the process.  Those early determinations often dictate when FMLA leave will end, how it is structured, and who bears responsibility for the various steps.  For example, when should the employer make the decision to designate FMLA leave even if the employee didn't ask for it? What forms should you use--are they different? When should you require medical certification? What if the employee asks for "intermittent leave," such as every other week--do you have to grant it?  What are all the initiation timelines, anyway?  This presentation will take you through the most important aspects of the FMLA: getting it started the right way to avoid legal issues down the road!

Update from State Auditor’s Office
Cindy Janssen, Nebraska State Auditor’s Office
This presentation will go over the State Auditors office view of what schools should be aware of and related cautions / precautions.

Special Education Finance; What You Need To Know About MOE (Repeated in Session 3)
Stuart Clark, ESU #1; Steve Milliken and Amy Rhone, NDE
NDE and NASES have collaborated to share information about special education finance that is essential for business managers and superintendents. This session will: 1) Deepen your understanding of the different funding sources for special education and how they interact.  2) Improve your district’s ability to manage local effort though the use of tools and resources provided by NDE.  3) Reduce the likelihood you’ll encounter an MOE shortage and have to pay back federal funds.

Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation in the Workplace
Nicholas Lesiak, Koley Jessen
This presentation will examine discrimination, retaliation, job modification, accommodation, leave requests and reinstatement with respect to pregnant employees under state and federal employment laws protecting pregnant workers, including the Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. We will also discuss recent case law and tips to maintain compliance with these various laws.  In addition, this session will explore some of the legal considerations involved in one of the most frequently requested accommodations/modified work arrangements:  telecommuting (i.e. working remotely from home).

Session 3 – 2:00-2:45
Buyer beware! The business official's role in keeping student data secure
Karen Haase and Tim Malm, KSB School Law
With the advent of the high-tech classroom, many teachers are requesting new, cutting-edge apps to use in their teaching. While these requests present a financial dilemma, they also present a significant liability issue: is the program safe? Does it protect student data/records sufficiently? Many of these apps ask for student data to help teachers manage a classroom and conduct activities, and the law requires those purchasing apps and other technology for classroom use to ensure student data and records are sufficiently protected.  We know who cuts the checks for those! Karen and Tim will review some best practices for authorizing purchases and oversight of teachers who try to buy software or apps for classroom use, either through the school or even on their own dime. We’ll also discuss the liability issues that could arise for your school and the employees who authorize these purchases!

School Finance Update (Repeated in Session 4)
Bryce Wilson, and Jen Utemark, Nebraska Department of Education
This session will cover school finance legislation, state aid, AFR coding changes, budgeting, and other school finance topics.

Special Education Finance; What You Need To Know About MOE (Repeat)
Stuart Clark, ESU #1; Steve Milliken and Amy Rhone, NDE
NDE and NASES have collaborated to share information about special education finance that is essential for business managers and superintendents. This session will: 1) Deepen your understanding of the different funding sources for special education and how they interact.  2) Improve your district’s ability to manage local effort though the use of tools and resources provided by NDE.  3) Reduce the likelihood you’ll encounter an MOE shortage and have to pay back federal funds.

Building Something? School Construction Issues and Alternatives
Perry Law Firm
If a bond election or building project is in your future, this session is a must.  Business officials must be up to speed on current financing issues and alternatives, and building processes and procedures.  In this session, the Perry Law Firm will walk through the important “need-to-knows” from a school owners’ perspective. 

Session 4 – 3:00-3:45
Employment Contract Issues to Fix Before the 2017-18 School Year
Karen Haase and Bobby Truhe, KSB School Law
Every year we receive versions of administrative, teaching staff, and classified staff contracts that make us cringe!  Almost all business officials are responsible in some way for updating and reviewing contract terms for upcoming school years.  This year, we want you to be on the lookout for 5 of the biggest mistakes and omissions we see in employment contracts.

School Finance Update (Repeat)
Bryce Wilson, and Jen Utemark, Nebraska Department of Education
This session will cover school finance legislation, state aid, AFR coding changes, budgeting, and other school finance topics.

What if all you brought was your full attention?
Linda Kenedy, Howie Halperin, and Tonya Vyhlidal; EHA Wellness
Our days our filled with endless to-do lists and demands on our time. How do we keep it all straight and get more done? Research is showing us that we’re not meant to multitask all the time – our brains simply can’t perform well while doing multiple things at the same time. In this session we’ll discuss how you (and your students) can be more focused during the day and how that focus can increase your productivity and reduce your stress level.

Crowd-Funding the Classroom: An Overview and Discussion of Crowd-Funding
Perry Law Firm
With today’s technology, donors from across the world can easily give money to almost any worthwhile project.  Teachers have taken notice of this online giving trend.  In fact, according to at least one study, teachers at 71% of U.S. public schools have asked online donors to fund projects in their classrooms, such as purchasing new iPads, taking field trips and acquiring 3-D printers.  With more and more teachers soliciting donations online, administrators and school business officials must be knowledgeable about the “in’s and out’s” of crowd-funding.  In this session, we will walk through the basics of crowd-funding, discuss the legal implications of teachers and staff “crowd-funding the classroom” and offer practical solutions for your district to address and manage the crowd-funding craze. 


Lodging Information

Cornhusker Marriott
(402) 474-7474
$105.00
*Mention you are with the NCSA/NASBO 2017 


Exhibitors and Sponsors
Exhibit booths are currently SOLD OUT. Please contact NCSA, 402-476-8055, for sponsorship opportunities. Exhibitors and sponsors are handled on a first come, first served basis. 

Awards
Would you or someone you know be interested in applying for the NASBO Outstanding Business Official of the Year Award? CLICK HERE to access the application form. All forms are due back by March 31, 2017. 

Any cancellation request must be received no later than Friday, April 14, 2017

*A 48 hour (2 business day) cancellation policy is in place for all events. To avoid being charged the full registration fee, please submit any requests to cancel your registration before the cancellation deadline. Please contact Michelle, michelle@ncsa.orgwith all cancellation requests and inquiries. Please note: your registration fee will be refunded or waived ONLY if an event is cancelled due to inclement weather. Otherwise, the 48 hour (2 business day) cancellation policy remains in effect for all events.

 
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