TASA/TASB Convention October Austin, Texas 2-4, 2015

Hurricane Harvey Sessions

As a result of Hurricane Harvey and the impact it has had on our members, we added sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday targeted to Harvey recovery and assistance.

Livestream viewing options

These sessions are all offered in Ballroom D1 Clear Fork and are also being livedstreamed for board members and staff who are unable to attend Convention.

Friday

TEA Hurricane Harvey Response

Time: 1 p.m.
Presenters: Leo Lopez, Chief School Finance Officer, Texas Education Agency

Hear from TEA staff on the latest updates related to Hurricane Harvey relief, including funding, waivers, and additional flexibilities for impacted districts. As the state of Texas continues to address major issues related to storm recovery, TEA is working to remain responsive to the needs of districts, campuses, and families. TEA staff will also be available to answer questions.

Expert Review on Recovery after Hurricane Harvey

Time: 2:15 p.m.
Presenters:

  • Joy Baskin, director of Legal Services, TASB
  • Amy Campbell, director, HR Services, TASB
  • Grady Slaydon, facility consultant, TASB
  • Andrea Sheehan, consultant, TASB
  • Troy Winslow, consultant, TASB

Recent natural disasters brought emergency preparedness to the forefront once again. TASB experts in legal issues, insurance claims, emergency purchasing, facility repair and reopening, and district staff concerns join frontline district leadership to share tips for reacting, recovering, and rebuilding after a natural disaster. Learn what to consider and how to get started after disaster hits your school district. Hear some of the issues TASB and hard-hit districts have been tackling since the storm clouds cleared.   

Saturday

FEMA: Navigating Federal Red Tape after Disaster Strikes

Time: 7:30 a.m.
Presenters:

  • Charles Mikeska, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, West ISD
  • JoAnna Macik, Accountant, West ISD
  • Shea Gutierrez, Accountant, West ISD

Learn from West ISD’s assistant superintendent how to access funding and resources after disaster strikes a school district. Charles Mikeska will share some of his and his West ISD team’s experiences and point you in the right direction for working with FEMA. Let their success help guide your current or future needs to marshal resources and get your students and staff back in the classroom as quickly as possible.

Responding to Harvey: Start Right to End Right 

Time: 8:45 a.m.
Presenters: Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)

In this session, presenters from the Association for Learning Environment’s (A4LE) volunteer group of professionals, who assisted school districts in Louisiana during the aftermath of Katrina and Rita, will share the many critical steps school districts must take to successfully recover in the aftermath of a hurricane like Harvey. The best practices they will discuss are based on their experiences in assisting school districts recover from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, and Isaac and the Great Floods of 2016 in Louisiana. Topics will include: procurement of services, documentation, facilities assessments, facility planning for recovery and resilience, and FEMA forms and paperwork. Attendees will leave the session better equipped to prepare for future disasters and, if dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, successfully navigate the long recovery ahead.

Storm Chasers Responders

Time: 1 p.m.
Presenters:

  • Greg Smith, Superintendent, Clear Creek ISD
  • Paul McLarty, Deputy Superintendent of Business & Support Services, Clear Creek ISD
  • Elaina Polsen, Executive Director of Communications, Clear Creek ISD
  • Rick Morris, Partner, Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.

At some point in time you will have or have already had a catastrophic event occur that has damaged your facilities and community and has disrupted school services. Clear Creek ISD representatives will walk you through a process using lessons learned from both Hurricane Ike (September 2008) and Hurricane Harvey (September 2017). Gain knowledge about important communication tools with staff and trustees, and learn how to best protect your district from opportunistic vendors.

Responding to Harvey: Start Right to End Right 

Time: 3 p.m.
Presenters: Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)

In this session, presenters from the Association for Learning Environment’s (A4LE) volunteer group of professionals, who assisted school districts in Louisiana during the aftermath of Katrina and Rita, will share the many critical steps school districts must take to successfully recover in the aftermath of a hurricane like Harvey. The best practices they will discuss are based on their experiences in assisting school districts recover from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, and Isaac and the Great Floods of 2016 in Louisiana. Topics will include: procurement of services, documentation, facilities assessments, facility planning for recovery and resilience, and FEMA forms and paperwork. Attendees will leave the session better equipped to prepare for future disasters and, if dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, successfully navigate the long recovery ahead.