Sessions by Track


For a personalized experience, attendees may elect to attend sessions in any track. Tracks do not include general sessions or deep dives.

  • Repurposing and Aligning Learning Spaces with Mission, Pedagogy and Program

    Monday, 10:30 am - 11:45 am

    Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga recently completed a strategic plan. The subsequent master plan endeavored to celebrate and locate GPS's signature programs by thoroughly evaluating existing spaces and thoughtfully exploring optimal ways to locate and design the spaces in order to fully support how girls learn best. Employing a highly collaborative and engaging process, the team led a wide range of school constituents through discussion and activities that ultimately led to a multi-phase plan for the school. Creative repurposing of much of the existing spaces provide vibrant 21st-century learning environments within the existing 70-year-old footprint.

    Mark Vosskamp, Chief Financial Officer, Girls Preparatory School
    Peter Winebrenner, Principal, Hord Coplan Macht

  • Construction: Transforming Your Campus in Our Evolving World

    Monday, 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

    Schools undertake construction projects for a variety of reasons and many projects reconfigure spaces for new learning methods, use environmentally sustainable options, and improve overall campus life for students. This panel provides you with an overview of the financial, accounting, legal, operational and insurance issues to consider when building on your campus. The panel identifies points every school must consider before, during and after construction projects, and shares how transformations with technology, green construction, sustainable design and learning are integral to any construction project.

    Heather DeBlanc, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
    Jeff Owens, Audit Partner, Armanino LLP
    Matt Riddle, Facilities Manager, Marlborough School
    Trip Thomas, Area Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.
    Brent Wiblin, Managing Director, First Republic Bank

  • A Complete Campus Renewal in 10 Short Years

    Monday, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

    The extraordinary renewal of St. Timothy's School's building and grounds in the last 10 years has transformed the campus into a state-of-the-art learning environment supporting the school's mission of solid academic achievement, wellness, leadership, responsibility and citizenship. Learn how the close collaboration between the architect/owner/contractor resulted in outstanding new facilities while maintaining tight budgets and schedules for projects, including the academic building, fine arts/student center, dining building and dormitory. In addition, strategic fundraising with limiting donor fatigue and board buy-in will be discussed, as well as academic performance and admissions outcomes.

    Rich Connell, Principal, SLAM
    Irene Knott, Vice President, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

  • Total Cost of Ownership and Facilities Decision-Making

    Tuesday, 8:45 am - 10:00 am

    Total cost of ownership is the most advanced measurement of alternatives when making facilities reinvestment decisions. This session uses case studies and other examples to demonstrate how to do the necessary planning and implement strategies to reduce facility operating costs and see financial savings over the life of the asset.

    Kevin Folsom, Facilities Director, Trinity Christian Academy
    Bill Keslar, President, Building Solutions

  • Adding New Learning Space Without Bricks and Mortar

    Tuesday, 10:30 am - 11:45 am

    Imagine the ability to increase enrollment without drastically increasing your school's existing footprint. By understanding changing classroom pedagogy and creatively repurposing underused spaces across campus, a school can find ways to do just that without the capital cost of new construction. Brainstorm creative solutions to sample space utilization problems and learn how a space utilization study conducted at a pre-K – 12 school in North Haledon, New Jersey, revealed opportunities that may allow the school to increase enrollment, within its existing footprint, by as much as 400 students across three campuses.

    Theresa Duncan, Associate, The Stone House Group
    Thomas Dykhouse, Executive Director and Head of School, Eastern Christian School
    Lawrence Eighmy, Managing Principal, The Stone House Group

  • Bridging the Gap: Effective Partnerships Between Operations and the Business Office

    Tuesday, 10:30 am - 11:45 am

    Moderated by an expert in independent school business operations, join a panel of seasoned business officers who will share knowledge from diverse experience in complex facilities and operational issues. This session will offer examples of true partnership between operational departments (facilities, technology, safety and security) and the business office. Facilities professionals and business officers will learn best practices for involving each other in operational decisions with a proactive and strategic approach as well as how to speak "finance" or "operations" if you are a non-financial or non-operational leader at your school. Additionally, both business and facilities professionals should use data, KPIs and metrics for operational decision making, and panelists will share insights into doing this effectively.

    Jill Duncan, Chief Financial Officer, New Hampton School
    Chuck McCullagh, Chief Financial Officer, The Williston Northampton School
    Nick Mirisis, CEO, Independent Education Strategies, LLC
    Rose Neubert, Director of Finance and Operations, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
    Jerry Walker, Associate Head of School and Chief Financial Officer, Kent Denver School

  • A Collaborative Journey in Master Plan Implementation

    Wednesday, 8:45 am - 10:00 am

    Implementing a master plan from start to finish requires a great deal of clear communication and collaboration among all parties involved, including the school and its board, architects and contractors. Beyond these obvious players, the collaborative effort extends to students, parents and other school constituencies as well as the community surrounding the school. Join us for this case study where the assistant head of school for The Center for Early Education, senior project manager from MATT Construction and principal from Johnson Favaro Architects present a deep dive into a successful master plan implementation.

    Mark Brooks, Head of School, The Center for Early Education
    Jim Favaro, Principal, Johnson Favaro Architecture + Urban Design
    Erika Johnson, Assistant Head of School, The Center for Early Education
    Jason Mosier, Senior Project Manager, MATT Construction

  • An Inclusive, Authentic and Comprehensive Approach to Library Design

    Wednesday, 10:30 am - 11:45 am
    15-min Goldmine

    Following the Lycée Français de New York's adoption of digital, social-emotional and project-based learning, the school's 18-year old libraries seemed outdated. In order to imagine the possibilities, the Lycée engaged stakeholders at all levels: students, faculty, parents, administrators and trustees. This session details the process used to assure that the diverse voices of the Lycée's school community were represented in envisioning library spaces.

    Adena Dershowitz, Director of Curriculum Development & Professional Learning, Lycée Français de New York
    Thierry Pourchet, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Lycée Français de New York

  • Reducing Yearly Operating Costs Through Good Design

    Wednesday, 10:30 am - 11:45 am
    15-min Goldmine

    Initial construction costs are only a small fraction of the total expenditures over the life cycle of a new school building. Design decisions about MEP systems, building envelope and site development can make a direct impact on your yearly operating budget. This session focuses on strategies for balancing construction and operating costs, identifying ways that thoughtful design can impact continuing costs over the life of the facility.

    Jacquelyn Block, Associate Principal, GFF Architects
    Jonathan Rollins, Principal, GFF Architects

  • The ABCs and 123s of Facility Rental Programs

    Wednesday, 10:30 am - 11:45 am
    15-min Goldmine

    A well run facility rental program offers a range of measurable benefits for any independent school including, but not limited to, revenue generation, marketing and enhanced community presence. Come hear the story of how the Bolles School leveraged its grounds and facilities on four different campuses to accomplish these goals and many more.

    Drew Upchurch, Director of Auxiliary Programs, The Bolles School

  • The APPA/ ANSI Total Cost of Ownership Project

    Wednesday, 10:30 am - 11:45 am
    15-min Goldmine

    APPA, Leadership in Educational Facilities has completed the first phase of an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Total Cost of Ownership document that describes the principles associated with this practice. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is defined as a "transparent, holistic and efficient approach to asset management and resource allocation." The purpose of TCO is to optimize financial investments by evaluating the comprehensive life-cycle impact of a specific asset decision on the entire facility and infrastructure of an organization from inception onward.

    Tom Harkenrider, Chief of Operations, Soka University of America