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2018 Legal and Human Resources Conference

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Workshop - Wednesday, February 21

Dinner 6 pm
Workshop 6:30 – 9 pm with one 10-minute break:

Policy Development

This workshop will help new and experienced board members better understand their role in policy development and prepare them for the important policy choices boards must make today.

A WASB Organizational Consultant will discuss fundamentals of board policy development, from the importance of board involvement in the process to the distinction between board policies and administrative rules and the implementation of the final policy. A WASB staff counsel will review multiple policy topics that school boards should be working on now due to recent law changes and other developments.

  • Rachel Schultz, Ed.S., Consultant, WASB
  • Barry Forbes, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel, WASB
Program - Thursday, February 22

(Choose one session in each time period)

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am

The First Amendment and Free Speech – What School Boards Need to Know
Free speech issues arise in a variety of school contexts– student dress, public comments at school board meetings, distribution of literature to students, use of school facilities by community groups, and employee speech to name just a few. This session will review the free speech rights of students, employees and the public, and discuss the options and policy choices school boards have when creating public forums and regulating speech.
• Barry Forbes Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel, WASB

A Holistic Approach to Employee Well-Being
Recognizing the importance of wellness in the workplace, this session will discuss a holistic approach to employee well-being. Our discussion will encapsulate wide-ranging lines of benefits and services to improve employee engagement, productivity and attendance and help organizations maintain pace for continuing to be an employer of choice.

Specifically, we’ll discuss:
• How to get the most out of your current benefits;
• Developing a strategy to meet your employees at their place of need; and
• Choosing the right communication methods that connect your employees to the benefits and services you provide.
• Al Jaeger, Senior Benefits Consultant, Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting
• Bret McKitrick, Senior Human Resources Consultant, Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting
• Kalise Horst, Wellness Coordinator, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

9:55 am Break
10:05 am

Investigating Employee Misconduct
A comprehensive approach to collecting and preserving evidence related to employee misconduct is the foundation for supporting employee discipline. This session offers a systematic approach to the investigation process with a focus on the administration and board’s role as well as due process requirements.
• Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel, WASB

A Comprehensive, Organization Development Approach to Safety, Well-Being, and Engagement
Many trends in school operations simultaneously push safety, employee well-being and employee engagement to the forefront.

In this session, you’ll learn how to apply traditional organization development methodologies to plan and implement interventions that incorporate these three initiatives through culture development, leadership development, and a significant commitment to shared-experience coaching. We’ll share with you the specifics of our actual experiences in these areas, and how you can create and lead similar initiatives in your district.
• Keith Friede, Area Vice President, Talent & Organization Development, Gallagher

11:30 am Lunch
12:30 pm

Harassment and Discrimination
Recognizing and preventing harassment is part of creating a productive working environment. Investigating complaints of harassment, both past and present, is an important component of a harassment prevention strategy. Through this presentation you will become informed about state and federal law, board policy and administrative guidelines, and case law related to harassment.
• Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel, WASB

Managing Risk for Co-Curricular Activities in Public Schools
Co-curricular activities are an important component of public education. However, they can pose risks to participants and schools. This session will highlight the key steps, including policy development, staff safety training and the implementation of safety procedures, that district leaders should be undertaking to keep their students and staff safe and minimize the risk to their districts. The presenters will use real situations districts have faced recently to illustrate potential problem areas.
• Luke Francois, District Administrator, Mineral Point School District
• John Gibson, Partner – Vice President, Program Business, TRICOR, Inc.

1:55 pm Break
2:05 pm

Nonrenewal of Teacher Contracts
This presentation will review the basics of teacher nonrenewal, including statutory 118.22 requirements, due process constitutional protections, employment discrimination laws, contractual just cause provisions, public records and open meeting law considerations, and more. Alternatives to nonrenewal will also be discussed.
• Ben Richter, Staff Counsel, WASB

Using Benefit Strategies to Provide Employees Greater Financial Security
In an environment of rising medical costs, employers are seeking ways to provide greater financial security to their employees by mitigating the financial risks when changing health insurance plans. Learn how a sound worksite benefit strategy can help school districts answer this call.
• Katie Ott, Director of Worksite Practice, M3 Insurance
• Jeff Ireland, Director of Education and Government Employee Benefits Practice, M3 Insurance

3:30 pm Adjourn

Registration Information

Pre-conference workshop fee: $95.

Legal & Human Resources Conference fee: $155.

Registration includes all materials and meals identified on the agenda.

Attendance at the Thursday Conference has been approved for 6.5 CLE hours for attorneys.

Deadline for registration: Wednesday, February 15, 2018

No refund for cancellations after Feb. 15. To cancel, call toll-free 877.705.4422.


Kalahari Resort & Conference Center   Directions
1305 Kalahari Drive,
Wisconsin Dells WI 53965

Reservations: 877-253-5466
Hotel Rates: $112.00- Single or Double
Cut-off Date for Hotel Rooms: January 22, 2018

Please mention WASB Legal & Human Resources Conference when making room reservations to get the special group rates. Hotel reservations cancelled 72 hours or more in advance will receive refund less a $25 processing fee; no refund for cancellation less than 72 hours in advance.