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How to Disaster-Proof Your School District Business Office
What does business continuity have to do with education? School districts have learned from experience how to manage crises. They are skilled at notifying students, parents, and other stakeholders in the community. Safety protocols have expanded far beyond fire drills into lockdown and active shooter drills.
Pro Tips: Finance & Funding for K-12 Public Schools
A new year brings the K-12 public school budgeting process into full swing as drafts are written, reviewed, revised, and await approval in the months ahead. K-12 school business leaders play a key role in communicating and executing district operations and budgeting.Continue Reading
28 Pieces of Advice from School Business Professionals
Pieces of advice from CFOs, Accountants, Payroll Specialists, and other school professionals – some are specific, and others simply remind you to expect the unexpected.
Getting Ahead of the Regulatory Compliance Game
Whether it’s chess or football, the most successful players in any game are the ones who think ahead. If you were to ask the most famous NFL players about whether or not they actively think about the rules of the game while on the field, they might look a bit confused. Because the best players have the rules so engrained in their practice that it becomes second nature.Continue Reading
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Project Management Should Be Part of Your ERP Selection Choice
When searching for new ERP software, there are many factors to consider, like company experience, customer recommendations, desired features, and product infrastructure. One of the factors that may get overlooked but is essential to a smooth transition is project management. We all know that implementations are complex. There are so many moving parts, it can be challenging to ensure that there is consensus among the team and all tasks are completed on time.Continue Reading
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Change You Can Count On: Change Management in K-12
Education is constantly changing, giving us new opportunities to discover, create and adapt. That goes for all of us: the teachers referring to real world situations and current events to deepen student learning, the Curriculum & Instruction specialists seeking ways to further uphold and implement best practices in evaluations and professional learning, and the administrators who must prepare for and comply with new regulations and expectations.Continue Reading
What to Consider Before Switching School Data Systems
From the classroom to the business office, schools generate loads of data year-round. Adding technology to automate tedious tasks and improve processes has been on the top of many administrators’ “to-do” lists in recent years. However, it’s due to the sheer volume of these critical data points, and how rapidly they change in school districts, that makes changing software providers feel like an impossible undertaking.Continue Reading
School HR Can Have Freedom While Staying Connected
Being connected doesn’t mean relinquishing your control. Even though it’s common for school district HR to operate separately from school Finance, there’s still so much they depend on each other for.Continue Reading
Same Day – Different Pay: Multiple Pay Scenarios in Schools
You’ve heard the phrase “I wear a lot of hats in my job”, right? Well, that saying definitely captures what it’s like to work in education. Whether you’re looking at a teacher’s daily schedule, an administrator’s responsibilities, or considering the versatility expected of those managing operations; it is amazing how much it takes to make a school district run smoothly.Continue Reading
The Three Little ERPigs (and the Big Bad PR, Audits & Fines)
You’ve heard the age-old story of The Three Little Pigs, but have you heard the one about The Three ERPs?Continue Reading
Rekindling Connections Between HR and Finance in Schools: Funding Distribution
While teachers often teach because they love it, and administrators are frequently former teachers who advanced through the ranks, there’s also the necessity to learn and apply business skills to ensure success from classroom to business operations. It’s hard to conceive of this passion-driven operation as a pragmatic company that thrives when students succeed. However, without passion and pedagogy schools revert to just buildings; without solid practices and processes schools become more likely to fail financially (no matter how much love and creativity is fostered under those roofs).Continue Reading