Call for Spring Conference Presentation Proposals
Deadline to submit: November 15, 2019
Conference will be held March 25-27, 2020, at the Lodge of Four Seasons
MASA and MOSPRA Members,
The Program Committee for the 2020 MASA/MOSPRA Spring Conference is calling for presentation proposals. We believe that one of the strengths of the conference is the outstanding breakout sessions provided by our own members as well as other supporters of MASA and MOSPRA.
Deadline for proposals: Friday, November 15, 4:00 p.m.
SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL
MASA and MOSPRA do not accept proposals by vendors; however, should a MASA or MOSPRA member wish to involve a vendor in a presentation, this is acceptable. Please check with MASA or MOSPRA in advance.
You will be informed of the status of your proposal (selected/not selected) by December 6, 2019.
Please share this with others on your administrative staff as well as specialists/experts in areas that support the work of MASA and MOSPRA!
If you have questions, please contact MASA (573) 638-4825 or email email@example.com.
Sample topics (but we encourage proposals that are innovative and/or best practices):
ESSA and MSIP 6
Annual Progress Report
School and student safety
Mental health / Trauma informed
School Communications including marketing/branding, internal communications, social media, crisis communications (multiple angles)
Section 504, Special Education, Title Funding, etc.
Engaging diverse populations
Innovative teaching tools and strategies
Leadership and leadership development
We look forward to your session proposal. We’ll see you at the Spring Conference!
MASA & MOSPRA Program Committees
September 28, 2019
The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) has announced the selection of Dr. Scott Spurgeon, Superintendent of Riverview Gardens School District, 2020 Superintendent of the Year, during the MSBA/MASA Annual Fall Conference held September 28, at Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri.
MASA Executive Director, Doug Hayter, stated, "Dr. Spurgeon has been a strong leader throughout his career, but his work with the Riverview Gardens School District has been exceptional. His passion for helping all students find academic and personal success, and his drive to help his district rise up to meet the unique needs of its community is what sets him apart.”
Dr. Spurgeon is in his seventh year as Superintendent of the Riverview Gardens School District in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to arriving in the Riverview Gardens School District, Dr. Spurgeon served as superintendent of Belleville Township High School District #201 (Illinois); assistant superintendent in the Rockwood School District; assistant superintendent in the Northwest R-1 Schools District; and middle school principal in the Joplin R-VIII School District.
Previous to Dr. Spurgeon’s arrival to the Riverview Gardens School District in 2013, the district had experienced significant decline in student performance. The district fell to provisionally accredited in 2003, and then was fully stripped of accreditation in 2007. Performance continued to decline and in 2010 the elected board was replaced with a three-member, state-appointed board. When Dr. Spurgeon was hired in 2013, the Riverview Gardens School District was the second-lowest performing district in the state. Further challenges faced the district including a ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court which allowed students to transfer from unaccredited schools to accredited schools in any adjacent county; the Ferguson unrest in 2014; and the loss of more than $92 million in assessed valuation in the district over a 10-year period.
Beginning in 2013, the district began its turnaround. Student mobility rates dropped, assessed valuation began to improve, and the student transfers shifted from a high of 1,400 scholars in 2013 to only 20 in 2019. The district regained provisional accreditation based on improved district report card results and has continued to see improvement, scoring in the fully accredited range on the report card for the past four consecutive years.
One of Dr. Spurgeon’s mantras at Riverview Gardens School District is Literacy is our Leverage. A major focus in the district is to help all students read at a high level. Students at the K-5 level are required to set and monitor their monthly and yearly reading goals. Students district-wide are asked to read a minimum of 20-30 minutes each night. School libraries have changed the way they handle book loaning, and subsequently, library circulation has jumped from 87,000 books in 2013 to 268,000 in 2019.
Dr. Spurgeon said, “The key to any success starts with changing habits and culture.” The Riverview Gardens School District has done that through its multi-faceted reading program.
With Dr. Spurgeon’s leadership, the district has placed emphasis on both communications and community engagement. Clearly articulated procedures are in place for district-staff and district-community interactions. A Community Advisory Council (CAC) is in place that brings key district personnel together with leaders from the community’s businesses, clergy and parents. These CAC meetings have allowed the district to learn and improve based on vital feedback, and created a greater sense of ownership for those who wish to see the district excel.
The ties that Dr. Spurgeon and Riverview Gardens School District have built with the community during his tenure have made it possible for the district to weather many challenging matters. Two groups that Dr. Spurgeon and the district have worked closely with are the Regional Business Council (RBC) and Civic Progress. Both organizations are vested in Riverview Gardens School District as well as other schools in the St. Louis area. After the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent unrest, the community organizations provided financial assistance to help with safety, security and transportation. Later, these and other groups rallied to help the district pass an $11.7 million bond in 2018 with a supportive vote of 79.6% -- the most successful bond issue in the district’s history.
Dr. Spurgeon will be recognized during the American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education in Los Angeles in February 2020 for his state selection.
The Missouri Association of School Administrators is the statewide association of public school superintendents and central office administrators. MASA develops and supports effective public school leaders who positively impact the lives of Missouri students.
Managing the school’s process of student discipline requires a comprehensive understanding of how student misconduct should be addressed at all levels. School administrators at the central office and building level need to have a strong understanding of the essentials of student disciplinary procedures. This program will provide an overview of student discipline at all levels and drill down to the practical aspects of student discipline for all school leaders.
Presenter: Duane Martin, EdCounsel, LLC
Dates and Locations (please mark the date/location you will be attending):
MASA and MOASBO are pleased to sponsor a series of workshops to provide school finance training for school administrators and others responsible for district finances. The workshops are designed primarily for individuals who are newly employed in their roles; however, veterans may also find the review and information valuable. The Setting the Tax Rate Seminar will be at the Tan-Tar-A Resort (Osage Beach) at the conclusion of the DESE Conference. (You do not have to be registered for the DESE conference to register for this workshop.) All other sessions will be at the MASA conference center in Jefferson City. Each workshop will begin at 11:30 am and will conclude by 3:00 pm. The registration fee is $60 per person for each session or all three sessions for $150. The registration fee includes all workshop handouts and lunch sponsored by OPAA! Food Management and American Fidelity Assurance. The workshops will be available live on the Internet and are free for all of those subscribed to the MASA Online Video Library. For more information on any of these workshops, please contact: Ann Ainsworth, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 573-638-4825. A complete registration form and other information appear on the back of this form.
Setting The Tax Rate
July 30, 2019 (Immediately following DESE Conference)
This workshop will focus on the process of setting the tax rate for a school district. Jason Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer for the Jefferson City School District, and Kari Monsees, Superintendent for the Raymore-Peculiar R-II School District, will walk participants through the process of completing the State Auditor forms. They will discuss how to plan, advertise and conduct a tax rate hearing. Presenters will suggest documents to provide at the hearing.
Evaluating The Budget
October 9, 2019 or October 10, 2019
This workshop will assist school administrators in identifying areas of budget concern and will provide an opportunity for general discussion about budgeting and other school finance topics. Jason Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer for the Jefferson City School District, Kari Monsees, Superintendent for Raymore-Peculiar School District, as well as DESE representatives, will lead the session. The session will also include a discussion of current and future formula funding issues as well as advice on how to identify potential problems in a district budget.
2020-21 Budget Development
March 11, 2020 or March 12, 2020
This workshop will provide assistance to school administrators as they begin the process of developing a budget for 2020-21 Jason Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer for the Jefferson City School District, a MASA member representative, as well as DESE representatives will lead the session. The focus of the session will be on identifying key areas of concern, estimating revenues and expenses, and a general discussion of budgeting basics. The Governor’s budget recommendations for education will be reviewed.