Best Practices in School Budgeting

Training Type: 
Live Training
Course Status: 
New Course
Date and Time: 
Apr 27 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm  PDT
Apr 28 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm  PDT

Portland, OR (The Benson)

309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
United States
+1 (503) 471-3939
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Beaverton School District
Who Will Benefit: 

This seminar is designed for mid to senior level staff from school districts from both the academic and budget and finance areas who are involved in developing organizational strategic goals and/or allocating resources. In addition, school superintendents would benefit from the seminar, as would individuals from state boards of education and other education finance professionals and/or interest groups. 

Program Description: 

The two-day seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to acquire hands-on, practical implementation of GFOA’s best practices in school budgeting. The program is structured around the new best practices in school budgeting which include guidelines to develop a comprehensive budget process that fosters collaboration between academic and finance staff to develop strategic goals and allocate scarce resources accordingly. The end goal of the new budget process focuses on aligning these scarce resources to focus on optimizing student achievement. In addition to the best practices, tools from GFOA’s Smarter School Spending website will be highlighted and used as examples for participants to better understand and apply to their own budgets.

Seminar Objectives: 
  • Develop principles and policies to guide the budget process
  • Learn how to foster collaboration between budget and academic staff
  • Learn how to develop SMARTER goals
  • Develop root cause analysis to identify gap between current and desired performance
  • Evaluate programs to determine their academic and financial impacts
  • Develop a strategic financial plan
  • Develop a budget document that clearly lays out the organization’s challenges and plans to address the challenges 
  • Learn how to implement the new budget process in a sustainable manner
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