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Ask ISM’s Health Care Reform Specialist

Vol. 14 No. 8

Q. I am new to this school. On our calendar, I have a reminder to “file IRS Form 720 by July 31.” My understanding is that Form 720 is a quarterly return that the school does not file—why would I file it in July?

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School Lunch Programs: Up Quality and Reduce Cost

Vol. 14 No. 8

School-provided lunches are notorious for their unappealing presentation and tasteless “mystery meat”—at least, at most public schools. Up the ante on your school’s lunch program by increasing meal quality through smart investments that ultimately save your school’s bottom line while encouraging students to eat in the cafeteria.

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Helping Students Find Summer Work

Vol. 14 No. 7

As March turns to April, the summer season feels closer than ever—which means your students may be anticipating seasonal employment. Perhaps you’ve heard murmurings from faculty or parents that the school should formalize relationships with community employers of students.

Such a project requires a large initial output of resources and research, and must be properly maintained from year to year. Still, a database helping your students find and connect with mission-appropriate employers might help more than just the newly employed in the long run. With that in mind, we’ve got some key points for the Business Office to hit while collecting resources for would-be student workers.

businessmanager eletter Vol14 No1 healthASK

Ask ISM’s Health Care Reform Specialist

Vol. 14 No. 7

Q: I received a legal-looking letter from The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asking for information about a Medicare Beneficiary or Spouse. Is this letter legitimate, and do I have to do something with it?

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6 Resources From the Business Manager e-List

Vol. 14 No. 7

Conversations abound on the Business Manager e-List, as private school administrators swap stories and resources with their peers. We’ve collected six of the most relevant crowdsourced points from the e-List over the last few months, hoping that your Business Office will find some useful gems for future use.

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Providing Financial Information to Parents

Vol. 14 No. 6

Your school thrives on engaged parents. However, some families can request information from your office that exceeds your expected level of engagement. Recently on the Business Manager e-list, one school asked how to handle an uncommon financial request from one of its parents: five years’ worth of “financial records.”

While transparency with the community is to be encouraged, as a way for the school to demonstrate responsible stewardship of resources, vague requests that come from parents seemingly out-of-the-blue prompt some second-guessing of assumed policy.

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