News & Press: IASBO News


Thursday, February 6, 2020  


IASBO will be sponsoring a Purchasing Seminar on March 18 at the Primo Banquet & Conference Center in Indianapolis.  The registration information can be found on the IASBO website.

The agenda for March 18 is as follows:

8:30 a.m.  Registration 

9:00 a.m.  Legal Compliance of Purchasing
• The legal requirements regarding how and when to use formal bids, RFP’s, RFQ’s, and other methods in purchasing goods and services. 
                   Randy Hesser, Partner, Warrick & Boyn, LLP  

• The legal, insurance, and ethical aspects of procurement, including best practices, board guidelines, and rules for conflict of interest, gifts, ethics, and other guidelines. 
                 Jon Becker, Partner, Church Church Hittle + Antrim 

• Q & A  
                 Michelle Cronk, Director of Business, Kokomo School Corporation 
                Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director of Business Services, Penn-Harris-Madison

10:45 a.m.  Break 

11:00 a.m.  Procurement Card: Reconciling the pCard to increase efficiencies 
         • pCard 101: quick refresher 
         • Reconcilement with Accounting Software  
         • Reconcilement without Software 
         • Q & A / Audience Discussion         
          Katie Aeschliman, Vice President, BMO Harris Bank 
          Glenda Nice, Corporation Treasurer, North Montgomery Comm. School Corporation 
          Brian Tomamichel, Chief Financial Officer, Westfield Washington Schools 

12:00 p.m.  Lunch 

1:00 p.m. Cooperative Purchasing:  Best Practices for Day-to-Day Purchasing & School Nutrition  
            • How and when to utilize cooperative purchasing  
            • Legal compliance using cooperative agreements  
            • Best practices using cooperative agreements in day-to-day purchasing and school
            Lisa Abell, Director Cooperative Purchasing, Northern Indiana Educational Services
            Tammy Watkins, Wellness & Nutrition Manager, Duneland Schools   
            Jessica Wileman, Accounting Specialist, Goshen Community Schools 
            Betsey Willard, Child Nutrition Director, Franklin Township Schools  
            Kevin Crampton, Vice President of Business Development & Contracting, HPS  
3:00 p.m.    Adjourn 

Every Hoosier Child Counts! The Importance of the 2020 Census

On April 1, 2020, the nation will recognize Census Day to celebrate the start of the new decennial census—a count of the total residing population of the U.S. as of that date. The U.S. Constitution requires that the federal government count all persons living in the country every 10 years, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or citizenship status. The 2020 Census survey can be completed online, as well as by phone or by mail. Residents should expect to receive information on how to complete the survey in March of 2020. The survey is easy to complete and every response is confidential.

Why is this important to Indiana residents and the K-12 community? 
The Census helps to determine a lot of important decisions about budget allocations and the allotment of political representation.  Information collected from the Census will determine the number of congressional seats assigned to each state. The survey information will also be used for redistricting congressional and state legislative districts. The count is used by the federal government to determine the use of approximately $883 billion in federal funds, with $160 billion set aside for programs that support children. This year Indiana will receive about $18 billion in federal funding, with approximately $1 billion for K-12 programs. It is estimated that for every child missed in the count, Indiana will lose about $926 per year which is nearly $10,000 in federal funds over the next decade. It is important that all persons residing in the state are counted to ensure we maintain our congressional seats and receive our fair share of federal funds. Completing the Census helps your community receive important funding to address local community needs.

Unfortunately, children from birth to age 4 and those ages 5-9 are the two age groups most likely to be undercounted in the Census, as was the case in 2010. Additionally, Black and Latino young children have a higher net undercount than other children. We must make sure that every Hoosier child counts in the 2020 Census!  An accurate count of young children in the 2020 Census is essential to provide every child and family access to resources such as housing, jobs, equitable education, and health care. Families can help make sure that #EveryHoosierChildCounts by counting each child where they sleep most of the time as of April 1, 2020.

What can we do? 
The Every Hoosier Child Counts! Complete Count Committee has been formed to include representatives from 26 state agencies, and statewide organizations and associations, including IASBO, to develop an action plan, PR campaign toolkit, and resources you can use to share the importance of the Census locally.  The key messaging, social media messaging, and the strategies/activities are designed for your use to inform and motivate community members to participate in the 2020 Census. As a school business official you are a highly-trusted source of information in your community, and so we ask that you use the tools and resources of the PR toolkit to promote participation in the 2020 Census, especially in areas that have been designated as “hard-to-count.” 

This PR toolkit was created to assist you in communicating with families, students, employees, and community members, now through April, regarding the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. The toolkit can be found on the IASBO website. Together we can ensure that every Hoosier child counts!