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Tri-State Association of School Business Officials
20th Annual Conference, May 16 - 18, 2012

Save the date for the 2012 conference—Wednesday, May 16 to Friday, May 18 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday May 16, 2012

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
7:45 AM – 1:30 PM Registration
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Welcome and Introductions – General Session

School Nutrition – Federal Guidelines
Presenters: Walter Beesley, ME, Cheri White, NH, and Laurie Colgan, VT
A look at the new regulations.
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 noon Concurrent Sessions

1. Microsoft Office 2007/2010 Overview
Presenter: Connie Hyslop

What’s New! Have you recently upgraded to Office 2010? Thinking about whether you should make the change? During this session, the instructor will provide an overview of what’s changed in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook will be discussed.

2. Cloud Computing – Productivity 2.0 – Taming Technology to Manage Your Life
Presenter: David Trask, Oakland SD

This session will be lead by David Trask. In the session we’ll explore the use of online collaboration tools such as the Goggle suite of applications (Google Apps)…Google Docs, spreadsheets, presentation, and forms…Zoho Office, Evernote, Dropbox, as well as a range of others. Participants will be given the opportunity to use these tools during class as well as learn how to set up “Google Apps for your domain”. In today’s digital society, portability and collaboration are easier than ever before. Work with groups of people from around the state/nation/world in a collaborative fashion without every leaving your office. Make phone calls, send text messages, broadcast messages to your team using Google Voice. Share documents with others at the click of a button. Give presentations online! Come and learn how to make yourself and your team more productive with “cloud computing!”

3. “Energy Markets, Procurement, Green and Sustainability Strategic Planning”
Presenter: Jon Sorenson

The deregulated energy markets are more complex than ever with the addition of new tariffs and the added focus on renewable and/or green/clean technology. Jon Sorenson, Competitive Energy Services managing partner, will provide a detailed energy market overview, explore energy product procurement, review regulatory developments, provide an overview of green and renewable initiatives and discuss strategy development and implementation. His program targets businesses, institutions and large endusers, and is appropriate for mid to high levels.

12:00 noon – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Concurrent Sessions

1. Creating Charts and Working with Macros
Presenter: Connie Hyslop

During this workshop participants will learn to create different types of charts including column, stacked, line and pie charts. Attendees will learn to work with embedded charts and chart sheets, understand chart components, move or resize an embedded chart, add new information to a chart, customize the chart axes, legend, title, data markers, gridlines, plot area and add notes or arrows to a chart.

2. IPads/Apps: All you wanted to know and more!
Presenters: Peter Robinson, Auburn School District

The Auburn School Department began an initiative this school year to provide iPads to all its kindergarten students. Come to this session to hear about this innovative initiative and how it’s doing in the first year of implementation. We’ll also take a look at the latest and greatest in iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch apps for productivity, learning, and just plain fun!

3. Is It Audit Time ALREADY???
Presenters: Steve Plodzik and Sheryl Pratt

Back to basics – In this session we’ll cover a number of topics including what you need to do to prepare for the annual audit and what is different about a “single” audit of Federal Funds. We’ll also cover things like what constitutes an encumbrance, what are allowable reserves and what are common “audit findings.”

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM Concurrent Sessions

1. Using Microsoft Excel Lists & Database
Presenter: Connie Hyslop

This workshop is designed for people who manage lists in Excel. Participants will learn how to use Excel database features including sorting information; use a list as a database; filter data to show specific record and calculate automatic database subtotals and totals. The presenter will show how pivot tables are used to summarize and analyze database information. In addition, conditional IF statements and Vlookup formulas will be covered.

2. Bargaining During Troubled Times and Its Impact on Settlements
Presenters: Roger P. Kelly & Matthew H. Upton, DW-Maine/NH

Two experienced public sector negotiators will discuss effective collective bargaining strategies and options and how negotiated settlements are occurring during these trouble times. ASBO members will be encouraged to raise issues and participate in these discussions.

3. They want to do WHAT with student activities???
Presenter: Steve Plodzik & Sheryl Pratt

Two experienced public sector negotiators will discuss effective collective bargaining strategies and options and how negotiated settlements are occurring during these trouble times. ASBO members will be encouraged to raise issues and participate in these discussions.

20th Year Celebration–Ferry Ride to Peaks Island

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Travel to Ferry Terminal Sponsored by Honeywell
5:00 PM SHARP Ferry Leaves for Peaks Island
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Ferry Back to Portland
8:00 PM Explore the Old Port with your ASBO Colleagues


Thursday, May 17, 2012

6:00 AM Walk/Run Sponsored by Primex3
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Student Entertainment
Mt. Ararat Jazz Band
7:45 AM – 1:30 PM Registration
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome – Opening Ceremony – Tri-Chair, James Morse, Portland
Superintendent; Stephen Bowen, ME Commissioner DOE; and A
Representative of US Senator Olympia Snowe
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM General Session – The Importance of School Leadership in Fixing NCLB
Presenter: Massie Ritsch, Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs
and Outreach

“The Importance of School Leadership in Fixing NCLB,” Mr. Ritsch will
discuss the administration’s priorities for education and the department’s
blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also
known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
9:00 AM Guest Program Begins
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 Noon General Session

Special Education Regulations
Presenter: Eric R. Herlan
Mr. Herlan will give an update on changes in Special Education Law
12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch Buffet
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM General Session Topic

Social Networking, Privacy, and Developments in Employment Law – What
you don’t know can hurt you.

Presenter: Daniel Rose, Esquire, Drummond, Woodsum & MacMahon
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Opens with Reception and Cash Bar
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM 20th Annual Banquet Celebration with Chairs’ Comments and Cash Bar
Remarks during dessert from Brian Mee, President ASBO International
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Student Entertainment
Portsmouth Brass Ensemble
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM “Birdie Googins Accidentally Maine’s Only Supermodel and Possible Future

Birdie is a well known stand up comedian who has received rave reviews
from all over the State for her one woman comedy show: “Birdie Googins
Accidentally Maine’s Only Supermodel and Possible Future Queen.” In
Northern Maine the press calls her an icon. In Southern Maine she’s
heralded as a phenomenon. No matter what region she’s appearing in she’s
regarded as hilarious.

So for a fun filled evening of Maine hilarity, high adventure, with more than
a hint of high glamour and fashion, don’t miss this rare appearance by one
of Maine’s most famous personalities! Who knows…you may end up
appearing in one of the paparrazzi’s photos taken during their frenzied
efforts to capture a glimpse of this super celebrity?


Friday, May 18, 2012

6:00 AM Walk/Run Sponsored by LGC
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Farewell Breakfast Buffet
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Student Entertainment
Mt. Blue Middle School Show Choir
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM General Session – Laughter in the Workplace - A Laughter Workout
Presenter: Dwayna Covey, M.Ed.

Laughter is the universal language. Appropriate laughter can lighten the
moment, decrease stress, and improve communication and creativity which
leads to healthier and happier individuals. Laughter is a natural, organic,
inborn healing process for the hardening of the attitudes. Benefits of
laughter and related exercises and activities boost energy and immune
systems, increase employee morale, productivity, and attendance,
neutralize conflict and build trust.
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon Keynote Address

Uncrapify Your Life!
Presented by Jeff Havens

Designed for a broad spectrum of audiences, from entry-level workers to
upper management, the award-winning Uncrapify your Life! keynote is a
study in exactly what not to do. Promising to give his audiences permission
rather than advice, Jeff will ‘encourage’ your team to criticize others and
outsource blame before bringing it all home with a serious discussion about
proper communication, customer service, and accountability practices.

By highlighting and then poking fun of practices we’re all guilty of,
Uncrapify Your Life! offers a unique and delightful twist on the traditional
keynote, one that has found favor with General Electric, USBank, Frito-Lay,
Ford Motors, and hundreds of other companies representing virtually every
industry in the United States and Canada. At once hilarious and meaningful,
Uncrapify Your Life! offers a motivational keynote utterly unlike anything
corporate America has ever seen, one that is guaranteed to leave your
audience refreshed, surprised, and begging for more.

• How to avoid negative and unproductive conversations
• The power of sincere, straightforward communication
• The importance of small things when it comes to delivering
outstanding customer service
• How to approach change in order to achieve seamless integration
1:00 PM Golf Tournament – Stowe Country Club ($50 Fee)


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