The MASBO Legislative Conference provides an overview of outcomes from the legislative session, giving members a true “head’s up” on what to expect in the coming year. The Conference will also be recorded and available to members following the event.
This session will cover the basics of MARSS reporting, the relationship between the MARSS coordinator and the finance director, and some helpful tips on how to navigate the MARSS world. Sunday Kloncz and Kris Crocker from St. Michael-Albertville Schools will help you to explore your MARSS world and provide some helpful information to help you navigate MARSS and how they work together to meet the challenges of MARRS reporting.
This session will cover monitoring the budgeting throughout the year, as well as suggestions for providing updates to the School Board. The discussion will expand to include the integration of forecasting into the annual budget.
This webinar will provide the process and benefits of creating and maintaining a cash flow spreadsheet. Participants will learn the basics with regards to knowing their school district’s cash flows, understanding liquidity needs, and analyzing cash flows for a future borrowing need or investment opportunity. Presented by Danny Nelson, Director, PFM Asset Management.
The New Member Circle is a monthly virtual meeting geared for active members with less than two years in the profession. It is open to active members in any job function, although it may apply more to those in the business manager role, as there will be a wide range of topics covered. Meetings will be facilitated by experienced MASBO members, and while there will always be an informational component, the primary purpose is to facilitate networking and provide new members with a way to discuss their questions, solutions and challenges in their roles.
When new school board members are elected, it is an opportunity to build relationships that will be beneficial to all. Steve Anderson, Business Manager at Proctor Schools, will share his experiences and suggestions on how to create these important connections.
Curious about how the legislature works? Wondering how to effectively communicate with elected officials? If so, we have a session just for you. This session will help you gain an understanding of the Minnesota legislature and give you a 101 on how it works. You will learn the importance of grassroots advocacy, different ways you can connect with your elected officials and how to craft your elevator pitch to tell your school finance story.
Learn what your roles and responsibilities are as a bond issuer, both before and after the issuance of debt. We will walk through the key components of a bond transaction and discuss who and what is involved in the debt issuance process, and what comes after the sale and closing.
This course will explain the general ed components, including what they are, and what types of expenditures to code to each. The session also covers how state aids are related to the different systems. It will be offered as a live virtual session utilizing Zoom.
This session provides an overview of the cycles and timelines of budgeting for schools, and includes discussions of budget procedures and assumptions, including strategic planning and contract/bargaining. Issues associated with budget reductions, including community involvement and staff reductions, will also be covered. It will be offered as a live event as well as ondemand at a later date.
In this session, participants will learn about the present state of the economy, discover best practices/concepts with regards to investing public funds, and explore different investment options to help maximize earnings in the current interest rate environment.
Cyber Insurance rates are increasing dramatically and school districts are scrambling to meet provider requirements for coverage. In this session, participants will learn about some basic requirements that insurance companies are requiring and how districts can comply. Additionally, we will talk about steps a school district can take to improve their cyber security risk profile which may result in lower premiums in the future. Topics will include multi factor authentication (MFA), data encryption, risk assessment, incident response, security awareness training, and more.
In this session, we'll discuss how to prepare for the Title budget amendment window, including what documentation to gather, how to navigate amending your budget in SERVS, and where to find additional resources.
This session will cover the financial differences between traditional districts and charter schools, including the funding and restriction of funds. It will be presented by Kara Lundin, Business Manager at Grand Rapids Schools, who has experience in both charter school financial management and school business and finance.
Changes in the COVID-19 requirements are continuing to impact public schools. As we navigate into a second year of COVID-19, there continues to be reactive response requirements for businesses and schools. This presentation will cover the current pandemic focuses impacting the operation of school districts and identify guidance on how to plan and navigate.
State law requires all public jurisdictions such as cities, counties, and school districts to eliminate any gender-based wage inequities in compensation and submit reports to MMB.
This session will provide an overview of the reporting requirements and processes as well as important things to plan for and be aware of as you make finance and human resources related decisions.
This session will take us back to basics with some of the key things to remember when working in SERVS, including how to submit applications, budgets, make draws, rolling forward funds and final submissions.
The brief webinar will cover stipends, bonuses, performance pay, pay for developing curriculum, the risk of using ARP ESSER funds for collective bargaining, and the hidden risks of providing hazard pay.
In this session, presenters from MDE will provide guidance and information regarding reporting for summer/extended time programs:
Deb Meier will review UFARS Reporting; Marilynn Loehr will discuss MARSS student reporting for state-approved alternative programs (SAAPs); and Mary Barrie will cover other summer program student reporting (non-SAAP).
New to Federal Single Audits? CARES money coming out of your ears? With new federal CARES money flowing through school districts, more school districts will be subject to single audits. This session will go over the basic requirements of single audits.
This session will cover the basics of MARSS reporting, the relationship between the MARSS coordinator and the finance director, and some helpful tips on how to navigate the MARSS world. Sunday Kloncz and Kris Crocker from St. Michael-Albertville will help you to explore your MARSS world and provide some helpful information to help you navigate MARSS and how they work together to meet the challenges of MARRS reporting.
While we are now all too familiar with COVID-19 risks in our districts, it is important to consider how these risks might impact your renewals as part of your overall risk management strategy. This session will help you prepare for your 2020-21 audit, addressing topics such as making sure class changes are addressed and considerations for hours not worked. We will also talk about the 2021-22 renewal, including the rise of cyber impacts, increased preventative requirements from carriers, impacts of work from home, and much more.
The state legislature drives our school funding, policies and mandates--and understanding the process and players are important for school business officials. In this session, you will learn about the state budget process and timing, MASBO's legislative activities, and how you can keep informed of proposed legislation and advocate for your district.
Keeping track of the CARES fund buckets can seem overwhelming, and in this session Kathryn will share how she is explaining the buckets to her School Board. To help newer MASBO members manage the funds in their districts, she will be joined by a group of other Business Managers who will share the basics of how they are doing internal tracking and coding, determining what documentation to keep, and preparing for the November 13 deadline.
Based on MDE guidance, the transportation scenarios for school this fall could pose some of the biggest challenges for districts. Representatives from the Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT), along with several Business Managers, will share their plans, considerations and questions for the fall transportation scenarios.
In this session, Jennifer Walsh covers how to access and utilize some of the most useful MDE reports. Time at the end of the presentation is reserved for questions and discussion regarding the MDE web site and reports, or any other issues.
How do you know what your obligations are and how can you manage the unique needs during this time. Brenna, Megan and Annie talk through simplifying what steps you need to be taking and how you can support your employees and protect your organization.
The reporting of your special education costs in SEDRA and UFARS must be reconciled at year's end. If these costs are not reconciled, it can create issues with your special education state aid and tuition billing expenses and revenues. This session highlights what to look for in your reconciliation and how to correct issues should they arise.
In addition to her LTFM work, Sarah is now leading the COVID-19 Response Center. In this sessions she will share some of the general resources available, as well as specific information and insights regarding cleaning supplies, your facilities, and LTFM.
Minnesota Statutes establish the requirements for a local educational agency (LEA) to receive funds for special education out-of-state student placements. This overview highlights which students are eligible and how MARSS enrollment data is used. You will learn when to record expenditures in the Special Education Data Reporting Application (SEDRA) and how to submit an application.
With a focus on managing a respiratory outbreak pandemic, facility managers are navigating new waters in managing the risk of infection spread. Many buildings are vacant or with minimal staff, but many are housing the childcare service for frontline workers as well as food services. Choosing a proper sanitizing method for your facility is essential. It is important to review and consider the best cleaning and disinfecting program for your building occupants and staff safety. This presentation will review the current virus facts, how studies are showing it can impact your facility, sanitizing success and examples of what is not working from testing data.
This session provides updates and answers to frequent questions on general leave and accommodation issues resulting from COVID-19 impacts. This includes FMLA public health emergency leave and emergency paid sick leave under FFCRA, as well as addressing suspected COVID-19 illness in the workplace.
A group of southern Minnesota business managers were discussing the many impacts of the coronavirus on their districts, and the result was a list of “Gains and Losses.” Tom shares this framework and how he has applied it to his work in his own district, and will facilitate a group discussion of possible impacts for your district now and in the future.
Minnesota legislators passed a new wage theft law in 2019, requiring employers to take affirmative steps to comply. Join us for a discussion about the wage theft compliance challenges experienced by many school districts in the state.
Now that a couple of GASB 75 disclosure cycles are behind us, let's discuss what we see most for common errors or inconsistencies in the financial statements. This session provides tips and reminders from an actuarial perspective on getting the issues spruced up.
Due to federal law changes in 2018, the 2020 Form W-4 is very different from previous forms. This session provides a quick review of the changes, the employee tax estimator, the instructions for completing the new form and where to get more information.
Led by the MASBO Board of Directors, this session provides a forum for members to share questions and experiences for COVID-19 impacts in the areas of community education, fund transfers, and employment issues.
As leaders in the many transitions of our reality today, it's important to know ways to make virtual enhance our work, not just facilitate it. This session will help you show up as an impactful leader in the remote workplace, to understand how to better structure and conduct different kinds of remote meetings, enhance your communications, and best utilize the technologies to lead, connect and get work done. Participants will also receive downloadable materials to help manage virtual communications and meetings.
There have been significant changes to student activity accounts recently due to the new GASB 84 standard being put in place. In this session, we’ll discuss the recent changes to student activity accounts specifically in Minnesota as well as some commonly asked questions and best practices.
The federal government has enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which is effective April 2, 2020. This bill includes: (1) Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, and (2) Emergency Paid Sick Leave. This session includes a brief overview of the two components of this legislation, and will then will answer top questions submitted by MASBO members.
This session provides the process and benefits of creating and maintaining a Cashflow Spreadsheet. A Sample Cashflow Spreadsheet is provided for you to get started and from the Sample Cashflow Spreadsheet you will be able to create a Spreadsheet specific to your school district’s cash flow needs.
Projecting your Average Daily Membership (ADM) is a critical piece in estimating General Education revenue. While there is no way to predict exactly how many students you will have each year, there are some tools that can help you determine if your numbers are "reasonable". This session provides a brief description of the types of pupil units and where they are used. We review tools that look at historical Adjusted ADM and estimate future year Adjusted ADM. This can be used for budgeting General Education revenue in a future year. We also look at fall enrollment and estimate end of year Adjusted ADM to assist with budget revisions.
School districts have several options or tools that can be used to finance capital projects. Some are well known (e.g., voter-approved bond issues), while others are more obscure (e.g., capital project levies). This session provides information related to the financing tools available to districts, including an explanation of the types of projects that can be financed, process for accessing the financing, advantages, and disadvantages.