September 23, 2004

School law conference set for Oct. 13

by Bonnie Marx

CARBONDALE, Ill. - - Issues such as The No Child Left Behind Act and "The Future of School Construction" are on the agenda for the Eighth Annual School Law Conference at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the SIUC Student Center.

John Mannix, of the Illinois Association of School Boards, opens the conference with the keynote address, "NCLB: Nirvana or Armageddon - - A Philosophical Viewpoint." Luncheon speaker will be Anthony Rossi of the Illinois Capital Development Board, with "The Future of School Construction." Morning and afternoon breakout sessions will address "Superintendent Contracts: Tenure, Evaluation and Seniority"; "Policy and Procedures Update"; "Children's Mental Health Act"; "FOIA and Open Meetings Act"; "Conducting Investigations in the Schools"; and "To Accommodate or Not to Accommodate."

Registration fee is $65 and includes lunch. Deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 8; to accomplish that, call the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the Web site at For program information, call Brad Colwell at 618/536-4434.