Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Topics vary for
spring division dinner meetings

From school finance to school governance, the Illinois Association of School Boards will offer a wide range of topics at its 2016 spring division dinner meetings.

The meetings begin Feb. 25 and conclude April 25 (click to see complete list).

A discussion of legal issues will be presented as a panel or breakout session at eight division meetings. “Trends in the Schoolyard” will include teams of legal experts examining student management issues.

Beth Purvis
Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis will discuss her role and the current trends in “Cradle-to-Career Strategy & Policy” at the DuPage and Lake divisions, while community engagement will be on the menu at the Central Illinois Valley and Three Rivers divisions. School safety and security will also be on several agendas, featuring Paul Timm of RETA Security, and Patrick M. Twomey of Macomb CUSD 185.

Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, school board member and a familiar face at division dinner meetings, will present “The Future of Illinois & State Funding” at four of this year’s meetings. Finance will also be the topic for Jim Burgett of Stifel and Michael Jacoby, executive director of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

Each Division Dinner Meeting also offers networking opportunities and updates from IASB staff, directors, and resolutions chairs on resolutions, legislative updates, and other Association activities. Some divisions may also offer school facility tours or breakout sessions.

Brochures detailing the 2016 Spring Division Dinner Meetings’ panels, schedules, and locations will be mailed and posted online. Check the IASB website calendar for the brochure and registration links for your division.  Please note that beginning with these spring meetings, all division dinner meeting registrations must be completed online.

Here is the list of this year’s spring division dinner meetings:

February 25        Illini                                               Mattoon CUSD 2
The Future of Illinois & State Funding-Ralph Martire, The Center for Tax & Budget Accountability
March 1                Abe Lincoln                                Taylorville CUSD 3
Legal Experts Panel Discussion: Trends in the Schoolyard-David Braun & Luke Feeney, Miller, Tracy, Braun Funk & Miller & Jay Greening, Miller, Hall & Triggs
March 1                Wabash Valley                         Effingham CUSD 40
Riding the Sea of School Finance-Jim Burgett, Stifel; Trends in the Schoolyard: Legal Update on Managing Students-Donna Davis, Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller; Developing Business Partnerships Roundtable-Mark Doan, Effingham CUSD 40
March 1                DuPage                                        Fenton HS, Bensenville
Role of Illinois Secretary of Education in Cradle-to-Career Strategy & Policy-Dr. Beth Purvis
March 2                Three Rivers                              Troy CCSD 30C
Community Engagement & the School Board: What & Why-Angie Peifer, IASB
March 2                Central IL Valley                       Central SD 51
Community Engagement-Gary Tipsord, LeRoy CUSD 2; Trends in the Schoolyard: Legal Update on Managing Students-Donna Davis, Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller
March 2                Southwestern                           Freeburg CHSD 77
Legal Experts Panel Discussion: Trends in the Schoolyard-Merry C. Rhoades, Tueth Keeney; Colette McCarty, Robbins Schwartz & Barney Mundorf, Guin Mundorf
March 3                Northwest                                  Timber Creek Golf Club, Dixon
School Funding & the State Budget-Mike Jacoby, IASBO
March 3                Egyptian                                      Irvington CCSD 11
The Future of Illinois & State Funding-Ralph Martire, The Center for Tax & Budget Accountability
March 8                Two Rivers                                  Waverly CUSD 6
Legal Experts Panel Discussion: Trends in the Schoolyard-Dennis Gorman, Schmiedeskamp; Colette McCarty, Robbins Schwartz & H. Allen Yow, Rammelkamp Bradney
March 9                Shawnee                                     Carterville CUSD 5
Riding the Sea of School Finance-Jim Burgett, Stifel; Trends in the Schoolyard: Legal Update on Managing Students-Brandon K. Wright, Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller
March 9                Lake                                               Charles J. Caruso Middle School, Deerfield SD 109
Role of Illinois Secretary of Education in Cradle-to-Career Strategy & Policy-Dr. Beth Purvis
March 10             Starved Rock                              Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club, LaSalle
The Future of Illinois & State Funding-Ralph Martire, The Center for Tax & Budget Accountability
March 15             Corn Belt                                     Ridgeview CUSD 19, Colfax
School Safety: Protecting Our Future Through Information Sharing-Mia Ray Langheim, Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center; Trends in the Schoolyard: Legal Update on Managing Students-Brandon K. Wright, Miller, Tracy, Braun Funk & Miller
March 29             Kaskaskia                                    Greenville College, Greenville
In partnership with IASA:  Illinois Legislator Panel Discussion
March 29             Western                                      West Prairie SD 103, Colchester
School Safety: Protecting Our Future Through Information Sharing- Mia Ray Langheim, Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center; Schools as Learning Organizations-Bridget Sheng & Sandra Watkins, Western Illinois University
March 31             Blackhawk                                  Sherrard CUSD 300
Trends in the Schoolyard: Legal Update on Managing Students-Brandon K. Wright, Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller; Crisis Management Requires Readiness-Mark Twomey, Macomb CUSD 185
April 5                   North Cook                                 CafĂ© La Cave, Des Plaines
Improving School Security-Paul Timm, President, RETA Security, Inc.
April 6                   Kishwaukee                               Huntley CSD 158
School Funding & the State Budget-Mike Jacoby, IASBO
April 14                South Cook                                 Silver Lake County Club, Orland Park
The Future of Illinois and State Funding-Ralph Martire, The Center for Tax & Budget Accountability
April 25                West Cook                                  Ridgewood CHSD 234
The Power of Educational Technology-Nick Polyak, Leyden CHSD 212