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.
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.
While students and faculty can relax during serendipitous snow days, the Business Office’s work never rests. Deadlines and requirements remain, even when the wind howls and ice beads on sidewalks. So this month, we’d like to talk about four things the Business Office must keep in mind to continue working—despite the season’s foulest weather.
Having dedicated faculty is one of the biggest—ISM research indicates that it’s the biggest—indicator of student success and satisfaction. But little learning can be done in facilities that aren’t conducive to learning, as the Detroit Public Schools have found out. After recent teacher “sick outs” shutting down dozens of schools to protest lack of support and resources, news exposés have revealed serious health and safety threats to students due to deteriorating buildings.
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