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.
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
How ERP Software Smooths the Journey for School Business Officials
District administrators are pushing back on K-12 technology companies to do a better job of connecting the data that schools depend on for everything from security and compliance to reporting and funding. Historically, school business professionals have worked on an island in corporate finance software that requires costly code customizations and supplemental spreadsheets to make it work for education.
Make the Most of Stimulus Funds: Budgeting Best Practices
As school districts across the country are beginning the process of developing their 2022-23 school-year budgets, the world is still reeling from the impacts of COVID-19. New revenue, lost revenue, rising costs, labor market shifts, and a changing educational landscape all together make it a challenging time to predict and plan for the future.Continue Reading
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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
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Effective Dating & Conditional Workflows in Position Management
Behind the scenes at any school district, there are playmakers at work — including business officials who keep the gears moving. And behind those people? Their systems and processes. Tried and true methods get the job done, but innovations save time and elevate professionals in HR, Finance, and Payroll to higher-level insights, strategy, and stewardship. And that elevates a school district to stronger learning outcomes.Continue Reading
Using Federal Stimulus Funds to Engage the Community and Re-imagine Education
As school districts around the country make decisions on how to invest federal stimulus funds, James Fogarty, Esq., the Pittsburgh Learning Collaborative convener and executive director of A+ Schools, shared his insights and suggestions. His innovative ideas on using the funding to shape education for the future emphasize equity for all students and building partnerships with community-based organizations.Continue Reading
Rekindling Connections Between HR and Finance in Schools: Position Management
Making sure that your people are being paid the right amount, consistently and on time is among the most critical responsibilities of a school business office. An unintended consequence in many districts, however, is that Finance and Payroll tend to be an island instead of working alongside Human Resources.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
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
5 Ways Collaboration Between Tech and Finance Departments Can Create an Impact
As funds provided to school districts for the use of technology continue to grow, it will become even more important that the business office and technology departments work together.Continue Reading