Budgeting and Forecasting, Smarter School Spending

School Budgeting Best Practices: Virtual Readiness Workshop

eLearning Course

January 10, 2024

1-4 p.m. ET

January 11, 2024

1-4 p.m. ET

January 12, 2024

1-4 p.m. ET

  • Field of Study: Finance
  • Credits: 9.00
  • Prerequisite: Past experience working for a school district and familiarity with the budget process

This seminar will provide participants with an 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 initiative will be highlighted and used as examples for participants to better understand and apply to their own budgets.

Who Will Benefit: mid- to senior-level staff from school districts from both the academic and budget and finance areas

Learning Objectives:
  • Those who successfully complete this seminar should be able to:
  • Develop principles and policies to guide the budget process
  • 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 incorporate continuous improvement practices into the new budget process
  • Improve collaboration between academic and finance teams for better allocations and outcomes

  • Member Price: $315.00
  • Non-member Price: $630.00