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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 an annual favorite – the “You Bring the Questions” session. Don’t miss this opportunity to refresh your skills as you prepare for the new school year.


Thursday, August 2

  • 8:30 a.m. — Registration Opens
  • 10-11:30 a.m. — Welcome and Opening Keynote
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Lunch
  • 12:45-2 p.m. — Back to School Preparations for Board Secretaries
    This session will delve into the role of the school board secretary in preparing for the start of a new school year. Although planning will be well underway for 2018, these planning tips and last-minute reminders will be something every board secretary will want to hear.
  • 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
  • 8:30-10 a.m. — Preparing for Audits/Compliance Monitoring
    Davelyn Smeltzer and Heather Masshardt, PSBA Governance Services; Auditor general representative
  • 10-10:15 a.m. — Break
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. — You Bring the Questions
  • 11:15-11:45 a.m. — SBS Forum Business Meeting


Member registration fee: $199
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


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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