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Certification: Special Education Finance (In-Person)

Total Credits: 3.0 including 3 Board of School Administrators Credit(s), 3 MASBO Credit(s)

Paul Ferrin |  Scott R LeSage |  Jennifer Welk
3 Hours
Not Applicable



This session will take an in-depth, hands-on look at the three primary reports associated with Minnesota special education funding:

  • Comprehensive Aid Report
  • SEDRA Report
  • Tuition Billing Report

Each attendee should have access to these three reports during the course—if you are not the person in your district who currently works with these report, please get access to them prior to the session.  Included during the review of these reports is an explanation of the lesser of the three options in Minnesota statute and where the numbers come from, EDRS code sheets, excess cost aid and special education transportation. 

Completion Criteria

To complete this workshop and receive the 3 MASBO and BOSA credits, you must attend no less than 90% of a session to be marked complete, and take the course test after the session is complete. A link to the test can be accessed by clicking on the Completion and Certificate button.  A score of 70% or higher on the test is required for successful completion of the course toward your certification program requirements. This session will be recorded for on-demand viewing for 90 days after the original presentation date. Once the session has been viewed live or virtual, you have 30 days to complete your test to put towards certification.  

Certification Program Requirements

The Minnesota Association of School Business Officials has established a voluntary certification program for all MASBO members and nonmembers. The courses are designed to train current and prospective school business officials, and offer practical information to assist members in excelling in their profession.

All Certification Courses are open to all members, but an application for the Certification Program must be completed prior to attendance for course participation to apply to the program.



Paul Ferrin Related seminars and products

Supervisor of Special Education Funding and Data

Minnesota Department of Education

Paul Ferrin is currently the supervisor of the special education funding and data workgroup at the Minnesota Department of Education. He has worked at the department for 5 years in various roles including monitoring special education expenditures and providing data analytics to the special education funding workgroup.

Scott R LeSage Related seminars and products

Director of Business & Finance

ISD #284 Wayzata Public Schools

Jennifer Welk Related seminars and products

Student Accounting & Finance Manager

Wayzata Public Schools ISD #284

Location & Lodging

Duluth Entertainment Center


Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN

The conference will be held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). conveniently located in beautiful Canal Park. Head to the Visit Duluth website to explore different local experiences, restaurants, itinerary ideas, and other helpful information about the area.

Conference Information

The conference will be held May 10-12, 2023.  The conference kicks off on Wednesday, May 10, with an optional pre-session and certification course in the morning, and officially starts with lunch.  After sessions and the trade show on Thursday, May 11, the conference concludes on Friday with morning breakouts and lunch.  

All conference events and activities, other than the Thursday evening Duluth Dine Around Dinner and the networking event, will be held at the DECC. Canal Park hotels are within an easy, short walk to the DECC. MASBO provides a conference shuttle between the DECC and Canal Park hotels during key conference passing times. Many of the conference hotels have their own shuttle service available, as well, and parking is available at the DECC for just $10 a day, if you prefer to drive.


Each of the following hotels has a room block for the conference. The conference hotels offer a range of amenities and price points to accommodate the needs of all MASBO members. If you are making your reservation by phone request the MASBO room block to receive our discounted room rate.

Important: If you are using a credit card that does not have your name on it, the hotels require a signed authorization form at check-in.

MASBO has also secured limited room blocks at the following hotels.

Canal Park Lodge 
250 Canal Park Drive, Duluth
Book by phone: 218-279-6000

Block Closes:  April 9, 2023
Includes complimentary breakfast

Download Credit Card Authorization Form

Hampton Inn Duluth Canal Park
Sold out
310 Canal Park Drive, Duluth
Book by phone: 218-720-3000

$159 - $179/night
Block Closes:  April 11, 2023
Includes complimentary breakfast

Download Credit Card Authorization Form

Lift Bridge Lodge (Formerly Comfort Suites)
Sold out
408 Canal Park Drive, Duluth

Block Closes:  April 5, 2023
Includes complimentary breakfast

Inn on Lake Superior  
Limited Availability Remaining
350 Canal Park Drive, Duluth
Book by phone: 218-726-1111

$139.99 - $159.99/night
Block Closes:  April 9, 2023
Includes complimentary breakfast

Download Credit Card Authorization Form

The Suites Hotel
325 South Lake Street, Duluth
Book by phone: 218-727-4663

$110 - $150/night
Block Closes:  April 9, 2023
Includes complimentary breakfast

Download Credit Card Authorization Form

Pier B
800 West Railroad Street, Duluth
Book by phone: 218-481-8888

Block Closes:  April 10, 2023
Refer to block #175207 when reserving your room.
Breakfast options available for purchase

Download Credit Card Authorization Form