2023 Annual Conference Sessions: Smarter School Spending

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Sessions for Sunday, May 21

21 May
2:40 PM-3:30 PM PT

Smarter School Spending: Navigating the Intersection of Instructional Goals and Finance

School districts are charged with providing free and appropriate education to all students and must do so with a lack of resources and a strategic plan that outlines instructional goals; however, in order to ensure that the limited funds are spent in support of these objectives, finance officers from school districts need to go beyond the strategic plan and implement a long-term financial plan and budgeting practices that promote student achievement. GFOA’s Smarter School Spending project and the Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting provide a framework to enhance school district budgeting and prepare governments to better align strategic goals, student outcomes, and resource allocation.

1 CPE credit

Sessions for Monday, May 22

22 May
10:30 AM-12:10 PM PT

Smarter School Spending: Using Analytical Reviews

GFOA’s Best Budgeting Practices for School Districts framework includes tools to help analyze, assess, and prioritize instructional goals. This session will provide an overview of cost savings options, initiatives inventories, and Academic Return on Investment (AROI). Attendees will learn how to use these tools to ensure that their school district's limited funds are spent to support its strategic goals.

Sessions for Tuesday, May 23

No smarter school spending sessions for May 23

Sessions for Wednesday, May 24

No smarter school spending sessions for May 24