170 — Finance Pre-Conference
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

8:30 – 8:35 am

170a – Overview

Presenter(s): David Martell, MSBO


8:35 – 9:25 am

170b – Accounting and Auditing Update

Learn about the recent and upcoming changes in accounting standards and audit requirements relevant to your district, including GASB impacts and more.

Presenter(s): Jennifer Chambers and Christopher Geck, Plante Moran


9:25 – 10:05 am

170c – A Look at School Safety

Learn about the current laws and considerations on how to coordinate an effective student safety strategy.  Understand a school’s right to add its own policies in making determinations as to school safety.

Presenter(s): Ahmad Chehab and Ashley N. Higginson, Miller Canfield


10:05 – 10:20 am



10:20 – 11:10 am

170d – MDE: ESSER Update

Get an update on the progress of the ESSER funding process in Michigan.  The latest concerns, opportunities and implementation concerns will be addressed.

Presenter(s): Kevin Walters, MDE


11:10 – 11:45 am

170e – School Aid Budget Status

Understand the details concerning the School Aid Fund and general fund budget priorities. Learn about the major differences between the Governor’s budget and those of the House and Senate. Get the information you need to prepare your district for the home stretch on budget preparation for 2022-23. (Certain presenters may not be available due to legislative commitments that may arise.)

Presenter(s): Bethany Wicksall, DTMB


11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break/Passing Time


12:00 – 1:00 pm



1:00 – 1:15 pm

Break/Passing Time


1:15 – 2:15 pm

170f – Federal Education Update

The School Superintendents Association (AASA), who also work as federal legislative liaisons with ASBO International, will discuss national education issues being considered by Congress and the new administration. Learn what it could mean for schools.

Presenter(s): Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA, The School Superintendents Association


2:15 – 3:05 pm

170g – Michigan Legislative Issues and a Look at Election Year Politics

What happens in Lansing affects your district. One of the top education lobbyists will provide an overview of legislative issues the education community may see this year.

Presenter(s): Christopher Glass, Education Advocates of West Michigan


3:05 – 3:20 pm



3:20 – 4:20 pm

170h – Legal Update

Learn significant legal developments that impact school districts. Hear an overview of state and federal legislation, attorney general opinions, court decisions, as well as other guidance covering a broad range of school law subjects — including finance, employment and labor law, student rights, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and Open Meetings Act (OMA).

Presenter(s): Daniel R. Martin and Ryan J. Nicholson, Thrun Law Firm, P.C.


4:20 – 4:30 pm

170i – Wrap-Up and Review

Presenter(s): David Martell, MSBO

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