Event Calendar

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

School Operations Academy*

Start Date: 7/19/2023 8:00 AM EDT
End Date: 7/20/2023 1:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Best Western Premier Hotel

800 East Park Drive
Harrisburg, PA  United States  17111

Organization Name: PASBO

Rebecca Odotei
Email: rodotei@pasbo.org
Phone: (717) 540-9551

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
  • Human Resources

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
The event will be held at The Best Western Premier Hotel & Convention Center, Harrisburg. A room block is available for Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 19 until June 20, 2023. The rate is $119.95 + 11% tax per night.

To make a reservation in the room block by June 20, 2023, click here. You can also call the hotel at (717) 561-2800.

AGENDA (Subject to change)
Wednesday, July 19
8:45 – 9:30 am                  Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 am                Welcome/About PASBO
10:00 – 11:00 am              General Session: Leadership 
11:00 – 11:30 am              Beverage Break 
11:30 – 12:30 pm              Concurrent Tracks (BS=Business, FC=Facilities, FS=Food Service, TR=Transportation, HR=Human Resources)
     BS           Accounting Basics
     FC           Facilities Maintenance and Management
     FS           Reviewing Food Service Basics
     TR           Responsibilities of the Transportation Department
     HR          School HR intro 
12:30 – 1:30 pm                 Lunch
1:30 – 2:35 pm                   Concurrent Tracks
     BS           Student Activities
     FC           Capital Improvement and Construction 
     FS           Navigating PEARS
     TR           Transportation Subsidies, Forms & Deadlines
     HR          Record Keeping and Mandated Training                                                               
2:40 – 3:45 pm                 Concurrent Tracks
     BS           Finance & Investments
     FC           Housekeeping
     FS           Budget Development and Program Analysis
     TR           Audit Requirements
     HR          FMLA & ADA
3:45 – 3:55 pm                  Break
3:55 – 5:00 pm                  Concurrent Tracks (BS=Business, FC=Facilities, FS=Food Service, TR=Transportation, HR=Human Resources)
     BS           Managing the School Business Team
     FC           Grounds Management
     FS           Ins & Outs of the Free & Reduced Program (Part 1)
     TR           PennDOT Regulations & School Bus Driver Training          
     HR          FLSA, WC, UC, Title IX
5:00 – 7:00 pm                 Reception & Networking             
Thursday, July 20
7:30 – 8:00 am                  Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am                  General Session: Introduction to Purchasing             
9:00 – 10:00 am                General Session: What HR Information You Need to Know
                                           HR - Certifications, CSPGs, and PDE             
10:00 – 10:30 am              Break                   
10:30 – 11:35 am              Concurrent Tracks
     BS            Budgeting - Revenues
     FC            Environmental Safety
     FS           Ins & Outs of the Free & Reduced Program (Part 2)
     TR           Transportation Safety
     HR          Training, Evaluations, Progressive Discipline, & Improvement lans
11:35 am – 12:40 pm         Concurrent Tracks
     BS           Budgeting - Expenditures
     FC           Benchmarking and Data Management
     FS           Purchasing & Donated Commodities
     TR           Benchmarking, Cost Savings & Best Practices
     HR          Collective Bargaining & Union Contracts 
12:40 pm                             Adjourn – Safe trip home!

Days Register by July 9 After July 9
July 19-20 MBR $220/NM $300 MBR $240/NM $320
July 19 MBR $145/NM $195 MBR $155/$205
July 20 MBR $90/NM$125 MBR $100/NM $135
Early Bird Discount - Register by July 9 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 17 to ensure your 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.
Cancelations - Please see the PASBO cancelation policy at 

Both Days:  CPE=11 / PASBO CEU=4
Day 1 only:  CPE=6 / PASBO CEU=2
Day 2 only:  CPE=5 / PASBO CEU=2

Certificates of Attendance for CPA’s will be available online in your user account approximately 1 week following the event.