Newsblast - March 2018 Print

Spring Conference Early Bird Registration is now open!

Registration for the Spring Conference is now open!  You can get details, and see the agenda in the full article below, but for those who already know they wish to attend, the Early Bird registration window (which gives you a $50 discount on your registration fee) will be open through the end of the day on March 31.

To register for the Spring Conference with a credit card, click HERE.

To download a registration form that will let you pay by check (we need to receive the payment by 3/31 to give you the discounted rate), click HERE.

Thanks, and we'll see you up at Grand Traverse!

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Section 25e Resubmission Window

CEPI recently published the reminder below on the resubmission window for section 25e claims:

MSDS Section 25e Resubmission Window

The deadline for districts to submit Section 25e pupil transfer requests was the Spring Supplemental Count Day (Feb. 14).

Through Thursday, March 15, districts may resubmit Section 25e requests that meet all the following criteria:

  1. The request was previously denied by the Intermediate School District (ISD) auditor.
  2. The ISD auditor asked the district to resubmit the request with corrected information.
  3. The initial request was submitted on or before Feb. 13.
  4. The “As Of Date”, "Enrollment Date" and “First Day in Attendance” are prior to Feb. 14.

Please contact CEPI's helpdesk (517) 355-0505 x3 with any questions.

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2018 MPAAA Truancy Workshop

MPAAA will host its 2018 Attendance and Truancy Workshop on Friday, March 23rd at Lansing Community College's West Campus in Lansing MI. The Workshop is intended for School, ISD and county court staff and officials with an interest in Attendance and Truancy programs and regulations. This one-day workshop will run from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Our Keynote speaker for 2018 is Special Agent Jeremy Ashcroft with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Special Agent Ashcroft will be speaking on Human trafficking case studies and warning signs in schools.

In addition, we'll have breakout sessions during the day with speakers from school districts, cyber schools, and county court systems as well as DHHS staff discussing their programs and offering best practices tips to attendees.

The final session of the day will be Truancy 101 with Carolyn Claerhout, J.D., with Oakland Schools. Carolyn will review the current compulsory attendance laws and discuss the recent changes to federally-defined chronic absenteeism. Carolyn will also update attendees on past and potential changes in truancy legislation.

The full agenda is available for download by clicking HERE.

Lansing Community College's West Campus is located at 5708 Cornerstone Drive, in Lansing. The Workshop will cost $139.00 for current MPAAA members. Non-members are welcome to attend for $180, and as an added incentive for non-members, anyone registering for the workshop as a non-member will receive member rights to Association communications and conference discounts for the balance of the 2017-18 year (through 6/30/18).

Lunch is provided, as well as morning and afternoon snacks. For more details, or to register for the Workshop, please visit the MPAAA website, or click HERE.

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Lunch during 1/2 days MAY be countable as instruction

MDE recently released information that will allow lunch to be counted as instructional time on 1/2 days under certain circumstances.  The text of the memo is below, and you can link to the original HERE.

The purpose of this memorandum is to address the need for students to have access to lunch on partial instructional days during the school year, and how congregate meal time during partial instructional days may be counted as instructional time under certain circumstances.

The United States Department of Agriculture requires the National School Lunch Program be a congregate meal service, which it defines as meals provided in a group setting. Based on this, districts may not send lunch home with students under this program. To ensure students receive a lunch on partial instructional days, the Department will allow scheduled instructional time to be counted on partial days even if students are served lunch during an instructional period.

As with all other countable instructional time, the student must be with a certified teacher and engaged in instruction for the time to count toward the instructional hour requirement. This change is effective for the 2017-18 school year when the aforementioned conditions are met.

Examples of eligible instructional time:
  • Lunch is served on a half-day in a classroom, to some or all students, while a certified teacher is providing instruction.
  • Lunch is served on a half-day during a homeroom period which is not more than 15 minutes in length.
  • A group of students did not receive a lunch period due to an educational activity, but were served lunch during the next instructional period.
Examples of ineligible instructional time:
  • Lunch served on a half-day in the cafeteria when no instruction occurred.
  • Lunch served during homeroom on a late-start day and no instructor was present.

The Department also recognizes the benefits of students having down-time during the instructional day, as well as the importance of having time to socialize while instruction is not occurring. With that in mind, this exception only applies to partial instructional days, or to special circumstances where students are unable to attend the scheduled lunch period. We hope this exception encourages districts to provide students with lunch during partial instructional days.

Questions related to this communication may be directed to Brian Ciloski, Office of State Aid and School Finance, at CiloskiB@michigan.gov, or Melanie Brummeler, Office of Health and Nutrition Services, at BrummelerM@michigan.gov.

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Spring Conference 2018

The MPAAA Spring Conference has become a top-rated conference in recent years, and the Association is pleased to continue to offer excellent conference topics again this year. The meeting will be held Monday, May 7th - Wednesday, May 9th this year, and will once again be held at the Grand Traverse Resort.

Hotel:

Attendees are welcome to stay at Grand Traverse and can make their reservations by calling (800) 968-7352 and using the group code MPA0518 to reserve their rooms at the discounted rate of $131 per night for the hotel, and $161 for rooms in the Tower. Condos are also available, for the discounted rate of $161/night for a one-bedroom, and $201/night for a two-bedroom unit.

In addition, we've booked rooms at two other nearby hotels:

  1. Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Rates from $99/night - Call (231)938-2600 and use group code 'MPAAA'. You do need to call the hotel directly to secure the discounted rate.
  2. Cherry Tree Inn & Suites - rates from $109/night - Call (800)439-3093 and use group code 'MPAAA'.  You do need to call the hotel directly to secure the discounted rate.

Registration:

The cost of the conference will be the same as last year. Association members will pay $375 ($325 if they use the early bird option and register by March 31) and non-members will pay $495 ($445 if registered by 3/31). Membership also remains the same this year, at $60. Please make sure you renew your membership, if needed, BEFORE you try to register, so you get the members-only rate.

To register online with a credit card, click HERE.

To download a paper registration form that you can return to MPAAA with a check, please click HERE.

Agenda:

While we are still finalizing some details, you can see a draft agenda with session descriptions by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to contact MPAAA's Executive Director, Rob Dickinson, at (517) 853-1413, or at rob@mpaaa.org.

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2017/18 Salary Survey

MPAAA is pleased to announce that the 2017/18 Salary Survey of Pupil Accountants, Pupil Auditors, and Educational Data Specialists is compiled and available to MPAAA members on our website.

Thank you to the 308 members from across the state who contributed to this survey. This is an increased response rate from last year, and hopefully, you will find that the additional information is helpful in coming to understand how your salary and benefits compare to that of your colleagues in the State, and in your area.

To view this year's Survey, please click HERE. Note that you will need to be a current MPAAA member to see this document.

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