Dear MASBO Members, Guests and Vendor Affiliates,
We are pleased to present the program and registration information for MASBO’s Fifty-First Annual Institute at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, MA from Wednesday May 17 to Friday May 19, 2017. We are partnering once again with the Connecticut Association of School Business Officials, CASBO, to provide an exciting program of rich and diverse offerings. We hope you will attend. All of the registration documents can be found on the MASBO website at www.masbo.org.
We are pleased to be joined by a distinguished group of keynote speakers: On Thursday, members of the Newtown Connecticut school community will share their first-hand experiences of the tragic December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took the lives of 20 young children and six educators. These speakers have agreed to share their personal stories with us, as well as the important lessons they have learned about crisis planning, response and recovery. On Friday, Mr. Noah Berger of the Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center, and Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will speak about current and evolving education issues and trends of interest to school business administrators.
The program also features seventeen concurrent session offerings covering nearly all areas of responsibility for business officials. Topics include grants management, receivership, financial reporting, payroll and benefits administration, data security, transportation, food services, data-driven decision making, operational efficiency, budgeting, scheduling, crisis planning, and facilities management.
We are pleased to present two day-long pre-conference sessions that delve deeply into data-driven decision-making and school procurement. Business Managers are encouraged to bring district teams of up to three participants to the session on Using Data to Inform Resource Allocation Decisions, and to use the tools and resources to answer your own resource allocation questions. The procurement session offered by the Massachusetts Inspector General’s Office focuses on Procurement Issues, Challenges and Trends of particular importance to school districts and is worth 14 PDPs.
Finally, and not least importantly, we hope you will have fun with colleagues and friends at the many social activities we have planned, including: our Fifth Annual Charity Bike Ride on the Shining Sea Bikeway; our Tenth Annual Donald J. Charest Golf Tournament at the spectacular, newly-renovated The Cape Club by Troon; our annual Vendor Social, and our first ever Beach Olympics (pitting MASBO versus CASBO...may the best team win!)
Anne Gulati, MASBO President-Elect and Conference Chairperson