In the Service of Gifted Students: Developing and Maintaining Quality Gifted Programming with State Funding
, Executive Director, Iowa Talented and Gifted Association; Susan Wouters
, President, Iowa Talented and Gifted Association; Rosanne Malek
, Consultant for Gifted and Talented, Iowa Department of Education
Every school district in Iowa annually receives categorical funds to provide district-wide K-12 gifted and talented programming for its students. Unspent gifted funds are carried forward and remain available solely for gifted and talented programming. How can districts develop educational priorities and a defensible budget for gifted programming in the service of their gifted students? The presenters will share recommendations and resources on best-practice approaches to gifted education that will help districts build and maintain quality gifted programming and spend down gifted carryforward balances.
Don’t Let the Election Date Changes Defeat Your Next Bond Issue
, Managing Director, Public Finance Services; Piper Jaffray & Co.
Learn about the impact the July 2019 election date changes may have on your upcoming G.O. Bond vote, PPEL renewal or Revenue Purpose Statement extension.
Can You Explain This?
Do We Do That? Learning from Others
Tom Cooley, Iowa Department of Education
The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires the state to report school-level expenditures beginning with FY 2019, and to ensure this information is included in the district's annual report card. This session will provide an overview of the anticipated reporting structure and several scenarios for discussion to help prepare for the types of questions that may arise.
, CPA, Manager, State Auditor’s Office
During this session, we will present an overview of findings included in the special investigations and reviews of school districts issued by the Office of Auditor of State over the past year and discuss the recommended actions that can be taken to avoid similar issues.
Transparency: What the Public (and the Legislature) Expects from School Districts
, Department of Management
Updates from the Department of Management on school transparency discussions with the legislature and what information is currently available to the public and future enhancements. Included in the discussion will be a brief outline of what to expect in the new budget system for FY 2021.
Finance and Other Essential Information for Board Candidates – What to Emphasize?
Lou Ann Gvist, Board Development Director, IASB; Harry Heiligenthal, Associate Executive Director, Board Development, IASB; Patti Schroeder, Finance Support Director, IASB
School board elections are less than four months away! How prepared are you to help candidates understand school finance and other key areas of board leadership from a bird's-eye view? We’ll discuss strategies for preparing and sharing finance and other information that keeps the conversation at the governance level. You’ll leave with handy tools to help you select key school finance concepts, tips to avoid drawing candidates into the weeds, and a snapshot of IASB resources to build the understanding of candidates across multiple areas – before they are elected to the board.