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School Board Secretaries Conference

Aug 2, 2018 • 8:00 am - Aug 3, 2018 • 5:00 pm

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Aug. 2-3, Kalahari Resorts, Poconos

School board secretaries are an essential part of school boards’ success. Attend the annual event designed specifically to meet your networking and training needs. Held in the beautiful Pennsylvania Poconos, the School Board Secretaries Conference will provide you with the latest policy and legal updates, help you prepare for back-to-school and budget season, and will also feature a closing keynote speaker, Jen Croneberger, The Five Cs of a Compassionate Leader. Don’t miss this opportunity to refresh your skills as you prepare for the new school year.

Our thanks to our valued Closing Keynote Session sponsors!


Thursday, August 2

  • 9 a.m. — Registration Opens
  • 10-11:30 a.m. — Welcome and Know Your Minutes to Win It 
    A session with a “game show” setting. Whether you are a seasoned minute taker or new to the game, this session will be filled with tips, tricks and everything in between, while equipping you to produce the most accurate and effective set of minutes.
    Presenter: Beth Zeigler, 2018 Committee Chair
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Lunch
  • 12:45-2 p.m. — What Board Secretaries Need to Know About ESSA
    Presenter: Misty Slavic, Freedom Area SD
  • 2:15-3:30 p.m. — Policy and Legal Hot Topics for Board Secretaries
    Find out what’s happened in the last year, what’s pending and what’s new that will help you and your school board navigate the policy and legal landscape and maintain compliance.
    Presenters: Davelyn Smeltzer, PSBA Governance Services; and Allison Petersen, Levin Legal Group
  • 3:30-3:45 p.m. — Beverage Break
  • 3:45-5 p.m. — Board Secretary’s Role in Budget Preparations
    School district budgeting takes a team. In this session, Karen McConnell, assistant superintendent for finance and administrative operations at Central Dauphin SD, will guide you through your role in making your district’s budgeting process a success.
    Presenter: Karen McConnell, Central Dauphin SD
  • 6 p.m. — Family Reception

Friday, August 3

  • 7:30-8:30 a.m. — Breakfast and PSBA Update
  • 8:30-9:45 a.m. — Preparing for Audits/Compliance Monitoring
    Presenters: Maryjo Sheridan, Department of the Auditor General; and Heather Masshardt, PSBA Governance Services
  • 9:45-10 a.m. — Break
  • 10-11:15 a.m. — Closing Keynote: The Five Cs of a Compassionate Leader
    As a leader in an ever-changing society, “showing up as your best self” is the cornerstone of our daily success. Showing up as your best self in a change-centric time always and effectively begins with taking ownership of five specific principles: compassionate leadership, character, awareness, accountability and ownership. These five principles are the way of the future — not only in the workplace, but also in our daily lives. Croneberger will inspire you to push boundaries!
    Presenter: Jen Croneberger, JLynne Consulting Group, LLC
  • 11:15-11:45 a.m. — School Board Secretaries Forum Business Meeting


Member registration fee: $199; All-Access member registration fee: $169
Register online by logging in to your myPSBA account.


$199 + taxes per night

Make your reservations online:  https://stay.kalahariresorts.com/pennsylvania#groupSignIn
Group Booking ID:  2696
(Follow online instructions to register.) Questions about your reservation?  Contact hotel directly at 1-877-525-2427 to speak about the PSBA School Board Secretaries Conference. Room deadline date is July 2, 2018.

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions
250 Kalahari Boulevard
Pocono Manor, PA 18349

Cancellation Policy:

The last day to cancel and receive a full registration fee refund is July 5, 2018. A $50 cancellation fee will be charged for cancellations occurring July 6 and after. Beginning on July 26, NO REFUNDS will be granted on any registrations, meals or events. No-shows will be charged full registration fee.


Aug 2, 2018 • 8:00 am
Aug 3, 2018 • 5:00 pm
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Kalahari Resorts, Poconos
250 Kalahari Blvd.
Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania 18349
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