Course Details: Legal Update for Ohio School District CFOs
Target Audiences: School Districts
Category: Public Finance
This presentation will focus on hot topics of a legal nature that are of concern and interest to Ohio school district CFOs, including any relevant changes in the Ohio Revised Code and/or State policies, opinions rendered by Ohio courts and/or the Ohio Attorney General, and initiatives of the federal government. It is important for school district CFOs to remain current on a wide variety of matters that routinely cross their desks, as well as those matters that are episodic or in some cases unexpected – from financing permanent improvements, to raising new revenue at the ballot box, to managing the disposition of public assets, to complying with federal tax and disclosure covenants, to leasing property, etc. This presentation will focus on the legal aspects of such matters.
Course Learning Objectives: Understand recent changes in the law that affect the activities of school district CFOs, as well as the pertinent substantive foundations. Be able to spot potential legal issues before they become problems, and address them. Be able to communicate legal finance-related opportunities to school boards and the public on topics of current interest. Statement of Accreditation Rationale: The course will enhance the attendees’ understanding of the law that is integral to their duties, not just to protect school districts from pitfalls and liability, but also to enhance service to taxpayers through an understanding of legal options and opportunities.
Katie Johnson focuses her practice on serving as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel on general obligation financings, tax increment financings, utility revenue financings and special obligation financings. Katie also has experience working on a variety of economic development and public-private partnership projects. These projects have included the creation of tax increment financing areas, community reinvestment areas, enterprise zones, new community authority districts and joint economic development districts, all to encourage the investment of private capital in local communities and to stimulate economic development and redevelopment. Katie is a member of the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers, Ohio Women in Public Finance, Ohio State Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association, where she serves on the Bar Admissions Committee. Prior to beginning her legal career, Katie was a middle school mathematics teacher. She continues to work with school districts in her role as bond counsel.