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May 9-11, 2007

Time to Celebrate LEARNING!! What an apt theme for the 15th Annual Tri-State ASBO Conference. Much of what business officials are all about is the business of LEARNING. We are called upon to manage the means for students to learn, for teachers to impart lessons, and for districts to provide the educational resources necessary for our students to excel. In order to do this well, we as professionals must continue in our role as LEARNERS. And the Tri-State Conference once again provided a wide array of learning experiences for our attendees, vendors and guests.

The Radisson Hotel in Manchester was a departure from the usual venue in New Hampshire. We were treated to outstanding service, ample space for workshops and break-out sessions, and room to accommodate a record number of vendors. The city location provided us with easy access and exposure to activities outside the conference setting as well.

Wednesday’s sessions were met with great enthusiasm and were some of our most highly rated programs. The sessions focused on technology and technical “how to” issues. Rick Hutchins provided an all day Excel session which was geared toward those participants with a working knowledge of Excel. The scope of the presentation ranged from shortcuts and tips to more advanced macros, calculations and functions, all with an eye on helping school business officials learn to use Excel most effectively.

Sheryl Pratt of Plodzik & Sanderson, P.A. provided a second all day session, “Stump the CPA” which focused on answering attendees questions on governmental accounting, including student activities funds, federal grants and other areas of interest. As always, there was lively give and take throughout the day, with much learning interspersed with laughter and good will.

Another returning favorite was Connie Hyslop. In the morning Connie spent time helping us understand the capabilities of digital cameras. She showed us how to use many of the features of Adobe PhotoShop Elements in order to enhance our photographs and integrate them into other applications like Word, PowerPoint or Publisher. The afternoon session concentrated on basic Web Design. Those attending this session learned how to create a website and add features such as hyperlinks, working with tables, and inserting photos (from the morning session) among other things.

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