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WASB webinars focus on providing school board members and administrators with timely information and resources. To participate in a WASB webinar, you will need a computer with Internet access. 

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Upcoming Legal Webinars

Legal webinars are $35. Registrants receive 2 WASB member recognition points

Sign up for any four webinars in 2017-18 for $100. To register, call WASB at 608-257-2622. Offer available to individual board members, administrators or administrative staff.


2017 Webinar

AUGUST 2, 2017, 12-1 PM
Pupil Records
This presentation covers state and federal laws relating to the maintenance and release of pupil records. We will cover the basics of the pupil records law and focus on limitations to the release of pupil records and on recent changes in the law.
Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel


AUGUST 9, 2017, 12-1 PM
School District Referendums – Legal & Policy Considerations
More and more school districts are going to referenda for funding and facilities. This interactive webinar will cover the legal and policy considerations that you should consider before going to referenda. The webinar will provide detailed analysis of the different types of referenda, the procedure and timing of referenda, the use of district funds and resources during a referendum, the roles of the board, individual board members and staff during a referendum, and how districts, staff, and boards may interact with third party groups, e.g. “vote yes,” “vote no,” etc.
Presenter: Barry Forbes, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel


SEPTEMBER 13, 2017, 1:30-2:30 PM
Pupil Expulsion
This webinar presentation covers state and federal laws relating to the pupil expulsions. The presentation will provide a roadmap for considering the expulsion of pupils and to help avoid common pitfalls when doing so. The presentation will focus on procedures for administrators as well as for boards that conduct their own expulsion hearings.
Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel


OCTOBER 4, 2017, 12-1 PM
Administrator Contracts
This presentation covers all aspects of administrator contracts, including the drafting of contracts, contract term, application of section 118.24 Wis. Stat. to administrator nonrenewals and more. State and federal court decisions on administrator contracts, including the Klaus v. Eau Claire School District case will be covered.
Presenter: Ben Richter, WASB Staff Counsel


OCTOBER 18, 2017, 12-1 PM
FMLA: State and Federal Requirements
This webinar will review requirements under the Wisconsin and Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, including eligibility for leave for birth or adoption, serious health conditions of employees, parents, spouses and children and the various leaves available to military service men and women and their families. Employer notice and documentation requirements will be covered along with employer and employee rights and obligations during and after FMLA leaves.
Presenter: Barry Forbes, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel


NOVEMBER 1, 2017, 12-1 PM
Election Notices and Procedures
Wisconsin school districts must comply with numerous statutory obligations related to elections, and this presentation will cover key deadlines, required notices, and post-election processes. This webinar will be of particular interest to school district clerks and to superintendents’ administrative assistants (who often assist with election duties).
Presenter: Dan Mallin, WASB Legal and Policy Staff Counsel


MARCH 7, 2018, 12-1 PM
Individual Contracts and the Nonrenewal Process
The elimination of collective bargaining by Act 10 elevates the importance of individual teacher contracts, which may become similar in content to administrator contracts. This presentation will focus on the process of drafting new contractual provisions to transition from traditional contracts to contracts that meet districts’ needs in the post-collective bargaining world. This presentation also will review the basics of nonrenewal of teacher contracts under section 118.22 of the Wisconsin Statutes and include guidance on the application of constitutional protections and discrimination laws as well as alternatives to nonrenewal will be discussed.
Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel


MAY 9, 2018, 1:30-2:30 PM
Hiring Teachers
This presentation will inform you about the general hiring process of teachers, including state requirements. It includes information about the purpose of position descriptions, the posting of vacancy notices, application forms, the interview process, and reference checks. You will also learn about state and federal laws as they relate to employment discrimination.
Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel


JUNE 13, 2018, 12-1 PM
Annual and Special Meetings
This presentation will review the notice requirements for annual and special meetings, cover meeting agendas and procedures and discuss the division of powers between the annual meeting and the school board in common school districts.
Presenter: Barry Forbes, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel

Past Legal Webinars (Recorded)

Administrator Contracts (Oct. 2016) – $35.00

This presentation covers all aspects of administrator contracts, including the drafting of contracts, contract term, application of section 118.24 Wis. Stat. to administrator nonrenewals and more. State and federal court decisions on administrator contracts, including the Klaus v. Eau Claire School District case will be covered.


Annual and Special Meetings:Notices, Procedures and Powers (June 2017) – $35.00

This presentation will review the notice requirements for annual and special meetings, cover meeting agendas and procedures and discuss the division of powers between the annual meeting and the school board in common school districts. The webinar was recorded in four parts. Members will receive all four parts for $35.

Part 1: Introduction, Time and Place of the Annual Meeting, and Meeting Notice (9 minutes)
Part 2: Annual Meeting Powers (15 minutes)
Part 3: Preparing for the Annual Meeting (10 minutes)
Part 4: Conducting the Annual Meeting, Meeting Minutes, Special Meetings of the Electors (12 minutes)


Complaint and Public Comment Procedures (Oct. 2014) – $35.00

Communications with the public and community engagement are some of the most important responsibilities of the school board, but can also interfere with the efficient conduct of business at board meetings. This webinar will review legal and policy issues relating to public participation at board meetings and the processing of complaints from the public. Members will receive all four parts for $35.

Part 1: Introduction (4 minutes)
Part 2: Complaint Procedures (14 minutes)
Part 3: Public Participation, Legal Considerations (8 minutes)
Part 4: Public Participation, Policy Considerations (6 minutes)


Extracurricular Issues: Coaches’ Pay, Assignments, Etc. (Oct. 2013) – $35.00

Extracurricular assignments compliment the core educational mission, but pose unique issues. This presentation will address the hiring process for coaches, how to pay coaches under the fair labor standards act, who can coach for the district, the role of volunteers, the training for coaches on concussions, and implications under Title IX.


Evaluation Policies and Procedures (Oct. 2013) – $35.00

While many school districts are no longer subject to just cause requirements for teacher nonrenewal, an effective evaluation process is critical to avoiding discrimination complaints and other challenges to teacher nonrenewal. This presentation will review the steps needed to design and implement an effective evaluation system.


FMLA: State and Federal Requirements (Aug. 2016) – $35.00

This webinar will review requirements under the Wisconsin and Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, including eligibility for leave for birth or adoption, serious health conditions of employees, parents, spouses and children and the various leaves available to military service men and women and their families. Employer notice and documentation requirements will be covered along with employer and employee rights and obligations during and after FMLA leaves. Members will receive all four parts for $35.

Part 1: Applicable Employers and Employees, Employer Notice Requirements (13 minutes)
Part 2: Types of Employee Leaves, Birth or Adoption (13 minutes)
Part 3: Serious Health Condition, Military Caregiver, Qualifying Exigency (20 minutes)
Part 4: Non-continuous Increments, Substitution of Paid Leave, Benefits Allowed, Reemployment (11 minutes)


Hiring Support Staff (July 2014) – $35.00

This presentation will inform you about the general hiring process of teachers, including state requirements. It includes information about the purpose of position descriptions, the posting of vacancy notices, application forms, the interview process, and reference checks. You will also learn about state and federal laws as they relate to employment discrimination.


Individual Contracts and the Nonrenewal Process (March 2017) – $35.00

The elimination of collective bargaining by Act 10 elevates the importance of individual teacher contracts, which may become similar in content to administrator contracts. This presentation will focus on the process of drafting new contractual provisions to transition from traditional contracts to contracts that meet districts’ needs in the post-collective bargaining world.

This presentation also will review the basics of nonrenewal of teacher contracts under section 118.22 of the Wisconsin Statutes and include guidance on the application of constitutional protections and discrimination laws as well as alternatives to nonrenewal will be discussed.


Public Participation – $35.00

Public comments at meetings can present a difficult balancing act for school boards.


Public Records (Feb. 2015) – $35.00

School districts are required to keep and provide public access to district records. This webinar will identify records covered by the law, review public notice requirement and discuss in detail how records custodians should respond to public records requests. Members will receive all four parts for $35.

Part 1: Definitions, Notices and Custodians
Part 2: Requests
Part 3: Requestors, Applicants and Employees
Part 4: Denying a Request, New Developments


Pupil Expulsions (Sept. 2016) – $35.00

This webinar presentation covers state and federal laws relating to pupil expulsions. The presentation will provide a roadmap for considering the expulsion of pupils and how to avoid common pitfalls when doing so. The presentation will focus on procedures for administrators as well as for boards that conduct their own expulsion hearings. In addition, the presentation will also include an Expulsion Overview Guide with sample notifications and hearing procedures.

This webinar presentation covers state and federal laws relating to pupil expulsions. The presentation will provide a roadmap for considering the expulsion of pupils and how to avoid common pitfalls when doing so. The presentation will focus on procedures for administrators as well as for boards that conduct their own expulsion hearings. In addition, the presentation will also include an Expulsion Overview Guide with sample notifications and hearing procedures.


Pupil Records (Aug. 2016) – $35.00

This presentation covers state and federal laws relating to the maintenance and release of pupil records. We will cover the basics of the pupil records law and focus on limitations to the release of pupil records and on recent changes in the law.


Rules of Order for Conducting School Board Meetings (April 2014) – $35.00

In general, school board meetings are more effective when the board members’ attention is focused on the substance of their decisions, rather than on the procedures that are used to navigate the agenda and reach those decisions. A board policy that establishes a core set of “rules of order” for board meetings can provide a useful, mutually-understood framework for conducting board business. The presentation will provide an overview of areas where state law mandates certain procedures for school board meetings, and it will also identify several areas in which school boards have local flexibility.


School Board Organizational Meetings and Roles of Board Officers (April 2014) – $35.00

School boards are required to hold their organizational meeting on or within 30 days of the 4th Monday in April. This presentation will review requirements for the organizational meeting and the roles and responsibilities of school board officers.


School District Referendums: Legal & Policy Considerations (July 2016) – $35.00

More and more school districts are going to referenda for funding and facilities. This interactive webinar will cover the legal and policy considerations that you should consider before going to referenda. The webinar will provide detailed analysis of the different types of referenda, the procedure and timing of referenda, the use of district funds and resources during a referenda, the roles of the board, individual board members and staff during a referenda, and how districts, staff, and boards may interact with third party groups, e.g. “vote yes,” “vote no,” etc.


Title IX: It’s About Athletics and A Whole Lot More Part 1: Compliance (April 2017) – $35.00

The federal Office for Civil Rights has been diligent in warning school leaders about the full scope of each district’s Title IX obligations. In the first of this two-part webinar series, a WASB attorney will identify how Title IX’s focus on sex discrimination and gender equity apply in key areas such as career and technical education, sex-based harassment, school discipline, employment, and athletics. Title IX self-audits and other recommended practices will be discussed.


Title IX: It’s About Athletics and A Whole Lot More; Part 2: Title IX Coordinator (April 2017) – $35.00

The federal Office for Civil Rights has been diligent in warning school leaders about the full scope of each district’s Title IX obligations.  In the second of this two-part webinar series, a WASB attorney will address the designation, responsibilities, and training of a formal Title IX coordinator.

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View a March 2017 recorded webcast featuring the Kettle Moraine School District.

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