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SupportCon - Downers Grove

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8:00am - 8:30am
Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 8:40am
Welcome and Opening Remarks - David H. Hill, Ed.D, President, Illinois ASBO

8:40am - 9:45am | Opening General Session

What were you thinking? Critical thinking skills to get ahead in your job and your life.
In this dynamic and interactive session you’ll discover five biases that may be keeping you from making the best decisions – as well as practical techniques that will allow you to overcome these biases. You’ll also learn a valuable methodology to quickly analyze and evaluate information in order to make the best possible decision for you, your team and your organization.
Presented by: 
Kristin Arnold, MBA, CPF, CSP, Professional Facilitator & Award-Winning Author

9:55am - 10:55am | Breakout Sessions

confidentiality & Privacy in the Business office
We have all heard the saying "loose lips sink ships," but have you ever wondered how that applies to the business office? Come hear how a few school districts implement sound privacy policies.
Presented by Accounting PDC
Presenter: Jordi Camps, CPA, Executive Dir./Business Services, East Maine SD 63, Linda R. Mont, Sr. Benefit Consultant, Key Benefit Concepts, LLC

Revenues for the business office staff
Review revenues and key dates that should be on every business office calendar. Be sure to stick around for the next session - Expenditures for the Business Office Staff.
Presented by Principles of School Finance PDC
Presenters: Gavin T. McGinn, Accounting Coordinator, Mt. Prospect SD 57, Myron Spiwak, Dir./Business Services, New Trier Twp. HSD 203

Claims & Accident Investigation
Session attendees will learn the ABC's of how to report a claim, how to avoid the pitfalls of not reporting a timely claim and what you need to do to complete an accident investigation form.
Presented by Risk Management PDC
Presenters: Ryan Doyle, Area Assistant Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Byron Given, Account Executive, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

working effectively with your boss
The working relationship that you have with your boss is important, not only because it affects you personally – your mental state and your emotions – but also because the quality of that relationship often impacts the overall productivity of your department and your organization. This session will focus on helping you better understand, communicate more effectively with and work more collaboratively with your boss to make your daily experiences in the office a little more bearable, a bit more pleasant and maybe even more rewarding for you.
Presented by Illinois ASBO PD
Presenter: Craig Collins, Statewide PD Coordinator, Illinois ASBO, Elizabeth Janowiak, Consultant/Owner, EZ Tech Connect, LLC

Learn the essentials of putting together a pubic bid. Topics will include:
    (A) Bid specification, legal requirements, public notice and addendums.
    (B) Bid opening and award, contested bids and board approval.     
    (C) Complications that can arise, who should address them and bid rejection.
Presented by Purchasing PDC
Presenters: Ron Johnson, Dir./Support Services, Indian Prarie SD 204, Tim Keeley, Asst. Superintendent, CSBO, Addison Elem. SD 4, Howard Metz, Partner, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd.

10:55am - 11:05am

11:05am - 12:05pm | Breakout Sessions

IMRF Overview & 2017 legislative update
Learn what makes IMRF different from other Illinois pension systems, member participation requirements, wages to report, member and employer contributions and legislative changes.
Presented by Legal PDC
Presenters: Tecya Anderson, Field Representative, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), Kate Setchell, Field Representative, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)

expenditures for the business office staff
Review expenditures and key dates that should be on every business office calendar.
Presented by Principles of School Finance PDC
Presenters: Elizabeth Gasparini, CPA, Miller, Cooper & Co. Ltd., Kathy Zalewski, Business Manager, CSBO, Evanston-Skokie CCSD 65

maximizing your Medicaid revenue
The US Government has funds your district is entitled to access. Learn how to stay compliant and prepared for an audit, maximize your district's Medicaid revenue and educate your staff in best compliance practices.
Presented by Special Education PDC
Presenters: Kathy M. Gavin, Dir./Fiscal Services, Niles Twp. Dept. of Special Ed., Julie A. Jilek, Assistant Superintendent, CSBO, Northwest Suburban Spec. Ed. Org.

balance sheet basics
Learn how to understand a balance sheet and use it to find mistakes and diagnose problems. Gain some basic accounting knowledge that will make you an even more valuable asset to your district.
Presented by Budgeting PDC
Presenter: Jay Kahn, Dir./Finance & Operations, CSBO, Lake Bluff SD 65

Flex your contract muscle
Let your personal trainer pump you up and slim down your legal budget by exercising your knowledge on contracts, language and clauses to avoid and what you are able to negotiate post bid opening.
Presented by Purchasing PDC
Presenters: Ron Johnson, Dir./Support Services, Indian Prarie SD 204, Howard Metz, Partner, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd.

12:05pm - 12:45pm
Lunch will be provided. Your opportunity to network.​

12:50pm - 2:05pm | Super Session

"Googleize" Your Business Office
Google Docs and the G Suite were first made available to schools 12 years ago, and many of us are still trying to figure out if these tools can help us with our 'real' work. This session will showcase how a large high school district updated its practices, and transformed how it does business with the help of Google's collaborative tools. Learn how support staff members transitioned from Microsoft Excel and Word to Google Docs and Sheets in preparing board of education correspondence, financial dashboards, internal forms and procedural documents and even the annual tax levy!
Presented by Technology PDC
Presenters: R.J. Gravel, Asst. Supt./Business Services, Glenbrook HSD 225, Christine E. Haeggquist, Account Specialist, Computer Information Concepts, Inc., Peggy Koonce, Industry Specialist, Skyward, Inc., Justin M. Vondra, Account Manager, Skyward, Inc.

2:05pm - 2:15pm

2:15pm - 3:15pm | Breakout Sessions

student activity reporting
Come play Jeopardy and learn many tips, tricks and no-no's about student activity funds accounts.
Presented by Accounting PDC
Presenters: Sean P. Carney, Dir./Business Services, Adlai E. Stevenson HSD 125, Elizabeth R. Shields, Assistant Director of Finance, Aurora East SD 131

Learn the Food Service Lingo: NSLP, SBP & ADA
NSLP, SFA, PAL, AR, so many acronyms, what do they all mean? Learn the lingo of food service with this introduction and overview of school nutrition programs.
Presented by Food Service PDC
Presenter: Clare R. Keating, Program Director, School Food and Wellness Group

Payroll Best Practices - An Interactive Discussion
This session will take a deep dive into the payroll process cycle. We will begin by reviewing the "top ten" list of payroll best practices and follow up with an interactive discussion with the panel on various topics and pain points such as common errors, reconciliations, 403b audits and stipends, to name a few.
Presented by Human Resources PDC
Presenters: Sheila B. Peckler, Dir./Business Services, Gurnee SD 56, Sherry L. Reynolds-Whitaker, Business Manager, Lyons Elem. SD 103, Cyndi Sidor, Spvr./Finance, CSBO, Oak Park & River Forest SD 200

Dealing with Difficult People
Frustrated or irritated with a recent interaction with a board, staff or community member? Is there someone you work with whose purpose in life seems to be to make you miserable? Come join us to share some war stories and walk out with several specific techniques to effectively deal with difficult people.
Presented by Leadership PDC
Presenters: David Bein, Asst. Supt./Business, CSBO, Downers Grove SD 58, John N. Benedetti, Dir./Finance & Operations, North Chicago CUSD 187