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2020 WASB/WSAA School Law Conference & Workshop

The WASB/WSAA School Law Seminar, taking place Wednesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Wisconsin Dells, will feature experienced school law attorneys presenting sessions on a variety of legal and related issues pertinent to school board members and school administrators.

Sessions will provide attendees with the latest information on important topics including: educator misconduct, rules of order, public/private school cooperation, school resource officers, student discipline, successful RFP processes, teacher contract renewals, open enrollment, and the intersection of social issues and public schools.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 - Workshop (Optional)

5:30 pm
Workshop Registration (Optional, separate registration required)

6 pm Dinner

6:30-9 pm
Boardsmanship Workshop: Improving Relationships
School boards are most effective when board members and superintendents work as a team with a mutual understanding of the unique and interconnected roles of school boards and administrators. A moderated panel of school board members and superintendents will explore best practices in and challenges to development of communication and leadership skills of board members and superintendents.
• Panel: Diana Bohman, Tomorrow River School District; Larry Dux, Pewaukee School District, Cindy Zahrte, Tomah Area School District; and Fran Finco, Wisconsin Association of School Boards.
• Moderator: Dean Dietrich, Dietrich VanderWaal, S.C.

The School Law Workshop is approved for 3.0 CLEs.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 - WASB/WSAA School Law Conference Agenda

The School Law Conference is approved for 6.0 CLEs. 

8:00 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am
The ABCs of a Good RFP – Strategies for a Successful Process
This presentation will focus on the elements of a good request for proposals process, including:
• Drafting the RFP
• Establishing selection criteria
• Establishing a list of potential providers to invite
• Evaluating service provider proposals
• Determining whether to conduct interviews with respondents
• Using an advisory committee
The presenters will also cover the legal obligations for school districts in the RFP process and provide an “Efficient RFP” checklist and timeline.
• Julie Lewis, Lewis Law Office, LLC
• Jason Levash, CESA 6

Navigating the Maze of Open Enrollment and Other Part-Time Enrollment Options
Ensuring compliance with the requirements of open enrollment can be challenging for school districts even after space determinations are made. The presenters will address the most common compliance issues, including acceptance and denial during the regular and alternative enrollment periods, special education spaces and services, truancy and other reasons for termination, and funding. Districts will be provided answers to tough questions and practical solutions for difficult situations. In addition, the presentation will address frequently asked questions about other enrollment programs. including part-time open enrollment, early college credit program, private school students, technical college courses, and more.
• Matthew Bell, Boardman & Clark LLP
• Abby Busler, Davis|Kuelthau, s.c.

9:30 am – Break

9:45 am
Preventing and Addressing Educator Misconduct
Learn about the law and rules on the meaning of misconduct, the triggers for district reporting requirements, and the misconduct investigation process. This presentation will also include updates on the number and types of misconduct investigations opened by the DPI in 2019, trends and concerns in protecting students from grooming behaviors, and policy options for prevention of educator misconduct.
• Jessica Ozalp, Department of Public Instruction

Rules of Order for School Board Meetings: Productive Parliamentary Procedure
School board meetings are more effective when the board focuses on the substance of their decisions rather than on the procedures used to reach those decisions. Improve your understanding of typical meeting procedures and situations in which state law mandates procedures. Gain clarity on common sources of confusion and obtain ideas for using board policy to document a core set of local rules of order that can serve as an efficient and readily available framework for conducting the board’s business.
• Dan Mallin, Wisconsin Association of  School Boards

10:45 am – Break

11:00 am
Public and Private School Cooperation
Private school vouchers and equitable service requirements under federal law have made cooperation between public school districts and private schools more necessary than ever. The presenters will discuss a variety of issues that come up between public school districts and private schools. The presentation will cover a public school district’s obligation to provide services to private school students, such as transportation, Title I services and special education. The presentation will also discuss requirements for private school vouchers for general and special education students, and more.
• Geoff Lacy and Chad Wade, Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis, & Lacy s.c.

Interactions with School Resource Officers and Other Law Enforcement Personnel
A school district’s relationship with local law enforcement, including school resource officers, is an important aspect of providing a safe school environment. This session will cover several significant aspects of those relationships, including: the role of SROs and other law enforcement officers in investigations, searches and interviews that involve students; expectations for when a school matter may be escalated to a law enforcement matter; navigating the intersections among student rights, school district protocols, and possible obstruction charges; and clarifying legal authority and legal limitations on the sharing of records. The session will also touch on the value of using written SRO agreements to document roles, responsibilities and other expectations.
• Bob Butler, Wisconsin Association of  School Boards

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm
Top 10 Student Safety and Discipline Pointers
The courts, statutes, and state and federal agencies provide the framework, but not all of the answers, to effectively enforcing school behavior and disciplinary policies. The presenters will review 10 best practices that pertain to discipline for conduct at another school or over the summer, monitoring social media, preventing classroom disruption, special protocols for harassment, bullying and Title IX situations, IDEA and Section 504 procedural checklists and strategies, avoiding disproportionality, the use and enforcement of temporary restraining orders, and more.
• Claire Hartley and Gary Ruesch, Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC

The Renewal and Nonrenewal of Teacher Contracts
The renewal and nonrenewal of teacher contracts require careful consideration and planning by the administration and school board. This session will take attendees through a step-by-step process to prepare for nonrenewal, execute the preliminary notice of nonrenewal, hold the private conference (if requested), and take final action to nonrenew a teacher’s contract. This session will also touch on the contract renewal process, basic contract requirements, the role of teacher evaluations, and whether a district’s grievance procedure applies to a teacher nonrenewal.
• Ben Richter, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

2:00 pm – Break

2:15 pm
Culture Wars: The Intersection of Social Issues and Public Schools
Featuring a panel of private attorneys and in-house legal counsel, this session will take a look at some of our most highly relevant social issues, the changing views and applicable law.

The panel will discuss transgender student rights; religious and political beliefs and how those beliefs have made their way into the school house; guns; social justice; equity; use of social media; First Amendment concerns with groups requesting to meet on school property and/or during school hours; the prevalence and use of marijuana/vape devices and the impact on students; and the buzz surrounding CBD/hemp/cannabis.
• Mindy Dale, Weld Riley, s.c.
• Chrissy Hamiel, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
• Jina Jonen, Oregon School District
• Mark Kapocius, Greenfield School District

3:30 pm – Adjourn

Registration Information

The Wednesday pre-conference workshop is $105.

The Thursday conference registration is $175. If you register for both, the fee is $270.

Registration includes materials and meals identified on the agenda..

The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 12.

No refunds for cancellations after Feb. 12. To cancel, call toll-free 877-705-4422.


Kalahari Resorts & Conventions  Directions 
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Room Reservations: 877-326-4489
Hotel Rates: Single/Double Rate: $116
Cut-off Date for Hotel Rooms: Jan. 20, 2020

When making a reservation, identify yourself as a member of the WASB/WSAA Conference group to get the special group rate.