Legal Issues

Comments about the May 10, 2022 event Legal Issues Facing Schools:

Jim Budzilek had a great power point presentation on documentation. Contact Jim at for a copy. You will not be disappointed

“Leading schools has become a very complex process that is grounded in policy, procedures, guidelines and contracts. Thanks to Dr. Hunt at HH Events for bringing together the expert resources to help keep us informed on the legal aspects of our leadership. In doing so, we are more knowledgeable and better prepared to make legally sound decisions and provide “certified opinions” (Bernie Hoffman).”  Raymond Omer Superintendent Westmiddlesex School District

“My biggest takeaways were the importance of documentation and to have the proper contracts, policies, job descriptions, procedures, and guidelines in place. The event was well structured and as always Bernie brings a wealth of knowledge and best practice ideas to the table.” John Vannoy Superintendent Sharpsville School District

“This continues to be a complex world we live in. Despite this, we are always looking for a ‘one size-fits all’ laws or rules to define situations. Unfortunately, those are not so easily obtainable. We need strong leadership, common sense guidance, patience, and understanding to get through these difficult times. These all seem to be in limited supply today. What a wonderful opportunity to come together with a group of learned individuals that are solution oriented and talk through real-life experiences with the goal or working through issues like at Dr. Hunt’s seminars. I think they are an invaluable look at some of the most difficult and taboo issues of our time. I always learn so much.” Michael Vatter CEO First Choice Federal Credit Union

“During the first portion, one of the biggest takeaways was that Bernie Hoffman brings years of experience and practical situational knowledge to educational leaders. I am constantly impressed by his ability to connect with the audience and that he continues to do the work. Both Bernie and yourself should be proud of your continued dedication to the field!” Dr. Jay Barris Principal PACyber

“Bernie Hoffman is an invaluable resource. The basic rules of Bernie I apply daily. If we have any situation we follow his rules of aware, investigate, conclusion, appropriate action. We also live by our protections of job descriptions, adopted board policies, procedures to execute policies, and contracts. We can never get too much Bernie!”  Leonard Rich Superintendent Laurel School District

“People can always have the best intentions for students but, without proper consistent documentation the best plan can become derailed.”  Michael Krisuk Financial Advisor Dynasty Financial Ameriprise

“One of the biggest takeaways I noted was reinforcing the importance of documenting and record keeping as situations arise. The value that was added in terms of how and what to document was so important and something I plan to specifically train my staff members to do going forward.”  Scott McCaskey Director of Special Education West Middlesex School District

“The area that caught my attention most was the discussion on the school nurse– that a nurse’s duty cannot be given to a secretary — Bernie gave the example that a parent came in and was speaking to the secretary and the secretary said something like my child had the same thing and I did this ….. The parent took the information as “medical reference,” which then could lead to issues with the school. This is not a new scenario, but happens more time than not with sub shortages and coverage for nurses.”  Patty Kardambikis Assistant Professor Robert Morris University

“As always, the recent event on legal issues was informative and educational. Bernie Hoffman brings decades of knowledge and experience and delivers his presentation with relevant and real time information. I feel more abreast of the pressing legal issues facing educators today after spending a morning with Bernie Hoffman.” Bill Vonada Superintendent Cranberry Area School District

This Legal Issues Event was supported by
EDS/HIBster–The Electronic Solution to Bullying Jim Budzilek, Director of Education, or 724-272-1992

First Choice Federal Credit Union Michael Vatter

Dynasty Financial Solutions 724-652-7556

Please feel free to contact the supporters listed above to follow up and also to use as a resource for your students, parents and staff. The goal is to “Build Partnerships for Student Success”.

Thank you
Bernie Hoffman Chief Consultant for PDE for School Risk Issues for over 15 years for sharing your knowledge and expertise
Dr. Jim Budzilek for hosting, sharing expertise and providing technical assistance
David Hunt for technical advice
All members of the Focus Group for sharing your knowledge and expertise. You helped to make schools better by your participation today

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