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KASHRM President Jennifer Wooley Reflects on State Conference

KASHRM President Jennifer Woioley

Kentucky Association of School Human Resources Managers (KASHRM) President and BCPS Director of Human Resources Jennifer Wooley wrapped up her second state conference in Lexington to glowing reviews.

“It was all good,” she said. “Participants were overall pleased with the agenda topics and roundtable discussions.”

One agenda item set months ago was spiking pension changes.

“The pension speakers told us they had no idea this was going to be such a hot topic,” Wooley said.

Over 80 HR personnel from nearly 50 Kentucky districts participated in the state conference. This is double from 2016’s attendance and Wooley hopes all of the state’s 173 school systems will eventually attend the annual conference.

Those who do attend receive a wealth of information from speakers and in small group breakout sessions but the networking continues long after the last session.

“I’ve seen conference groups enjoying dinner while discussing what they experienced during the day,” Wooley said.

The four main vendors sponsor some snazzy door prizes including an all-expenses paid registration for one lucky person to the national conference which this year was in Phoenix, AZ.

“That’s a $3,000 prize,” Wooley said noting everyone who attends the Kentucky conference comes away a winner.

“This year’s evaluation remarks indicate a very successful conference,” she said. “I was impressed with all the reactions. It continues to motivate me for the next event!”

One participant remarked it was, “The best conference I ever attended.”

HR personnel in all size school districts are tasked with keeping a paper trail (electronic or otherwise) of employee records. That would seem a basic duty but the job details so much more.

“The needs are different,” Wooley said. “Small districts encounter different challenges because there are often a few people applying themselves to multiple tasks. The conference allows great collaboration among all HR professionals.”    

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt gave his support in conference remarks. American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) President Kelly Coash-Johnson brought Lessons from the Mouse: Applying Disney success to your HR department.

Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) President Wayne Young is always a popular presenter even with a tough topic in tribunals.

Bullitt East High School alumnae Brandon Egan of BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. spoke about Return-To-Work Program/Worker’s Compensation.

“It’s always nice when local talent can address a state or national conference,” Wooley said.

Conference questions can be emailed to Jennifer.wooley@bullitt.kyschools.us.

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