NASBO State Convention

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (All day) to Friday, April 13, 2018 (All day)

NASBO State Convention
April 12-13, 2018
Cornhusker Marriott - Lincoln, NE
Preregistration is now closed.  To register, stop by the onsite registration desk at the event.

NASBO Golf outing will be held April 11 for those conference attendees interested in participating.

Thursday, April 12
8:00 a.m.      Registration and Continental BreakfastAaron Davis
9:00 a.m.      Welcome
                     Brad Dahl, NASBO President
                     Legislative Update
                     Dr. Michael Dulaney and Kyle McGowan, NCSA
10:15 a.m.    Concurrent Session I
11:15 a.m.    Concurrent Session II
12:00 p.m.    Lunch and Presentation of Award
1:00 p.m.      Attitude of a Champion School Business Official
                     Aaron Davis
School business officials are often faced with many challenges from budgets, new regulations, legislation, administrative duties, building needs etc. Like any career, some stresses and challenges are part of the territory. These are big issues, but so is the number of school business officials that simply burn out as a result of giving their best at school and leaving only leftovers for their home and personal lives. This presentation will rejuvenate, refuel, and remind attendees of the importance of being GREAT at school and saving their BEST for HOME!
2:15 p.m.      Concurrent Session III
3:15 p.m.      Concurrent Session IV
4:00 p.m.      NASBO Business Meeting
5:00 p.m.      NASBO Social

Friday, April 13
8:00 a.m.      Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.      General Session  (Schedule) (Emerging Legal Issues  Bonds and Public Finance) (IRS Tax Update)
                     Perry Law Firm and Guests
10:30 a.m.    Roundtable Discussion
12:00 p.m.    Conference Adjourn

Concurrent Session Topics

Session 1 – 10:15-11:00
FLSA Updates: Some Good News for Once?!
KSB School Law
There's an FLSA update every year, and every year it can be just as frustrating as the last.  This year, we do have at least some good news!  Changes to the DOL's interpretations and a review of some recent cases are making us more comfortable in some trouble spots in the past, like classified and community members as coaches.  We'll cover those and some other updates for your annual FLSA refresher.

Public Records Requests | Do We Really Have to Respond to That?
Derek Aldridge, Perry Law Firm
Schools are receiving public records requests much more frequently than in the past. Whether the “requester” is a group outside of Nebraska, a newspaper, community group or an angry parent, schools have been struggling with the increasing demand for records. We will review the rules for compliance to determine if you even have any obligation under the law.

Evaluating Your School's Safety Plan
Jason Buckingham, Ralston Public Schools
Every public school district in Nebraska has a safety plan.  How well will your safety plan hold up when it’s put to the test?  This session will provide a brief overview of Ralston Public School’s plan and procedures, followed up by our experience with safety audits, drills, and our own real life experience.

ESSA Coding and Other Current School Finance Issues (Repeated in Session 2)
Bryce Wilson, and Jen Utemark, Nebraska Department of Education
This session will discuss updates on ESSA coding including common questions and the significant changes.  Other current school finance issues including impacts of legislative bills passed during the 2018 session will be also be discussed.

Session 2 – 11:15-12:00
FMLA Round 2
KSB School Law
Last year, Steve and Bobby got about halfway through a presentation on the FMLA including sample forms and examples.  This year, we'll get through the rest!  We intend to focus on getting the FMLA process started the right way.  Too often we get the call when the employee is out of sick leave and then the district or ESU is wondering how to start the FMLA process.  While it may seem counterintuitive, you can and should be treating way more leave as FMLA leave!  We'll walk through the process and show you how we'd fill out the forms for the most common leave scenarios.

Workplace Harassment
Josh Schauer, Greg Perry, and Justin Knight, Perry Law Firm
Allegations of work-related harassment are front page news.  These issues are not limited to Hollywood and Washington, D.C.  Workplace harassment is a potential issue for all employers.  In this session, Greg Perry and Josh Schauer will address recent cases and EEOC guidance regarding sexual harassment claims.  This will include investigating claims and avoiding potential liability.

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

ESSA Coding and Other Current School Finance Issues (Repeat)
Bryce Wilson and Jen Utemark, Nebraska Department of Education
This session will discuss updates on ESSA coding including common questions and the significant changes.  Other current school finance issues including impacts of legislative bills passed during the 2018 session will be also be discussed.

Session 3 – 2:15-3:00
Hot Topics for Admins and Business Officials
KSB School Law
The last year has seen a huge variety of HR, school business, and other "hot topics" we want to cover with business officials and administrators.  From the #metoo movement to changes in laws in DC and Lincoln, this presentation will move quickly through the topics you have been and should be addressing this year and looking forward to next year.  Bring your questions, and we'll be sure to have a little fun as we work through these tough issues.

Employee Separation Issues for Business Managers
Justin Knight, 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.

New To School Finance
Tami Clausen, Logan View Public Schools
We all start somewhere and when you step into the world of school finance you are starting on a new journey.  Tami will try to help get you started down the path of success and hopefully alleviate a few fears.  Questions will be answered, tricks of the trade will be shared and we will all walk away with a new outlook on our workload.

Session 4 – 3:15-4:00
State Auditor’s Office Update
Mark Avery and Craig Kubicek, Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts
This presentation will provide an update and overview of the State Auditor’s Office including discussion on activity funds.

Learning from History – NPERS Form Updates, and How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes
Randy Gerke and Orron Hill, Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems 
LB415 brought new requirements to School Reporting Agents, Plan Members, and NPERS.  This session will discuss the Early Retirement Inducement and Termination Certification forms created in response to LB415’s requirements.  We will also discuss the revisions to these forms published in March 2018 in response to stakeholders’ feedback, and common errors made when completing these forms.  Finally, we will discuss common errors made on Non-Contributing Member forms.  Knowing the most common errors should help you avoid them.

The Value Of The EHA and Health Benefit Update
Greg Long, Educators Health Alliance, and Kent Trelford-Thompson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
The Educators Health Alliance will discuss the 2018-2019 Rate Renewal while introducing the advantages of healthcare working for you.  Bring your ideas regarding what you would like to see the EHA do moving forward in health insurance plan design and optional benefits.

Any cancellation request must be received no later than Friday, April 6, 2018.
*To avoid being charged the full registration fee, please submit any requests to cancel your registration before the cancellation deadline. Please contact NCSA, 402-476-8055, with 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 after the cancellation deadline.

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