TASA/TASB Hurricane Harvey Livestream

  • TASA and TASB acknowledge the challenges and difficulties experienced in recent weeks by school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts and prayers are with all TASA and TASB members, your families and school district staff, as well as the students, parents, and community members affected by the damage and flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey. We continue to be inspired by your tremendous leadership and commitment to your communities during this difficult time. To assist TASA and TASB members in your continuing response to these challenges, we have developed the special strand of concurrent sessions listed below. These sessions are all offered at the TASA/TASB Convention in Dallas (in Ballroom D-One Clear Fork of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center) and are also being livestreamed for board members and district staff who are unable to attend the convention. Live streaming will be accessible here as well as via the TASA/TASB Convention website, the TASA Facebook page, TASB Facebook page, and the TASA/TASB Convention Facebook Event page.

    Friday, October 6, 1–2 p.m. (Ballroom D-One Clear Fork)

    TEA Hurricane Harvey Response
    Leo Lopez, Chief School Finance Officer, Texas Education Agency
    Candace Stoltz, Director of School Safety, Texas Education Agency

    Hear from TEA staff on the latest updates related to Hurricane Harvey relief, including funding, waivers, and additional flexibilities for impacted districts. As the state of Texas continues to address major issues related to storm recovery, TEA is working to remain responsive to the needs of districts, campuses, and families. TEA staff will also be available to answer questions.


    Friday, October 6, 2:15–3:15 p.m. (Ballroom D-One Clear Fork)

    Expert Review on Recovery after Hurricane Harvey
    Joy Baskin, Director of Legal Services, TASB
    Amy Campbell, Director, HR Services, TASB
    Grady Slaydon, Regional Manager, Facility Services, TASB
    Andrea Sheehan, BuyBoard Attorney, TASB
    Troy Winslow, Consultant, TASB

    Recent natural disasters brought emergency preparedness to the forefront once again. TASB experts in legal issues, insurance claims, emergency purchasing, facility repair and reopening, and district staff concerns join frontline district leadership to share tips for reacting, recovering, and rebuilding after a natural disaster. Learn what to consider and how to get started after disaster hits your school district. Hear some of the issues TASB and hard-hit districts have been tackling since the storm clouds cleared.


    Saturday, October 7, 7:30–8:30 a.m. (Ballroom D-One Clear Fork)

    FEMA: Navigating Federal Red Tape After Disaster Strikes
    Charles Mikeska, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, West ISD
    JoAnna Macik, Accountant, West ISD Shea Gutierrez, Accountant, West ISD

    Learn from West ISD’s assistant superintendent how to access funding and resources after disaster strikes a school district. Charles Mikeska will share some of his and his West ISD team’s experiences and point you in the right direction for working with FEMA. Let their success help guide your current or future needs to marshal resources and get your students and sta back in the classroom as quickly as possible.


    Saturday, October 7, 8:45–9:45 a.m. (Ballroom D-One Clear Fork)

    Responding to Harvey: Start Right to End Right
    Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)

    In this session, presenters from the Association for Learning Environment's (A4LE) volunteer group of professionals, who assisted school districts in Louisiana during the aftermath of Katrina and Rita, will share the many critical steps school districts must take to successfully recover in the aftermath of a hurricane like Harvey. The best practices they will discuss are based on their experiences in assisting school districts recover from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, and Isaac and the Great Floods of 2016 in Louisiana.

    The Association for Learning Environment’s (A4LE) volunteer group of professionals assisted school districts in Louisiana during the aftermath of Katrina and Rita. This experience led to the creation of a guide to assist districts prepare for and recover from devastation caused by a catastrophic event. They will share best practices for dealing with items like:

    • procurement of services
    • documentation
    • facilities assessments
    • facility planning for recovery and resilience
    • FEMA forms and paperwork

    Attendees will leave the session better equipped to prepare for future disasters and for those of us dealing with Hurricane Harvey, navigate the long recovery ahead successfully.


    Saturday, October 7, 1–2 p.m. (Ballroom D-One Clear Fork)

    Storm Chasers Responders
    Greg Smith, Superintendent, Clear Creek ISD
    Paul McLarty, Deputy Superintendent of Business & Support Services, Clear Creek ISD
    Elaina Polsen, Executive Director of Communications, Clear Creek ISD
    Rick Morris, Partner, Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.

    Even if a catastrophic event has not already damaged your facilities and community and disrupted school services, you should be prepared for that eventuality. Clear Creek ISD representatives will walk you through a process using lessons learned from both Hurricane Ike (September 2008) and Hurricane Harvey (September 2017). Gain knowledge about important communication tools with staff and trustees, and learn how to best protect your district from opportunistic vendors.