Sept. 8, 2005
Morningside College and Western Hills Area Education Agency (AEA) will host the Tri-State Administrator’s Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Morning sessions will be held at the AEA offices located at 1520 Morningside Avenue. A luncheon and afternoon panel discussion will be held at the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue. The conference is open to school administrators from Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
Bruce Hopkins, administrator of Western Hills AEA, will welcome participants. Keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be Stephen Kline, president of Leslie Kline Lukas and Associates, a public relations counseling firm in Omaha, Neb. Kline will present the topic “Marketing and Public Relations: Will You Pass or Fail?”
Participants will have the opportunity to attend three of six different small group sessions. The sessions include “Developing a Marketing Plan” with Kline; “Evaluating Veteran Teachers” with Linda Waugh, director of elementary education for the Sioux City Community School District (SCCSD), and Dr. Rita Vannatta, principal of Bryant Elementary School in Sioux City; “Restructuring High Schools” with Marsha Kucker, South Dakota state coordinator for High Schools That Work (HSTW), and Steve Weisman, school improvement consultant with HSTW; “Developing a School Foundation” with Joan Lukas of Leslie Kline Lukas and Associates; “Facilities: New and Retrofitted” with Ken Wictor and Dr. Vicki Rueckert of Newmann Monson Wictor Architects in Sioux City; and “School Finance Litigation” with Dave Pedersen, attorney in the law firm Baird Holm in Omaha, Neb.
The afternoon panel discussion will be led by Troyce Fisher, executive director with School Administrators of Iowa; Jerry Sellentin, executive director for the Nebraska Council of School Administrators; and Christie Johnson, executive director with School Administrators of South Dakota.
The conference is being sponsored by Morningside College and Western Hills AEA. Cost for the conference is $40 and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Registrations are being accepted until Sept. 20. For more information or to register for the conference, contact Nancy Mounts, director of the Northwest Iowa Center for Teaching and Learning at Morningside College, at (712) 274-5139, or e-mail Mounts.