Meeting Information


2018 MPAAA Spring Conference

May 07, 2018 8:30 AM to May 09, 2018 12:00 PM 
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Grand Traverse Resort
100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Blvd
Williamsburg, MI 49690

Description & Overview

MPAAA is proud to open registration for our 2018 Spring Conference, being held May 7-9 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City.

The Conference schedule has something to offer everyone working in Michigan's public education system! We have sessions designed for those new to the world of pupil accounting and data management as well as sessions for veterans. Once again, we have invited student information system vendors as well as school supplies vendors and a few specialty vendors. This quote from a previous conference attendee says it all, "As always, the conference was very well planned and the speakers very well prepared." We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference!

The educational system in Michigan is changing at an astounding pace. In the coming school year, we will see changes in throughout our systems. From Section 25e (aka, "the money following the student”) to the addition of more cyber schools and virtual offerings, we are seeing, firsthand how different our workplace has come to look. MPAAA seeks to continue its effort to be your primary ‘go-to’ resource regarding school funding and the legislation about school operations and funding.

Our conferences are designed to assist anyone working with student data, school funding, enrollment and membership requirements, and auditing. The one thing we can assure you, this conference is not to be missed!



Various speakers from around the state (including CEPI, MDE, etc.) and local school districts will be in attendance, as well as national experts. Of particular note are Ross Lemke, a data specialist with the United States Education Department, who will be holding several sessions on data security and privacy, and FBI Special Agent Jeremy Ashcroft who will speak on human trafficking. The full range of scheduled speakers can be found on the posted agenda available below.


Hotel Information:

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

In addition, we've blocked rooms at two other nearby hotels.

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.

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.


General Information

The conference includes Breakfast and Lunch on Monday and Tuesday and Breakfast on Wednesday. Session and other presenter materials will be posted on the MPAAA website in advance of the conference, and an attendee email will be sent to notify you when the information is posted. Attendees are welcome to print the materials ahead of time for the sessions which you plan to attend. Please visit and click on the conference center link for conference links and details. Also, please see the MPAAA website to submit questions to session presenters in advance. Submitting questions in advance will help our presenter’s research your specific question before the conference.  

The cost of the conference is the same as the last few years.  Members pay $375, and non-members pay $445.  Anyone who registers by March 31st will receive a $50 early-bird discount!  We are no longer accepting purchase orders, so a credit card WILL be needed to register online.  To pay by check, please complete the paper registration form below, and return it to MPAAA with your payment. On-site walk-ins incur an additional $25 fee to attend.


Cancellation Policy & Contact Information

Members and guests will be accessed a cancellation fee of $100 for event registrations canceled on or before April 9, 2018. There will be no refunds for cancellations occurring after April 9th.

Please contact our Executive Director to request cancellation of a workshop or conference which you are registered or for any other event / MPAAA related question.

*NO REFUNDS* will be granted if cancellation is after April 9, 2018.


NOTE:  Because there are so many new sessions, you might want to print off the agenda with the descriptions BEFORE you register, so you can choose the sessions you wish to attend.  You can download the document by clicking HERE.


$375.00 Member Registration
$325.00 Earlybird rate before March 31

$445.00 Non-Member Registration
$395.00 Earlybird rate before March 31


Registration Form

2018 Spring Conference Agenda

17/18 MPAAA Membership Form