30th Annual School Client Conference
Friday, January 16, 2015
Millennium Hotel Buffalo
2040 Walden Avenue
Cheektowaga, New York
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.
This seminar is complimentary and exclusive to clients and friends of Hodgson Russ. Please register early. Space is limited.
Who should attend: board members, superintendents, business officials, and school administrators
Introduction/Overview, Jeffrey Swiatek: 9 - 9:15 a.m.
Session 1 (choose one program) 9:20 – 10:10 a.m.
1A “Policies” for Boards to Think About or Revisit
Karl Kristoff and Melanie Beardsley
1B Student Speech in the Digital Age
Elizabeth Carlson and John Christopher
1C Everything You Need to Know About Impartial Due Process Hearings
Break: 10:10 – 10:25 a.m.
Session 2 (choose one program) 10:25 – 11:15 a.m.
2A Press and Media in Times of Trouble
John Christopher and Jeffrey Swiatek
2B The Newest From the Office of Civil Rights
Andrew Freedman and Emina Poricanin
2C When Johnny Won’t Come to School: The Provision of Special Education Services to Homebound Students
Session 3 (choose one program) 11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
3A How Board Meetings Can Be Made Better
Karl Kristoff and Jeffrey Swiatek
3B Answers to the Most Common Questions Under FERPA and FOIL
Ryan Everhart and Jeffrey Same
3C Private Evaluations and IEEs: How to Handle Them in the CSE Process
Lunch: 12:10 – 1:20 p.m.
Session 4 (choose one program) 1:20 – 2:10 p.m.
4A Negotiations and Budgeting Roundtable
Elizabeth Carlson, John Christopher, Karl Kristoff, and Jeffrey Swiatek
4B The ABC’s of Student Discipline & Manifestation Determinations
Andrew Freedman and Jaclyn Hamlin
4C OCR Guidance
Session 5 (choose one program) 2:15 – 3:05 p.m.
5A Effective Employee Evaluation and Discipline
Elizabeth Carlson and Emina Poricanin
5B Capital Projects/Financings: Your Issues for 2015
John Alessi, Emily Dinsmore, Jeffrey Stone, and Marla Waiss
5C Special Education Question and Answer Session
Cocktail Reception: 3:10 – 4 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Pfeffer.