• In this issue of Ideas & Perspectives,

    we focus on adolescent sleep and school start times, detail how to handle debt interest and principal, and discuss a recent report on School Head longevity and attrition.

  • What Next?

    That’s the question we’ll tackle at the 2015 Business Managers Retreat, as we take advantage of the economic upswing after the recent recession.

  • Now Accepting Registrations

    Connect with your peers, learn the latest techniques, and apply theory during hands-on exercises at ISM’s Summer Institute. Gain the skills you need to succeed next year—and every year after!

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    Get the professional development you need and the advice you depend on without missing a beat around campus. Train right from your office with ISM 60-minute Webinars. Check out the calendar for what's coming up.

  • Options, Options, Options!

    Offering Voluntary Benefits to your faculty and staff is one way to expand your school’s benefit portfolio without expanding your budget. Whether or not your school offers medical benefits or has opted to send employees to the government exchanges, Voluntary Benefits can help you protect those who protect your students.

Recent Articles

Drug Testing: The Basics

Schools, both private and public, are beginning to adopt drug testing policies. After all, the theory goes, the chances of getting caught rise tremendously with such policy, thus acting as a deterrent for regular drug use. If your school decides to implement its own drug testing policy, there are a lot of "moving parts" to consider—from communicating with the school community and avoiding potential discrimination suits, all the way to coordinating testing efforts and selecting vendors.

One of those "parts" is the test itself. While the urine drug test predominates school drug-testing conversation, there are other options available, depending on what you want to accomplish—and what you want to spend.

Ask ISM's Health Care Reform Specialist

Q: Our school offers medical insurance to full-time staff. Several staff members have opted to stay on their spouses' insurance and are reimbursed, up to the cost of school provided insurance. The employees who chose this option are happy, and our school has been pleased with the significant savings as well.

However, we were informed during a recent audit that this practice is neither legal nor in compliance with the ACA. We were also told we cannot give raises to offset the cost of the insurance, if the raise is directly tied to insurance—a practice we have done for years!

What do these practices have to do with mandated employee health benefits and the ACA?

Top Ten Business Manager Articles of 2014

Over the past year, we’ve written on a range of topics, from navigating compliance issues to handling awkward conversations—and we’ll be sure to cover more hot topics in the year to come. Before we move on, though, let’s look back at articles from our top-read editions of the Business Manager e-Letter in 2014.

When (and How) to Call a Snow Day

Deciding to cancel school for a snow day remains one of the most public and potentially contentious decisions a School Head can make. After all, parents, faculty, and staff alike can play armchair-Head and declare what they would (or would not) have done in your place with the clear vision of hindsight.

Your school community's safety lies in your hands during bad weather. At the same time, as Head, you don't want to force parents to scramble to arrange child care for no reason. How, then, can you determine whether you should cancel school for wicked winter weather?

Top Ten School Head Articles of 2014

Over the past year, we’ve written about everything from handling criticism and crafting job descriptions to the dangerous ways students try to get high—and we’ll be sure to cover more hot topics in the year to come. Before we move on, though, let's look back to the top-read articles in the School Head e-Letter over the past year.

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