Fall Conference Nov. 9th
THE 2012 FALL CONFERENCE IS
READ ALL ABOUT IT!! These are the Fall Conference professional developments sessions that are being presented at the Maritime Institute. While there’s something for each of the eight areas of school business operations, I encourage everyone to attend a session outside of their specialty. School business officials can no longer restrict their knowledge base to Purchasing, School Finance, Transportation, etc. A broad knowledge of school operations is invaluable to your professional development and awareness of the impact of your work on other areas of your school system.
Below is a link to the Fall Conference Registration form that you can complete and send to your liaison if you’re a school system employee, or to George Colburn if you have any other membership.
See you on November 9th!!
TOP TEN REASONS WHY BUS DRIVERS AND ADMINSTRATORS GET INTO TROUBLE
Every day, transportation officials face challenges requiring responses designed to either resolve an issue or prevent it from becoming more complex until a permanent solution is found. Often the response requires immediate recall of federal and state laws and regulations, local policies and procedures, thinking on your feet, split second decisions, and knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do!! So, what are the Top Ten reasons that drivers and transportation administrators get into trouble? This session will reveal the answers to the questions based upon the results of a state-wide survey and present practical strategies to avoid making it into the Top Ten.
MANAGING CHANGE: BUILDING POSITIVE SUPPORT FOR CHANGE
School Business Leadership and Management
It’s often said that people don’t like change. But when it comes to organizational change, employees are genuinely interested in making things better – an improvement in processes, systems, functions or services most likely translate into direct improvements for the employee too. Learn how a company, globally recognized for its management training, values innovation and encourages change and the opportunity it brings.
LEADERSHIP AND SUPERVISION
School Business Leadership and Management
What are the components of Leadership? What constitutes Leadership? How do you recognize a leader? Acquiring leadership competencies occurs by plan and design, and can’t be acquired in a few training sessions. Its development is a life-long process that must be a continuous sequence of closely linked and systematically organized learning and experience building opportunities. Get started by learning what all good leaders already know.
ARCHITECTURE FOR DUMMIES: THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU EVEN INTERVIEW AN ARCHITECT
Chances are you don’t have a strong background in architecture. Yet, you may be responsible for one
of your school system’s and community’s largest programs – your school buildings! This session explores often misunderstood elements of school architecture, such as the secrets of calculating square foot cost and why it may not be the best comparison tool. Other important topics include change orders, contracts, sustainability, and knowing how to communicate with your architect and builder. Leave with the expert knowledge you’ll need to avoid common misconceptions, mistakes and sales pitches. Be sure to take notes- they will come in handy.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA?
Social media touches every aspect of our lives. Visit our Facebook page, friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and vote for your favorite by sending a text are frequent invitations presented to us as citizens of the digital age. This session will present benefits and challenges of social media with a focus on what school business officials and educators can look for to create best practices for the use of social media in education.
BIM IS IN YOUR FUTURE – YOU JUST MIGHT NOT KNOW IT YET
Through a brief introduction to Building Information Management (BIM), learn how it can make school building construction and maintenance easier, less costly, and a lot less frustrating. This session also will continue to build on past workshops and conference sessions and review the progress and goals of the ASBO BIM Committee as it develops recommended standards for the use of BIM by school systems.
NUTRITION AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL TOOL
School Food & Nutritional Services
You will learn valuable information about the collaboration and partnership in Anne Arundel County Public Schools involving Food and Nutrition Services and Health, Physical Education and Dance. Student success in the classroom is valued as much as teaching lifelong lessons to live healthy lifestyles. In Anne Arundel County, the key to healthy students and healthy schools is to cultivate communities of wellness. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get answers.
RADIO BUS COMMUNICATION IS GOING DIGITAL
Two-way radio is going digital whether you’re ready for it or not. Digital not only provides crisp, clear communication, but also adds data capabilities to your two-way radio system - a system that you own and control, and for which you pay no endless monthly subscriber fees. These systems can provide caller-ID; GPS tracking of vehicles; data inputs that show when a stop-arm is raised, doors are opened, or amber lights come on. Student manifests also are under development using RFID tags or swipe cards. Learn more about these game changing and cost-effective technological enhancements.
GETTING THE RIGHT COPIER FOR THE RIGHT PRICE
A combination of analyzing usage data to right-size copy machines and using a “competitive piggy-back” enabled Harford County Public Schools to dramatically reduce the cost of its copier fleet. Learn how you can accomplish the same results in your school system.
RESPONSIBLE CASH HANDLING PRACTICES
Administrative & Fiscal Programs/Food and Nutritional Services
How does your school system handle its cash collections? What internal controls and procedures are in place to ensure that proper deposits are made? Do you use a courier service, how often are deposits made, do you pay for mileage for staff trips to the banks? Are your checks scanned? Lots of questions and too many examples of how inadequate procedures can lead to theft and public embarrassment for a school system. This will be a group discussion that will explore best practices and provide an opportunity to compare your system with others.
GOOD HEALTH MEANS GOOD BUSINESS: BEST PRACTICES FOR SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYEE HEALTH PROGRAMS
A healthy workforce is critical for business success. Employee health programs help employers reduce absenteeism and boost morale to improve retention, and are often used as the number one strategy to counter the trends of declining workforce health and rising health care costs. Many organizations are using Pay-for-Prevention, a program that rewards employees for making measurable, long-term healthy behavior changes. In this session, you’ll learn why this prevention-focused approach makes sense, the roles of incentives and social connections, and best practices for creating a workplace culture of health.
MEEC – YOUR DUES, YOUR RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Making good financial decisions with a positive return on investments is an important measure, especially as tight budgets continue. This MEEC update will provide an annual report on ROI experienced with purchases made through MEEC contracts, share information about new contracts, and give you a chance to offer ideas on how MEEC can grow to meet your strategic needs.
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FUNDING OF SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION – AN UPDATE
Limited capital budgets and an increased need for upgraded schools has state and local governments looking for creative ways to fund the design and construction of educational facilities. This session will be an update of the Spring Conference one and will keep you up to date on current trends and the need for innovative procurement sources, and provide you with information on how your school system can use new approaches to financing and operating its school facilities.
ACCESS TO SURETY BONDS EXPLAINED: HOW TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS TO BONDING ACCESS AND OVERVIEW OF TOOLS TO IMPROVE INCLUSION OF QUALIFIED SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTORS Finance/Purchasing
This presentation will provide an overview of Maryland-specific bonding products and programs which can facilitate small business inclusion. This discussion will include a review of the common financial screens utilized by bonding companies and best practices to overcome underwriting obstacles. The presentation will also discuss bonding considerations for school systems involved in teaming relationships or joint ventures. A recent bonding success story within the Baltimore County Public School Construction Program will be featured.