November 12-14, 2023  |  Austin, TX

Agenda for K12FF ’24 coming next Summer!











10am-5:30 pm

Registration & Orientation

1:30-3 pm

BBQ Pitmasters

Showcase your cooking skills and collaborate with other peers, all while learning how to prepare delicious BBQ dishes. This unique experience is the perfect way to bond with colleagues over shared interests and enjoy some friendly competition.

12:30-5:30 pm

Golf Outing

Enjoy a challenging 7,200-yard, par 72 course designed by Arthur Hills, offering scenic views of the Lower Colorado River and beautiful wooded landscape. Network, play, and connect in this exciting and picturesque setting.

6:15-7 pm

Welcome Reception

7-9:30 pm

Dinner Program with Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday

Modern Stoic & NYT Best-Selling Author




6:30-7 am

Group Run/walk

7-7:50 am


8-9 am

Exploring New Strategies and Top Considerations in School Safety & Security

John McDonald (moderator)

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer – The Council for School Safety Leadership

Mike Eaton

Chief Operations & Building Security Officer – San Antonio ISD

Leroy San Miguel

Assistant Superintendent, Facilities & Operations – Northside ISD

Joseph Sanches

COO – Palm Beach Public Schools

9:05-10:25 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:40-11:30 am

Innovation Talks

The Oldest Schools; the Newest Thinking: Boston Public Schools Indoor Air Quality and Sustainability Initiatives

With the oldest school buildings in the United States, Boston Public Schools faced immense operational, financial, and communications challenges when the pandemic hit. In this session, BPS Operations and Sustainability leadership will share their experience and best practices implementing an internationally recognized IAQ Monitoring Initiative and supplementary districtwide sustainability initiatives. The session will also address strategies for securing and sustaining funding and support, to ensure these critical healthy school environment investments remain and continue to evolve.

Teresa Neff-Webster

Deputy Chief of Operations – Boston Public Schools

Katherine Walsh

Program Director, Sustainability, Energy & Environment  – Boston Public Schools

From Reactive to Proactive: Blending Leadership Models to Create a Better Learning Environment

Dallas ISD Maintenance and Facility Services (MFS) has implemented best practices from the learning community, utilizing the professional learning community (PLC) model and other best practices to help each department collaboratively solve problems. By doing this, Dallas ISD MFS has transitioned its leadership culture from a reactive to proactive response. In this presentation, leadership from the department will share how to structure these sessions within your own organizations to support the best possible learning environment. 

Chris Bayer

Executive Director, Maintenance & Facility Services – Dallas ISD

Miriam Gaytan

Director of Operations, Maintenance & Facility Services – Dallas ISD

11:35 am – 12:35 pm

Sourcing Meetings

12:35-1:35 pm

Networking Lunch

1:35-2:15 pm

Safety From the Inside Out: How School Environments Can be a Catalyst for Change

Linda Gail Walker

Executive Director of Innovation and Impact – MeTEOR Education


2:20-3:20 pm

Sourcing Meetings

3:25-4:05 pm

Innovation Talks

Best Practices in Bond Planning & Implementation

Tim McClure

Assistant Superintendent, Facilities – Northwest ISD

Saving Green by Going Green: The Eco/Budget-Friendly School Building Solution

Chris McIntyre

CFO/Treasurer/Construction Supervisor – Warren County Public Schools 


4:10-4:30 pm

happy hour

4:30-5:30 pm

Mastermind Roundtables

(District Administrators Only)

1. Best Practices in Addressing School Safety & Security
Facilitators: Joseph Sanches – COO – Palm Beach Schools & Mike Stavreff – Application Engineer – 3M 
2. Strategies to Address Environmental Issues Within Aging Infrastructure
Facilitator: Oz Hill – COO – Philadelphia Public Schools
3. Determining the Best Delivery Methods for Diverse Capital Projects
Facilitator: Derek McSween – Director, Facilities & Capital Projects – St. Lucie Public Schools
4. The Art of Effective Bond Planning and Implementation
Facilitator: Tim McClure – Assistant Superintendent, Facilities – Northwest ISD

5:30-6:45 pm

Free Time

6:45-10 pm

Yacht Rock Party!




7:45-8:30 am


8:30-9:15 am

Federal Funding Opportunities for School Facilities

Andrea Suarez Falken (moderator)

Special Advisor for Infrastructure & Sustainability  – U.S. Department of Education

Becky Cook-Shyovitz

Environmental Protection Specialist – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Andrea Swiatocha

Schools Program Manager, State & Community Energy Program – U.S. Department of Energy


9:20-10 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:05-10:45 am

he Strength of Strategic Partnerships: Choosing The Right Partner to Meet Your Facilities Goals

The challenges in K-12 facilities management are intricate and multifaceted. As facilities leaders grapple with budgeting and advancement, the necessity for transformative strategies becomes evident. But where do these strategies originate, and how can they be harnessed effectively? In a study commissioned by Gordian, Forrester Consulting conducted a double-blind survey of 204 US facilities planning and management decision-makers from K-12 school districts, each serving 5,000 or more students. This research focused on facility management, improvement efforts, and the pivotal role of strategic partnerships in planning.

Peter Zuraw

VP, Market Strategy & Development – Gordian

10:45-11 am

Bloody Mary + Mimosa Break

11 am-12 pm

Mastermind Roundtables

(District Administrators Only)

1. Propelling Passion Within your Facilities Organization
Facilitators: Chris Bayer – Executive Director, Maintenance & Facility Services – Dallas ISD
Miriam Gaytan – Director of Operations, Maintenance & Facility Services – Dallas ISD
2. Navigating Federal Grants & Tax Incentives
Phoebe Beierle – Senior Programs Manager – US Green Building Council
3. Important Considerations When Upgrading your HVAC Systems
Facilitator: Chris Farkas – Deputy Superintendent of Operations – Hillsborough County Public Schools

12-1 pm

Bon Voyage Brunch

Wanna join us?



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