Five of Pepple & Waggoner’s attorneys have been chosen to present on legal topics at the Ohio School Boards Association (“OSBA”) Capital Conference. The Conference, which will be held at the Columbus Convention Center, runs November 8 – 10, 2020, and will feature learning sessions focusing on public education in the State of Ohio. A preview of the topics to be covered by Pepple & Waggoner’s attorneys are highlighted below:
Brian DeSantis & Donna Andrew – “EdChoice 2.0” (11/9/20) 9:00-10:00
- After nearly a year of debate and several legislative amendments, the “new” EdChoice is here. Brian and Donna will be joined by Akron Public School District C.F.O Ryan Pendleton and Perrysburg Exempted Village School District Superintendent Thomas Hosler to explain EdChoice 2.0. Understand EdChoice’s history & recent changes, while (re)learning how EdChoice may impact your District’s funding, budget, enrollment, facilities, & long-term planning.
Donna Andrew – “Informed and Effective Employee Discipline” (11/9/20) 10:30-11:30
- Donna will be joined by Midview Local School District Superintendent Bruce Willingham to discuss how employee discipline can be very costly for a district if an administrator is not prepared or knowledgeable on documenting the specific issue and cause for discipline. Donna and Bruce will review a process that districts can adopt to help them prepare for and deal with disciplinary situations.
Dan Lautar – “Public Records in the Digital Age” (11/9/20) 1:00-2:00
- Dan will be accompanied by Attorney Bridget Coontz of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to address the challenges of complying with Ohio’s Sunshine Laws in the digital age. Dan and Bridget will analyze social media as public records, texts and e-mail chains as public meetings, the digital recording of meetings by the public, steps for retaining digital records, and recent case law on these subjects.
Kevin Locke – “Bargaining to a Successful Settlement” (11/10/20) 8:00-9:00
- Kevin will be sharing his insight from 30 years of experience in negotiating labor contracts on behalf of school boards. He will review the best methods for preparing to bargain, choosing an appropriate bargaining format, and selecting the right bargaining team, so that your district can reach a successful settlment.
Jacqueline Brickman – “Practical Advice for Avoiding IEP Issues” (11/10/20) 11:00-12:00
- Jacqueline will be joined by Cloverleaf Local School District Director of Special Services Nicole Stalter to discuss common missteps that may lead to special education disputes. Jacqueline will provide practical advice on addressing student behaviors, knowing when it is time to reconvene the IEP team and ensuring meaningful parental participation throughout the process.
Registration for Capital Conference begins in July. Please visit OSBA’s website for more information.