Newsblast - March 2019 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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2018/2019 Salary Survey

MPAAA is pleased to announce that the 2018/19 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 260 members from across the state who contributed to this survey. While this is down from last year's response rate, we still believe you will find that the information provided 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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MPAAA Strategic Plan Review

On April 11, 2019, the MPAAA Board of Directors will meet in East Lansing to review and revise the Association's strategic plan.  The Board would like to have any member who wishes to participate also come to the session. Your input is crucial in helping determine the Association's goals and plans for the coming several years.

The session is being held on April Thursday, 11th at the MHSAA building in East Lansing, starting at 10 AM. Lunch will be provided. 

If you would be interested in joining us or would like more information, please contact our Executive Director, Rob Dickinson, at (517) 853-1413, or [email protected]

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Monday Night Trivia at Spring Conference

Think you know more than Alex Trebek, Google or even your auditor? Prove it! Join us for a fun evening of BBQ, Beer, and Brain Busters on Monday night at the Monkey Fist Brewery. We will be hosting Trivia Night from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission to this event includes transportation to and from the event, heavy appetizers from the TC BBQ, two beers and a tour of the Monkey Fist Brewery (additional drinks available at cash bar) and the chance to win fabulous prizes in our trivia game. Study up, and we will see you there!

We are still working on details but hope to have the event cost roughly $35 per person.  As soon as all the details are in place, we'll let everyone know!

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Spring Conference 2019

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 6th - Wednesday, May 8th this year, and will once again be held at the Grand Traverse Resort.

Hotel:

Attendees are welcome to stay at Grand Traverse Resort at the MPAAA discounted rate of $134 per night for the hotel and Condos are also available please contact GTR for the rate. You can make reservations by calling (800) 968-7352 and use group code MPA0519.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sleep Inn – rates from $99/night – Call (231) 938-7000 and use group code 'MPAAA'. You do need to call the hotel directly to secure the discounted rate.

Registration:

Association members will pay $395 ($345 if they use the early bird option and register by March 31) and non-members will pay $550 ($500 if registered by 3/31). Membership is $85 for the year, through June 30. 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.

Outstanding Service Award

Each year, at the Spring Conference, we honor those of our colleagues who have provided exemplary service to their District and community.  To nominate a colleague for an Outstand Service Award, you can fill in THIS form.  Please be sure to complete the form by April 12 to have your nominee considered for this award. 

Conference Questions

To submit questions to the State experts who make up our State Agency Panel, or for any other session, please use THIS form. It gives our speakers an opportunity to research your questions before the conference and give the best possible answers.

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 [email protected]

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Future Conference Dates

One of the most frequent questions received at the MPAAA office are the dates for upcoming conferences. If you would like to put them in your calendar, here are the conferences dates for 2019/2020:

Fall LP - Bay City Doubletree Hotel, September 16 & 17, 2019

Fall UP - Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, September 23 & 24, 2019

Spring - Grand Traverse Resort, May 4-6, 2020

We will be holding training workshops during the summer of 2019 and will publish those sessions and dates as soon as they are known.

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