2023 GSBA Finance Workshop - Macon, GA
Start Date 10/03/2023 08:00 AM
End Date 10/03/2023 04:00 PM
Address Bibb County Schools Professional Learning Center. 2007 Riverside Drive. Macon, GA 31204
Registration is closed for the event.

GSBA Finance Workshop

Tuesday, October 3, 2023


In-Person only


Large increases in state health benefits premiums, the looming impact of a funding cliff from terminating ESSER funds, and the political predicament resulting from the public’s perception of school district budget surpluses - all offer new and different funding decisions for School Governance Teams. Join us as we provide financial updates from the Georgia Department of Education, an explanation of how school funding works from a former school board member and superintendent, and a panel discussion on budgets, tax hearings, and competing with surrounding counties for talent. Although normally held as a part of the GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference, a stand-alone, more centrally located workshop should allow more access to one of our highest-rated workshops. Join former superintendent Dr. Steve Smith, former board member Marc Wisniewski, and Georgia DOE Director of Financial Review Amy Rowell for an engaging, relevant, and useful exploration of one of the most important roles of school district governance teams.


This training will take place in person only in Macon, Georgia. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:00am and the program begins at 8:30am. Lunch will also be provided. The training concludes at 3:30pm.


Board members who attend will receive 6 hours of training credit. It is also open to superintendents and district staff to attend.



The cost to attend this workshop is $300. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to Leigh Crow, lcrow@gsba.com no later than 5 business days (Tuesday, September 26) before the event and will assess a $70 fee per individual. No refunds will be provided after this date.




The Safety Workshop will be held at the Bibb County Schools Professional Learning Center, 2007 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA 31204When you pull into the parking lot, the building will be on your right.




Rooms are blocked at the following hotel. Please utilize the reservation link below or call the hotel direct and indicate you are part of the Georgia School Boards Association. 


Hotel Name: Homewood Suites by Hilton - Macon North

Hotel Address: 1514 Bass Road, Macon, GA 31210

Hotel Phone Number: 478.477.9776

Group Name: Georgia School Boards Association Finance Workshop. When making reservations please provide them with this code: 904

Check-in: Monday, October 2, 2023      

Check-out: Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Reservation Link: https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/mcnhwhw-904-1517c1c7-7f6b-43a1-8e69-bc3832154084/

Cutoff Date for Reservations: September 18, 2023




Workshop Agenda

Agenda is Subject to Change



8:00 AM


Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:30 AM


Welcome & Introductions

Valarie Wilson, Executive Director, GSBA

Dr. Sam King, Director of Board Development & Superintendent Searches, GSBA


Today's Facilitators:

Dr. Steve Smith, Executive Director, Heart of Georgia RESA

Marc Wisniewski, Former Board of Education Member


8:45 AM


Updates from the Georgia Department of Education

Amy Rowell, Director, Financial Review & Grants Accounting, GADOE


10:00 AM




10:15 AM


The Budget Calendar


10:30 AM


The Upcoming Funding Cliff with ESSER Funds Spent Out


10:45 AM


The Large Surpluses Most Districts Have & the Political Ramifications


11:00 AM


The Impact State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) Premium Increases Will Have on Surpluses


11:15 AM


Local, State & Federal Funding Part 1


12:00 PM




1:00 PM


Local, State & Federal Funding Part 2


2:00 PM




2:15 PM


Educating the Public about Tax Increases, Rollbacks & Minimum Required Millage Rates for Equalization


2:30 PM


Panel Discussion

Pam Brown, Chair, Rockdale County Schools

Kyla Cromer, Chair, Cherokee County Schools

Brian Hubbard, Board Member, Pike County Schools

Joy Hurst, Board Member, Pelham City Schools

Eaddy Sams, Chair, Glynn County Schools


3:30 PM


Wrap-Up & Evaluations

2023 Finance Workshop Agenda