2018 Fiscal Management Conference

Explore the fiscal opportunities and challenges facing public education today.

Wednesday, July 18
New location! Iowa State Center, Scheman Building, Ames
  • Discover merger process tips from school districts across the state
  • Explore early trends in labor relations after collective bargaining changes
  • Explore successful lean management strategies
  • Hear updates from the Department of Education
  • Gain insights into helpful cost-saving health insurance measures

Featured Speakers

Governor Kim Reynolds (invited)      

Legislative Panel

Herman Quirmbach
Senate Education Committee Ranking Member
Sharon Steckman
House Education Committee Ranking Member
Amy Sinclair
Senate Education Committee Chair
Walt Rogers
House Education Committee Chair

General Sessions

Back by popular demand!
Dave Roederer
Director, Department of Management
State of the Budget
Autumn Hurley
Director of Security Privacy and Risk Services, RSM US LLP
Today's Cybersecurity Threats to the Business Office: The New Normal

Registration Details

Fee: $140 per person, $170 after July 9. Fee includes program, materials and lunch.

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Conference attendees earn
15 Better Boardsmanship credits!

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General Sessions

Today's Cybersecurity Threats to the Business Office: The New Normal
 As technology usage grows in school districts and educational organizations, cybersecurity risks have grown consistently as well. Fortunately, as technology has advanced, so have the strategies and capabilities to proactively mitigate cybersecurity risks before they happen and protect students, staff and districts. Cybersecurity expert Autumn Hurley will share current and emerging cybersecurity threats to the business office and give you proactive tips on how to reduce these risks.

Breakout Sessions

Creating a Lean Culture to Become the Model for Urban Education
Nick Lenhardt, Controller; Emma Knapp, Continuous Improvement Coordinator, Des Moines Schools
Learn how Des Moines Schools are eliminating wasteful practices and building a culture where leadership supports the empowerment of employees while building their problem-solving ability.

Helping Boards Make Sound Decisions with IASB Data Tools
Shawn Snyder, School Finance Director; Patti Schroeder, School Finance Director, IASB
IASB finance experts will provide an overview of data tools available to members including the “Seven General Fund Key Indicators” and “New Money Calculator,” and share best practices for sound financial planning and decision-making.

Early Trends in Labor Relations Under HF 291
Eric Howard, HR Services Director, IASB
What are the trends and issues emerging as a result of significant changes to Iowa Code Chapter 20 by the 2017 legislature? In this session we’ll discuss takeaways from the Fiscal Year 2018 Teacher Compensations and Benefits Survey, covering frequently asked questions and IASB resources to help your district.

Implementing “Flexibility”
Tom Cooley, Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Education
Recent legislation has emphasized providing flexibility in use of school funding. This session will explore the board’s expanded role in use of various funding streams, including the recently created flexibility account. The upcoming requirement for school-level expenditure reporting under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will also be discussed.

Health Insurance No Longer A Bargaining Option: Now What?

Join Holmes Murphy insurance experts in an informative and interactive discussion on how your school district can save money without sacrificing employee benefits. Learn more about the many lines of coverage offered by the majority of school districts today. Leave with plenty of ideas to implement in your own district! 
   For more information, contact Michelle Johnson at mjohnson@ia-sb.org or by phone (515) 247-7055.