KSBA Annual Conference Update: Registrations pass 800; extra sessions offered by state auditors’ staff and on KSBIT financials

Interest continues to build for KSBA’s 77th annual conference, Feb. 22-24 in Louisville, and that interest has resulted in some program changes. As of this morning (Tuesday), more than 820 school board members and superintendents have registered.  In fact, representatives of 151 districts are signed up and ready to attend. Counting registered exhibitors, state officials and other presenters, more than 1,000 people will be attending the conference.

Preregistration continues online here  http://www.ksba.org/protected/EventView.aspx?id=7G32BPA2.  Hard-copy registrations will continue to be accepted for the next two weeks.

Advance registration for a Friday workshop on school board oversight by Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen and members of his staff has far exceeded the capacity of the largest clinic room. So KSBA prevailed on the auditor’s office for a repeat on Saturday.

The second session – at this time led by members of Edelen’s staff but perhaps not the auditor himself – will take place in the 8 a.m. Saturday clinic period.  The added session for Saturday is B-8.

{Please note, as with all clinic sessions, advance registration is requested to allow KSBA conference staff to assign clinics to rooms based on anticipated numbers. Advance registration for clinics does not guarantee a seat, and once the rooms are filled to capacity, hotel and fire marshal rules require no additional admissions.}

To give board members and superintendents an opportunity to hear the facts about the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust (KSBIT) Board of Trustees’ recent decisions, two clinics have been added to the conference agenda.

A “bonus” clinic on KSBIT will take place in the grand ballroom of the Galt House East from 4:45-5:30 p.m. on Friday. This will run concurrently with the Exhibitors’ Reception across the hall.  There is no need to preregister for this clinic. 

This KSBIT clinic will be repeated at 3 p.m. Saturday in session D-3 as part of the final round of conference clinics. Preregistration for this session is available online; it will replace the originally scheduled clinic entitled Transportation Safety & Liability Issues.

One clinic on the schedule has been cancelled: C-10 The Effect of the Board of Education on Student Achievement, and has been replaced witha new clinic,Just the Beginning - $16 Million in Energy Cost Savings(A/S Level II required topic). KSBA School Energy Manager Project Director Ron Willhite will provide an update on the School Energy Managers Project and new resources to fund district energy managers. He will outline the significant potential for additional savings and describe energy conservation measures to capture those savings.

Here are the clinics that have been declared full based on advance registrations as of today:

Friday 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Ready for Kindergarten: Defining, Measuring, Improving – A-7

School Board Oversight: A Discussion with State Auditor Adam Edelen and Staff – A-10

Saturday 8 – 9:15 a.m.

The Next Step in Kentucky’s New Teacher and Leader Effectiveness System – B-1

Legislative Preview 2013 – B-3

Leadership for Student Learning – Improving Instruction – B-7

Saturday 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

State Audits: What Boards Need to Know to Provide Oversight and How To Get It – c-1

Saturday 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Districts of Innovation: How Kentucky Leads the Nation – D-8

At this point, seating remains open for all of the 35 other clinics and all five of the Friday morning preconference workshops. Note: The three-hour preconference workshops – on effective school boards, news media interview skills, health care reform, school risk management and school bullying - require specific registration and involve a $35 per person fee. Registration for preconference clinics does assure space will be available for those who register.

And remember that the deadline for hotel registration through the Galt House is tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 6. After that, the guaranteed rate and room availability may not remain.  The required Galt House lodging form also is available on the conference registration link above.

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