150 — New Business Manager Pre-Conference
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Emerald AB

8:30 – 8:45 am

150a — Overview and Know Your Role

Presenter(s): Robert K. Dwan and Jason R. Helsen, MSBO and Timothy A. Raymer, BMA Facilitator


8:45 – 9:45 am

150b — Human Resources for Beginners

Description: Gain an understanding of the district’s responsibility for employment documentation and regulations. Basic onboarding and requirements will be discussed.

Presenter(s): Scott N. Sawyer and Andrea Wise, Saginaw ISD


9:45 – 10:15 am

150c — Pupil Accounting 101

Description: How does pupil accounting impact finance? How important is it? Learn about Schools of Choice, Section 105c, and other issues pertaining to residency. Understand the formulas for pupil accounting and how they impact the district’s budget.

Presenter(s): Carrie Haubenstricker, Genesee ISD


10:15 – 10:30 am



10:30 – 11:45 am

150d — A Year in the Life of a Business Official: From Budget Hearings to Election Deadlines

Description: Understand the law behind the critical tasks and deadlines that business officials confront each year. Understand the legal and practical perspectives of the annual cycles.

Presenter(s): Ryan J. Nicholson, Thrun Law Firm, P.C. and Brian D. Olszewski, East Jordan Public Schools


11:45 am – 12:00 pm



12:00 – 1:00 pm



1:00 – 1:15 pm



1:15 – 2:15 pm

150e — Grants Management 101

Description: New to grant funding? Learn the basics of main grants management and key management procedures. Understand the role of the finance office concerning compliance requirements and related internal controls.

Presenter(s): Eric V. Formberg, Retired Partner Plante Moran, PLLC and Kevin Taratuta, Clawson Public Schools


2:15 – 2:45 pm

150f — Understanding the Budgeting and Reporting of MPSERS Contributions

Description: Understand the different rates associated with MPSERS plans and how they are reflected in the district budget and financial statements.  Knowing the plans your staff has chosen and the implications for the district are important. Year end financial reporting requirements will also be discussed.

Presenter(s): Lisa M. Krosnicki, Charlevoix-Emmet ISD


2:45 – 3:00 pm



3:00 – 4:00 pm

150g — State Aid Status Report

Description: Understand the monthly state aid status report and the annual state aid cycles. Identify and understand the different variables and how to perform a monthly reconciliation. Learn when to expect certain changes and how to evaluate prior year adjustments. MDE state aid update reports will also be discussed.

Presenter(s): Philip Boone, MDE


4:00 – 4:30 pm

150h — How to Maneuver Through Section 18: Transparency Reporting

Description: Part of your role as a business official is to provide transparency through posting information on your district website. Budgets, audits, contracts and spending are required topics. Learn the timelines and rules for transparency reporting to keep your district in compliance.

Presenter(s): Chad Urchike, MDE

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