2012 Sustainable Schools Conference

February 1-2, 2012

Salem - Salem Convention Center and The Grand Hotel

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Conference Cancelled

Because so many OSBA members were unable to fit the 2012 Sustainable Schools Conference into their already crowded winter schedules, we have chosen to cancel the planned event on Feb. 1-2.

We hope to hold a series of webinars over the next few months that cover the topics we had planned to cover in the February conference. The webinar option should ease the strain on already tight travel budgets for district, while still conveying information that’s important to your work.

Sustainable

adjective

sus·tain·a·ble  [suh-stey-nuh-buhl]

1. Pertaining to a system that maintains its own viability by using techniques that allow for continual reuse.

2. Able to be supported as with the basic necessities or sufficient funds.

Schools are fundamental building blocks to education and the community. A school district’s ability to maintain financial viability and facilities and increase student achievement is at the core of a great community. A team of experts and practitioners, just like you, have been assembled to guide you through topics all relating to sustainability. Whether it is making sustainable financial decisions, deciding between building new or retrofitting existing buildings or bringing your community together to plan for the future, Sustainable Schools has it covered.

Learn from each other, be inspired and go home with energy and tools to make the right decision for your district.

Learn about:

· Bonds, local options

· Communicating your campaign message

· Sustainable practices & saving money

· Retrofitting existing space

· Building new

· Long range planning

Wednesday, February 1

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Registration and exhibits open

10:30-11:30 a.m.

General Session

Panel: Finding funding and savings to support student achievement

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Workshops

  • Long range program planning beyond the biennium

This session will focus on the use of long range planning for financial operations, facilities investments, technology and maintenance functions. Looking beyond a single year and even beyond the biennium will be discussed. We will also talk about reserves, funding strategies, cost containment and other topics, all aimed at developing sustainable educational programs.

  • Finance: Persuading your community to vote for you

Who are the voters who will determine whether your project receives the public financing it needs? (HINT: they are not the parents of students). Long before you launch a bond or operating levy campaign, you need to know who your voters are, they opinions they’ve already formed about your school district and what motivates them. Learn how to engage your community so they will "show you the money."

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Workshops

  • Finance: Understanding bond measures

Learn about the different financing tools available to you, those that require voter approval and those that don’t and how to translate complex financial concepts into messages that you can communicate, and will be supported by your community. Learn about the Governor’s "Cool Schools" Initiative and the potential for on-going state financing assistance.

  • Retrofitting, using what you have

Remodeling existing school buildings or the many other empty buildings in your community may be an alternative to building new. Or, like Joplin, Missouri, there may not be many options after the massive tornado. Hear about the lessons learned in planning and remodeling available space for their high school and how they translate into possibilities in Oregon.

3:45-4:45 p.m.

Workshops

  • Closing the loop: Use community input to shape budget development

This session will focus on the process designed and implemented in the Sherwood School District. We will include specific steps incorporated into our input-gathering process and how we gleaned input from community members, staff members and our students, as it relates to the development of the 2011-12 budget. The process that we put in place and the specific deliverables that we promised our stakeholders, are examples of just some of the information we will share with you in this session.

  • School efficiency upgrades/retrofits

We will outline how school modernization efforts are possible and how performance assurance can ensure that districts hold their energy services companies accountable for the promised saving and upgrades. This session will share success stories and how energy savings made a difference for teachers and students, and how these budget neutral upgrades such a success for schools across Oregon.

4:45-6:00 p.m.

Reception

Thursday, February 2

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Workshops

  • Rethink the RFP

Building design, construction, and engineering RFPs are typically written in a way that limits owners’ choices because they don’t ask for responders to offer up the most current innovations and cutting edge technology. We will share advice on how to craft RFPs and how this philosophy yielded tremendous cost savings, and enhanced learning environment, and economic development.

  • Long-range facility planning

This session will focus on the development of the 10 year facility plan required by ORS 195.110. The plan must take into account educational requirements, city and county planning coordination, demographics and facility assessments. Learn how this plan can be developed using community input to build champions for your schools so when you need money you'll have the support.

9:10-10:10 a.m.

Workshops

  • Sustainable behavior and curriculum programs

Need help setting up resource efficiency programs and waste reduction programs? Oregon Green Schools will share tools and tips to engage your students, teachers and community to save money and create a healthier school environment.

  • Finance: Will an operating levy be enough?

Building schools is a good investment, but the benefits won’t last if you don’t have the money to maintain them. Local option mantenance levies and construction excise taxes are some solutions, but can be complicated. Hear how Measure 5 "compression" can affect levy revenue and what the most effective messages with voters to get their support. Also hear about construction excise tax and how to determine if it is right for your community.

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Inspired Sessions

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30-3:00 p.m.

General Session

Public opinion research update by Adam Davis

Conference Cancelled

Because so many OSBA members were unable to fit the 2012 Sustainable Schools Conference into their already crowded winter schedules, we have chosen to cancel the planned event on Feb. 1-2.

We hope to hold a series of webinars over the next few months that cover the topics we had planned to cover in the February conference. The webinar option should ease the strain on already tight travel budgets for district, while still conveying information that’s important to your work.


Members: $175 (for the first 3, each additional $140 each)

Non Members: $275

Registration includes:

· 1 copy of the School Bond Manual per district

· Your district voter data

· 2 lunches, 1 breakfast, break snacks and reception

A $50 cancellation fee is charged for each cancellation received after January 13, 2012.

The Sustainable Schools Conference connects you with decision makers in school districts, education service districts and community colleges across the state. Please consider the partnership opportunities below. All event partners are listed on OSBA's website, in the conference program and company names and logos are displayed prior to each general session. This added exposure will set your company apart and help us make this conference a value to schools.

Partnership Packages

Premier Partner

  • Premium exhibit space
  • Introduction at the first general session
  • Two additional free registrations

School Advocate

  • Premium exhibit space
  • Introduction at the second general session
  • Two additional free registrations

A la carte

  • Keynote speakers - Wednesday and Thursday general sessions - $2,500 each
  • Networking reception - Wednesday - $2,000
  • Networking lunches - Wednesday and Thursday - $2,000 each
  • Breakfast - Thursday - $1,500
  • Breaks - Wednesday PM, Thursday AM and Thursday PM - $800 each
  • Scholarships for school attendees - $250 each

Documents

Payment

Pay by credit card - PaySchools

Or pay by check, payable to OSBA and sent to PO Box 1068, Salem, OR 97308

Exhibiting & Networking

Want to be a part of the 2012 Sustainable Schools Conference? It’s a great way to connect with school staff, administrators and board members from all over the state.

Three ways you can participate …
  • Exhibitor — $400 will get you an 8’ table and 2 registrations, including meals.
  • Networking attendee — $250 per person, includes meals but no table space.
  • Sponsor/Partner — Wide range of packages available. Check them out on our sponsor page.

Participating ... the fine print

Exhibit BINGO:

We will provide a BINGO card to all attendees with company names and a place for initials of a company representative. Completed cards will be eligible to win prizes provided by participating companies. You do not need to provide a prize to participate or participate if you provide a prize.

  • The exhibit table price is $400. OSBA will provide one 8’ draped table, one chair, wireless internet and power by request. Registration fee includes registration for two company representatives. Additional registrations are $50 per person.
  • The networking registration is $250 per person. Networking registration is for company representatives who wish to attend but do not want an exhibit table.
  • Space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Meals are included in exhibit/networking registration fees.
  • Exhibitors may attend workshops and general sessions on a space-available basis. Please allow school attendees first option.
  • Fees must be paid in full to guarantee exhibit space. If payment is not received by January 6, 2012, OSBA reserves the right to resell the space.

Documents

How to pay

Pay by credit card - PaySchools

Pay by check - mail check, payable to OSBA, to OSBA, PO Box 1068, Salem, OR 97308

Questions?

Contact Josie Hummert

Conference Cancelled

Because so many OSBA members were unable to fit the 2012 Sustainable Schools Conference into their already crowded winter schedules, we have chosen to cancel the planned event on Feb. 1-2.

We hope to hold a series of webinars over the next few months that cover the topics we had planned to cover in the February conference. The webinar option should ease the strain on already tight travel budgets for district, while still conveying information that’s important to your work.


Lodging

The Grand Hotel
201 Liberty Street SE
Salem, OR 97301

1-877-540-7800 or 503-540-7800

When making the reservation, indicate you are attending the OSBA Sustainable Schools conference. After January 8, 2012 group rates are not guaranteed and based on space availability.

Room Rate

Single rooms are $109 and double rooms are $129. Plus 10% tax. After Jan. 4, hotel reservations at the group rate will be accepted only on a space- and rate-available basis.

Parking

Map of available parking for The Grand Hotel in Salem.

Partners

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