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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

School Operations Academy*

Start Date: 7/16/2019 9:00 AM EDT
End Date: 7/17/2019 12:45 PM EDT

Venue Name: Best Western Premier Hotel

800 East Park Drive
Harrisburg, PA  United States  17111

Organization Name: PASBO

Kimberly Pierich
Phone: 7175409551

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
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 Best Western Premier Hotel & Convention Center, Harrisburg. A room Block has been reserved until June 17, 2019. Please be aware that the room block may be sold out before the deadline date. To make a reservation, Go to To make a phone reservation, call 717-561-2800, choose option #4 then option #1.  Room rates are Single/Double $109.95; plus occupancy tax.  For directions, go to 

AGENDA (Subject to change)
Tuesday, July 16
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 - Introduction to Purchasing
11:30 am – 12:30 pm  General Session - Leadership in School Business
12:30 – 1:30 pm  
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: Organizing Your Day
HR           First Impressions – How to Build Critical Relationships
2:40 – 3:45 pm                   Concurrent Tracks
BS           Student Activities
FC           Capital Improvement and Construction
FS           Navigating PEARS
TR           Audit Requirements
HR           Recordkeeping – What and When Do You Trash/Shred/Maintain
3:55 – 5:00 pm                   Concurrent Tracks
BS           Finance & Investments
FC           Housekeeping
FS           Budget Development & Program Analysis
TR           Transportation Safety
HR          Mandated Trainings – Who, What, When, Why, How
5:30 – 6:00 pm                   Reception & Networking  - Sponsored by Kades-Margolis          
6:00 – 8:00 pm                   Networking Dinner 

Wednesday, July 17
7:30 – 8:00 am                   Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:05 am                   Concurrent Tracks
 (BS=Business, FC=Facilities, FS=Food Service, TR=Transportation)
BS           Budgeting - Expenditures 
FC           How to Be Successful in Your Position
FS           Ins & Outs of the Free & Reduced Program (Part 1)
TR           PennDOT Regulations & School Bus Driver Training  
HR           Alphabet Soup – FMLA, FLSA, W/C, and U/C
9:10 – 10:15 am                 Concurrent Tracks
BS           Budgeting - Revenues
FC           Grounds Management & Housekeeping
FS           Ins & Outs of the Free & Reduced Program (Part 2)
TR           How to Be Successful in Your Position
HR          Discipline – The Bain of the HR Director’s Existence
10:25 – 11:30 am               Concurrent Tracks
BS           Managing the School Business Team
FC           Environmental Safety
FS           How to Be Successful in Your Position
TR           Transportation Subsidies, Forms & Deadlines
HR          HR Director’s Role in Collective Bargaining and How to Administer a CB Agreement
11:35 am – 12:40 pm       Concurrent Tracks
BS           How to Be Successful in Your Position
FC           Benchmarking and Data Management
FS           Purchasing & Donated Commodities     
TR           Benchmarking, Cost Savings & Best Practices
HR           The HR Director as Coach
12:40 pm              Adjourn – Safe trip home!

Days Register by June 25 After June 25
July 16-17 MBR $220/NM $300 MBR $240/NM $320
July 16 MBR $145/NM $195 MBR $155/$205
July 17 MBR $90/NM$125 MBR $100/NM $135
Early Bird Discount - Register by June 25 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 12 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 - Please see the PASBO cancellation policy at 

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 available online in your user account approximately 1 week following the event.  


Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 7/15/2019 8:00 AM

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