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 ANNUAL CONVENTION


Recharge, Reenergize, Refocus

Murray Banks' 2016 Convention Handout



Mark your calendar for 2017 at the Ramkota Hotel: 
Thursday, October 26,
for the School Law Seminar and New Member Seminar
Thursday-Friday,
October 26-27, for the Annual Convention

 

The 2016 NDSBA Annual Convention was held at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck on Thursday and Friday, October 27-28.  The School Law Seminar and New Member Seminar were held Thursday, October 27. 

Jim Johnson (Fargo) was elected to lead the association as president. Mike Lautenschlager (Lewis & Clark, Berthold) was elected vice president. Also elected were Roger Johnson (Kenmare), Northwest Director; Karl Lembke (Bismarck), Southwest Director; and Patti Stedman (West Fargo), Southeast Director.

The convention opened on Thursday afternoon with Murray Banks sharing his insights on how to "Recharge, Reenergize, and Refocus" in all aspects of our lives. The first business session followed Murray's presentation.

Friday morning opened with a keynote address from Robert O'Neill, former U.S. Navy Seal.  Along with his incredible story, he shared his thoughts on leadership, decision-making, and how to become the "best of the best."  Another general session was held from 1:15-2:15 with former astronaut Story Musgrave sharing his personal history as a farm kid and his journey to being a Marine mechanic in Korea, trauma surgeon, and chief mechanic on the Hubble Space Telescope.  

Clinic sessions on Friday included:
  • Evolving Benefits for Students with Implementation of the Flex Mod Schedule 
  • School Finance 101
  • AdvancED Accreditation and Continuous Improvement
  • Collective Bargaining Contract Language
  • What NASCAR and School Boards Have in Common
  • ND State ESSA Accountability Plan
  • Superintendent, Business Manager, and Board Evaluation
  • Open Record and Meeting Laws in North Dakota
  • Legislators' Perspective on the 2017 Legislative Session
  • Human Trafficking 101
  • Investigation: Role of the School Administrator and the School Board 
  • Raising the Bar: Changing and Creating a Positive Culture for Students
  • Balancing Your Mojo
  • Conversation with State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler
  • AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination
  • Understanding Cyber Security
  • Small Organized Schools: Online Ag Ed in the Classroom and Mental Health and Suicide Training
The School District Business Managers had specific sessions that provided information of particular interest to their group.

Exhibitors were present on Friday to share expertise on their products and services.

Jim Vendsel, member of the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood School Board, was named the 2016 recipient of the Barb Norby Scholarship in recognition of his exemplary board service.

2016 SERVICE AWARDS
VETERAN
Steve Halldorson, Devils Lake School District
MASTER with Distinction
Cyndee Chesley, Enderlin Area School District

The Second Business Session and Delegate Assembly was at 3:30 on Friday. The Delegate Assembly passed the following resolutions:

 

RESOLUTIONS READOPTED AS WRITTEN

STATE AID FOR GROWING SCHOOL DISTRICTS

NDSBA shall support legislation that modifies the Foundation Aid Program to allow the use of fall enrollment to provide adequate state support to districts with increasing enrollment.

STATE TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION

NDSBA believes the cost of maintaining, supporting, and enhancing this system should continue to be financed with state dollars and there should be no transfer of the cost associated with this network back to the local school districts.

BUSINESS MANAGER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

School boards support the Business Manager Certification Program by providing financial support through the use of school district funds to encourage business managers to participate in this voluntary professional development opportunity.  

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

NDSBA shall oppose legislation mandating school boards to collectively bargain with employees other than those currently required by 15.1-16-01: “…public school employee(s) licensed to teach by the ESPB or approved to teach by the ESPB and employed primarily as a classroom teacher.” 

POSTING OF BILLS IN AN ALTERNATE FORMAT

NDSBA shall support state law changes to allow school districts the flexibility to post their bills using an electronic format such as the district's website.

 

RESOLUTION READOPTED AS AMENDED

STATE FUNDING OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS

NDSBA supports the state ensuring program funding equity and full funding of special education costs to districts including gifted and talented education and to provide a permanent mechanism for the distribution of any surplus special education dollars.

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

NDSBA shall work with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, and the North Dakota Congressional Delegation to encourage the USDA to amend their federal regulations related to the School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and "a la carte" food sales to allow for local control. 

 


 All Standing Resolutions are posted on this Website.