School Operations Academy

July 27-28, 2017
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

See the workshop listing page for online registration, or to download a paper registration form.

Whether you are new to a position in school business, have recently taken on new responsibilities, or are looking to broaden your scope for career advancement, the School Operations Academy is your one-stop conference providing an introduction to key areas of school management. Repeat attendees are encouraged to attend to pick up a different track to broaden your knowledge base. This program is designed as an entry-level training, but can also be useful as a refresher for experienced business professionals. 
A blend of common-interest and track-specific sessions at the basic level will provide an overview of business operations in a school entity. General sessions apply to all areas of school business management. Breakout sessions offer more specific technical information in the following fields:

  • Business
  • Facilities
  • Food Service
  • Transportation

Getting you up to speed on new responsibilities will save both you and your school time and money.  Through your attendance at the Academy, you will:
  • Learn proven techniques from experienced practitioners
  • Gain ideas to create efficiencies and reduce costs
  • Exchange challenges and solutions with your peers
  • Build a network of contacts across the state
  • New school operations staff
  • School operations staff about to take on a new area of responsibility
  • Established managers looking for a refresher on the basics
  • Education support professionals
  • New Superintendents seeking a basic understanding on school business issues
In furthering PASBO’s Green Initiative, materials for this conference will be completely electronic. All attendees will receive a link to the electronic materials at least one week prior to the conference. Attendees can download the conference materials and bring them along on your portable electronic device. If paper copies are preferred, you are encouraged to print the materials for the track and/or sessions you plan to attend. We thank you for your support of “going green!”  

The event will be held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College. A room Block has been reserved until June 26, 2017. Please be aware that the room block may be sold out before the deadline date. To make a reservation, call (800) 233-7505. Identify that you will be attending the PASBO conference (Ref #PAS0717A).  Room rates are Single/Double $122; plus occupancy tax.  For directions, go to 

AGENDA (Subject to change)
Thursday, July 27
9:00 – 9:45 am            Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:45 – 10:15 am          Welcome & Overview of the Academy, About PASBO
10:15 – 11:15 am        General Session
11:30 am – 12:30 pm  General Session
12:30 – 1:30 pm          Lunch
1:30 – 2:35 pm            Concurrent Tracks (Business, Facilities, Food Service, Transportation)
BS        Accounting Basics
FC        Facilities Maintenance and Management
FS        Reviewing Food Service Basics
TR        Daily Operations, Procedures, & Audit Requirements
2:40 – 3:45 pm            Concurrent Tracks 
BS        Student Activities
FC        Capital Improvement and Construction 
FS        Navigating PEARS
TR        Staff Communication and Discipline in Transportation
3:55 – 5:00 pm            Concurrent Tracks 
BS        Finance & Investments
FC        Staff Communication and Discipline in Facilities – HUMAN RESOURCES
FS        Budget Development and Program Analysis
TR        Transportation Safety
5:30 – 6:00 pm            Reception & Networking     
6:00 – 8:00 pm            Dinner          Sponsored by Kades-Margolis
Friday, July 28
7:30 – 8:00 am            Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:05 am            Concurrent Tracks
BS        Budgeting - Revenues
FC        Technology in Facilities
FS        Staff Communication and Discipline in Food Service 
TR        PennDOT Regulations & School Bus Driver Training
9:10 – 10:15 am          Concurrent Tracks 
BS        Budgeting - Expenditures
FC        Grounds Management & Housekeeping
FS        Ins & Outs of the Free & Reduced Program
TR        Technology in Transportation
10:25 – 11:30 am        Concurrent Tracks 
BS        Personnel Issues in the Business Office 
FC        Environmental Safety
FS        Technology in Food Service
TR        Transportation Subsidies, Forms & Deadlines
11:35 am – 12:40 pm  Concurrent Tracks
BS        Technology in the Business Office
FC        Benchmarking and Data Management
FS        Purchasing & Donated Commodities
TR        Benchmarking, Cost Savings & Best Practices
12:40 pm         Adjourn – Safe trip home!

Days Register by July 6 After July 6
July 27 & 28 MBR $220/NM $300 MBR $240/NM $320
July 27 Only MBR $145/NM $195 MBR $155/$205
July 28 Only MBR $90/NM$125 MBR $100/NM $135
Early Bird Discount - Register by July 6 and save on your registration.
Buy One Full Conference, Bring Additional Staff from Your LEA at 25% off - Register one person for the full two-day conference and additional staff from your LEA can register at 25% off.  When you register, you will receive a discount code in your confirmation that must be entered to get the discount for additional staff. The member status of the individual will determine if the member or non-member price applies and the 25% discount will be applied to applicable fee.
Registration Deadline - Register by July 14 to ensure your materials and name badge will be waiting for you.
Walk-ins - Walk-ins will be accepted on a space available basis at an additional fee of $35 per registrant.
Cancellations - A $20 service fee will be retained for each workshop cancellation. No refunds will be made for cancellations received in the PASBO office within five business days of the scheduled workshop. Transfers and substitutions are not permitted.

Both Days:  CPE=11 / PASBO CEU=5
Day 1 only:  CPE=6 / PASBO CEU=3
Day 2 only:  CPE=5 / PASBO CEU=3

Certificates of Attendance for CPA’s will be presented at the conclusion of CPE-designated workshops as proof of attendance in accordance with the State Board of Accountancy regulations.