Newsblast - August 2018 Print

Fall Conference Registration now open!

Registration is now open for MPAAA's fall conferences for 2018.  Our Lower Peninsula conference is September 17th and 18th at the DoubleTree Riverside Hotel in Bay City, and the Upper Peninsula conference (yes, it's back!) is at the Mission Point Resort on Mackinaw Island on September 24th and 25th.

In 2016, we changed our fall conference to a lower-peninsula-only format, partially to offer certification courses that had previously been available only at MSBO conferences. We are proud to announce that we have been able to renew that partnership with MSBO, and Effective Communications, Team Leadership, and Principles of Education are being offered at BOTH conferences this fall. 

The Bay City conference is two full days, and the Island conference is 1&1/2 days. This is intended to keep staff away from your office for the shortest time possible at this critical time of year, and still have as much content as possible available for our upper peninsula members, while keeping their transportation needs in mind.

Attendees at the Mission Point conference have mentioned in the past that the conference is difficult to attend because of having so many separate fares and fees to pay. To make attending this conference as easy as possible, we include a roundtrip Shepler's Ferry ticket, as well as the luggage transfer fees, and a taxi ride from the island dock out to the resort, in the registration fee.  Attendees can also purchase additional ferry packages at the same discounted rate for any family or guests who may be accompanying them.

For attendees in Bay City, we've arranged an optional evening boat tour out to Saginaw Bay, and we're working on an evening event for those attending the conference on Mackinaw Island. We appreciate how hard it is to get away and want to make the conference not only informative but fun as well.

For more information on the Bay City conference, please click HERE.

For information on the optional evening boat tour in Bay City on Monday evening during the conference, please click HERE.

If more information on the Mission Point conference, please click HERE.

For additional ferry tickets for the Mission Point conference, please click HERE.

We hope you will consider joining us at one of our fall conferences!

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Evening Boat tour for Bay City conference Attendees

Come and spend an evening on the water during the fall conference!

This optional event is scheduled for Monday, September 17th, during the fall conference in Bay City. Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:30 to depart from the dock in front of the hotel at 7:00 and spend 2 hours aboard the Princess Wenonah as it travels up to Saginaw Bay and back. Your $35 ticket buys you your passage, complimentary snacks while aboard, as well as 2 drink tickets at the onboard bar. Princess Wenonah will return to the hotel dock at 9 PM.

Tickets are available for attendees as well as their guests and family. There is a limit of 100 tickets available, so order yours soon!

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MDE Waivers now available online!

The State Aid and School Finance office at MDE has asked MPAAA to share the following information:

We have transitioned all of our waiver applications to online forms. The forms can all be found on a common waiver page, available by clicking HERE.

Be aware that we are also transitioning to an electronic response system. The response includes a summary of the request and the Department’s determination (approved, denied, etc.) in an email along with a linked letter. Together, these serve as the official response from the Department.


The Department has transitioned to accepting applications for waivers through online forms only. These online forms must be used to ensure that the request is received and can be considered for approval. Paper requests will no longer be accepted. Please share this information with appropriate staff in your district:

  • Common Calendar Waiver – Used to deviate from the spring/winter break provided in the ISD’s common calendar.
  • Labor Day Waiver – Allows a district to provide instruction prior to Labor Day.
  • Alternative Count Day Waiver – Allows a district to have an alternate count date.
  • Schools of Choice Waiver – Allows a district to extend the application/enrollment windows for schools of choice.

Questions related to the above waivers should be directed to Brian Ciloski, State Aid and School Finance, 517-241-2209, or

  • Additional Forgiven Days Waiver – Allows a district to request up to three additional days of forgiven time.
  • Travel Time Waiver – Allows a district to count additional travel time for certain programs.

Questions related to the above waivers should be directed to Jessica Beagle, State Aid and School Finance, 517-241-6435, or

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Summer 2018 Pupil Accounting Bootcamps

Our 3-day Bootcamp, which has been so well-received by those who have taken it in the past, is being offered twice this summer.  These workshops are designed for those in their first year or two of pupil accounting and are geared to get someone new to the field up and running in time for the fall collection season.

Attendees who complete the Bootcamp will have 5 of the required courses for the Pupil Accounting Specialist completed and have a great start on their MSBO certification. Each attendee will receive full printouts of all presentations as well as additional references and documentation in a handy reference binder.

The August session (which is the same as the July session) is being held at the Michigan High School Athletic Association offices in East Lansing Monday to Wednesday, August 13th to 15th. For more information on the August session, you can click HERE.

For either session, attendance is limited, so please register soon.

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Mentor program back in effect for 18/19

On August 1, 2018, a survey invitation was sent to all MPAAA members to ask if they wished to participate in the 2018/19 mentor program. We're looking for those new to the job that are looking for a source of information as they learn the details of pupil accounting, as well as those willing to be that source.

If you would like to have a mentor assigned to you, or you are willing to BE a mentor for someone, please complete the survey by clicking the link in the email you should have received.  Keep in mind that the program is only open to CURRENT MPAAA members, and the system will ask you to renew your membership, if you haven't already done so, before you'll be able to complete the survey.

If you don't have the survey email in your inbox, please check your spam folders and contact your email administrator to make sure you are getting our emails.  If you still can't find the email, please contact our Executive Director, Rob Dickinson, for assistance.

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NEW Auditor's Bootcamp

MPAAA is proud to offer registration for our newest training workshop! Auditor's Bootcamp is a 3-day session geared along the same lines as the Pupil Accounting Bootcamp; an intensive course for those new to the field that will cover the basics of the position as auditors prepare for the fall audit cycle. The ideal audience for this camp is someone in their first 1-2 years as an Auditor.

Those who attend will receive credit for five certification courses along the Pupil Accounting Auditor's certification track.  The class is being held at the MASB offices in Lansing, on Monday to Wednesday, August 19th to 22nd. The cost is $395 for MPAAA members and $495 for non-members. For more information on the class, or to register, please click HERE.

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Membership renewal

MPAAA's membership renewal is now open for the 2018/19 year. The rate for 18/19 is $85 and can be paid online by clicking HERE, or you can complete THIS form and send it in with a check. Keep in mind that you'll need to renew your membership before you can register for a summer or fall event at the member's rate.

Hopefully, you've found your current membership in MPAAA to be beneficial. Please consider maintaining access to our newsletters, updates, and training sessions by renewing your membership. All 17/18 memberships expired on June 30, and any renewals done now will last until June 30, 2019.

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