5 Steps to Forecasting in Uncertain Times
Long-term planning has always been a key responsibility for school business officials. But in the wake of the pandemic, this planning has taken on not only a new level of importance, but also a new degree of complexity.
Cash Flow Monitoring for Long-Term Solvency
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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
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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
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
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.Continue Reading
33 Questions Every School Should Answer as You Prepare to Reopen
The most common question right now in the education sector is: what will school look like next year? In my own district, I have answered that for six weeks with a simple response: I don’t know. In recent days that has started to shift as the added uncertainty was creating anxiety, frustration, and even animosity at times.Continue Reading
Best Practices for Service Documentation
In the world of IDEA, documentation is a requirement. However, documentation practices in school districts have no universal standard. This can lead to major problems both for students and districts ― like due process hearings and issues with continuity of service. So, in the absence of universal standards, your district should create best practices of its own. Here is some information to help you get started.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