Attention! Due to an overwhelming response this year and in order to maintain
a quality experience for registered attendees,
registration for the conference is now closed. 


Exhibitors: Visit the Exhibitor Information page

SPONSORS - Thank you for your support!

About: The Education Summit & Expo is held in June every year and offers a wide array of educational programs on topics of interest to school business officials as well as a Trade Show that showcases the very best services and products available to school districts. The 3 ½ day event offers at least 18.5 hours of continuing education credit toward meeting state certification requirements for School District Business Leaders (SDBLs) and up to 16.5 hours of CPE credit for Certified Public Accountants.


An Invitation...

On behalf of the Board of Directors and  Executive Director Michael Borges, I would like to invite you to attend the 70th Education Summit & Expo in beautiful and historic Saratoga Springs. I want to extend a special thank you to Marian Chrisman and Steve Zautner, Co-Chairs of the Annual Conference and Education Summit Committee, as well as the staff for their outstanding efforts to create an enriching conference.
Each incoming president is tasked with choosing a conference theme. This year, I selected, The Dreams of Today are the Realities of Tomorrow. Imagine our Association and this conference- originally a dream for the founders of our Association, now a reality for so many school business professionals coming together for enrichment and networking still 70 years later.

As school leaders, our dreams for our districts and vision for what we want to ensure for students can shape the experience of many young lives. Our decisions and the counsel we provide are far reaching and impactful. Attending professional development workshops and conferences like the Education Summit are important. They give us the opportunity to network, discuss, and learn. They help us become better dreamers as I imagine was the vision of those who started this event so many years ago. 

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Please join us...

for NYSASBO's 70th annual conference in Saratoga Springs. The conference will be hosted at the Saratoga Springs City Center and Saratoga Hilton. Special events will be held at the The Lodge at the Saratoga Raceway and the Hall of Springs. The Education Summit and Expo will provide you with important continued professional development and will give you something significant to bring back to your District.  Please accept our invitation to join us June 3-7 in Saratoga Springs.

Visit our Discover Saratoga site for information on restaurants, parking, and activities to do in the area during your stay. 





Schedule: Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

Registration - NOW CLOSED!   Hotels   Special Events   Meals


Thanks to all of the generous sponsors for their support!


Special Events / Highlights

Sunday, June 3

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

New! Mock Interview Sessions

Are you applying for a job, but nervous about the interview? Or have you applied for a job, but didn’t get an offer? Join us for a session with experienced school administrators Dr. William D. Silky to improve your interview skills. Experts will discuss tips and strategies to help you feel more confident when walking into your next interview. They’ll conduct a mock interview and provide feedback that can help in your future job searches. Our presenters will also be available to review your resume so be sure to bring an updated copy with you.

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting of the members with Michael Borges, Executive Director and President Tony Sonnacchio. Light refreshments will be served. 

6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Sunday Evening Event {Derby Party} 

Kick off your Education Summit experience at The Lodge, part of the Saratoga Gaming & Raceway. This historic venue has true olde Saratoga charm and is the perfect setting for a night of mixing and mingling complete with a dance floor, caricature artists (back by popular demand), and derby-themed photo booth! Reception and Entertainment sponsored by Omni. Transportation will be provided.


Monday, June 4

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

New! Mock Interview Sessions

Are you applying for a job, but nervous about the interview? Or have you applied for a job, but didn’t get an offer? Join us for a session with experienced school administrator, Laurence T. Spring, Superintendent, Schenectady City SD, to improve your interview skills. Experts will discuss tips and strategies to help you feel more confident when walking into your next interview. They’ll conduct a mock interview and provide feedback that can help in your future job searches. Our presenters will also be available to review your resume so be sure to bring an updated copy with you. Mr. Spring will be joined by South Colonie superintendent Jon Buhner and Cobleskill-Richmondville superintendent Carl Mummenthey.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Keynote Luncheon: Leadership Redefined with Dave Weber

Leadership used to be defined by position or title, responsibility or authority. While these descriptions may have worked in the past, they are far too narrow for the challenges facing education today. The time has come for a new kind of leader…a leader without a title. Dave Weber shows that every individual, Superintendent to Secretary, can have a profound influence on the educational experience of a child.

Dave names 12 key principles in the form of words that all begin with ‘X’! For example: “Xtract a Dream, Xtend a Helping Hand, Xpose Yourself to Winners…” This fast, fun, and highly interactive session is sure to impact all of the participants both professionally and personally. Using humor, cartoons, and interactive activities everyone gains insight on: the power of goals, getting out of ruts, what needs to be purged, impact of role models, staying on course, givers versus takers, getting people on board, considering new options, and not letting others pull you down.

Participants will discover the secrets to inspire a team to make progress on purpose in achieving their goals, learn how to overcome opposition and the negative attitudes, examine expectations so communication has a positive impact on relationships, and, if needed, explore alternative actions to change a school culture.

Watch Dave's introductory video here!

Sponsored by Utica National Insurance Group.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Ribbon Cutting & Trade Show Opening Coffee and Dessert Social

Kick off the Expo with the Board of Directors as the President cuts the ribbon, officially opening the Exhibit Hall with coffee and dessert available.

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Trade Show Reception

We're extending booth hours for Monday and hosting a cocktail reception in the exhibit hall. Mix and mingle before hitting the town for your free night in Saratoga. All attendees welcome! More details to follow. Trade Show Reception co-sponsored by Sele-Dent Inc. and Baseline Health Management LLC!

6:45 PM

Open Night

Grab dinner at one of the great restaurants Saratoga has to offer. Visit the Discover Saratoga NYSASBO site for a list of restaurants, transtortation, parking, and activities in this great city. 


9:30 PM - 12:00 midnight

The “After Party” at the Parting Glass 

After dinner in Saratoga Springs, head to the Parting Glass for an night of fun with live music from the Audiostars. (This is not an official NYSASBO event). 

Sponsored by: Forecast5 Analytics, NYLAF, Nagle Athletic Surfaces, ENV Insurance Agency, TetraTech Architects and Engineers and Ashley McGraw Architects



Tuesday, June 5

11:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Awards Luncheon

Awards and scholarships will be presented at this lunch.

Nominate your peers who are making a difference! Applications/Nominations are due March 1. Don't wait. Send in yours today. For details, click here. The Association offers a number of Awards and Scholarships awarded annually at the Summit to recognize the achievements of members. 

Come and support the recipients of these awards as NYSASBO acknowledges their achievements. Sponsored by Pharmacy Benefit Dimensions LLC, an Independent Health Company.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Trade Show Closing and Coffee and Dessert Social

Following lunch on Tuesday, join your fellow conference attendees in the Exhibit Hall for a great networking opportunity with coffee and dessert. Sponsored by Capital One and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

6:30 PM - 10:30 PM


Inaugural Celebration Dinner

The final evening of the Summit features a reception and sit-down dinner held at the beautiful Hall of Springs. The induction of NYSASBO’s incoming Board of Directors will take place during this memorable event with live classical music softly playing throughout the reception and dinner. Dinner tickets, at a cost of $55 per person, must be purchased in advance to guarantee admittance (included in the registration packages). Event is semi-formal. Thank you to J.P. Morgan for their sponsorship of this evening's reception and entertainment. Transportation will be provided.


Conference Wide

Sunday - Wednesday

Rest and Recharge Room

Stop by this convenient charging station, where you can refresh yourself and your devices.  Sit and catch your breath while plugging in your phone or tablet or laptop (or all three!). NYSASBO set up the power center to better serve our busy members and business partners. 

Sponsored by Virco Inc. 


Preliminary Schedule

(schedule and sessions subject to change)


Click here to see the full schedule for Sunday.

11:00 AM - 5:30 PM


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Session 1A | Capital Projects II - Part A

Session 1B | Negotiation Preparation & Tools

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

NEW! Mock Interview Sessions with Dr. William Silky

Session 2A | Capital Projects II - Part B

Session 2B | Procurement Best Practices in Business Offices

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Annual Meeting

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Session 3A | Understanding Poverty

Session 3B | Facilities Planning Update

6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Evening Event at The Lodge at Saratoga Casino & Raceway



Click here to see the full schedule for Monday.

7:30 AM - 5:45 PM


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Session 4A | Budget Cost Savings & Data

Session 4B | Creating & Communicating your Reserve Fund Plan

Session 4C | I’m Spread So Thin You Can See Through Me! - Part 1

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Session 5A | How an Effective Working Relationship Between the School Business Official and Superintendent can yield tremendous results

Session 5B | OSC Audit Update

Session 5C | I’m Spread So Thin You Can See Through Me! - Part 2

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

NEW! Mock Interview Sessions with Laurence Spring

Session 6A | Classrooms of the Future - Are You Ready?

Session 6B | Single Audit Uniform Guidance Best Practices

Session 6C | SDBL Career Pathways

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Keynote Luncheon: Leadership Redefined

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Trade Show Opening / Ribbon Cutting

2:00 PM - 6:45 PM 

Trade Show Open

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Session 7A | Leadership, Communication, Ethics and Team Development

Session 7B | TRS / ERS

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Session 8A | Secrets to Supervising Technology Departments (for Non-Techies)

Session 8B | Economic Forecast

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Trade Show Reception


9:30 PM - 12:00 MIDNIGHT

The "After Party" at the Parting Glass




Click here to see the full schedule for Tuesday.

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


7:30 AM - 9:00 AM


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Session 9A | When to Use an Investigator in Workers Compensation and FMLA Fraud Matters

Session 9B | Food Service Practices... Is Your Program Operating in the Black?

9:00 AM - 2:45 PM

Trade Show Hours

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Session 10A | Cybersecurity 101

Session 10B | Crash Course in Consent Building: Managing Opposition to Important Initiatives

10:45 AM - 11:45 PM

Trade Show Break - Visit the Expo

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Awards Luncheon

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Trade Show "Coffee and Dessert Social"

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Session 11A | HR Leadership, Employee Management, & Civil Service Discipline

Session 11B | Risky Business – Student Travel and Risk Transfer

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Session 12A | School Facilities: Maximizing Student Learning in Ways You Never Imagined

Session 12B | Threat Assessment (Active Shooters)

6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Inaugural Celebration Dinner



Click here to see the full schedule for Wednesday.

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Session 13A | Health Insurance Panel: Balancing Costs and Benefits

Session 13B | Legal Update

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 14A | If you Brought a Mouse to School: School District Branding

Session 14B | Maximizing State Aid


Registration Information

Attention! Due to an overwhelming response this year and in order to maintain a quality experience for registerd attendees, registration for the conference is now closed. 

Member Packages

  Member Type Meals Cost
  Active/SBO Staff/Institutional All $460
  Student None $125
  Retired/Emeritus None $75 
  Honorary Life Member All $55
  Sunday Only Sun $175
  Monday Only Mon $255
  Tuesday Only Tues $285
  Wednesday Only Wed $175

Non-Member Packages

  Non-Member Full Package All $605
  Sunday Only Sun $245
  Monday Only Mon $355
  Tuesday Only Tues $385
  Wednesday Only Wed $245




Meals are included in most attendee packages - please see chart above.

Breakfasts - $25
Lunches - $37
Sunday Evening Event - $61
Tuesday Evening Event - $55

More details to come. 

Education Summit Scholarship Fund

In 2015, NYSASBO created the Education Summit Scholarship Fund to give new School Business Officials (or active/institutional/SBO staff members who have not attended the conference in the past three years or if their school district budget was defeated the previous year) the opportunity to attend the conference. The scholarship will cover the cost of registration and hotel.

The purpose of this Scholarship Fund is to address the main reason (budgetary constraints) that school business office staff cannot attend the Education Summit and Expo. Recipients will also be invited to attend the Past Presidents and Future Leaders Reception on Sunday at the conference to mix and mingle with other recipients, fund sponsors, and the association's leaders.

If you are interested in applying for the Education Summit Scholarship, please fill out the application form and tell us why you have not attended in the past and why you wish to attend this year.

Click here to apply. Application Deadline: April 20.

Thank you to the following companies for their generous support of the Education Summit Scholarship Fund: New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (7), Utica National Insurance Group (7), FINANCE MANAGER (2), OMNI (2), New York Liquid Asset Fund (2), NYBEST Agency (1), WinCap-Harris Computer Solutions (1).



Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations of conference registrations must be made in writing and received in the NYSASBO office by May 15 for a full refund minus a $50.00 administration fee. Cancellations received May 16 or after WILL NOT be refunded. Payment will be required on any outstanding invoices.


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