School Business Affairs January 2019

WHAT YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MBA “Just do it! Lean on your peers. Look to other people who have applied and ask them for assistance. Use the resources at , check out the example budgets, and use them as reference material to build your budget book. ” Katie Miano, SFO, Director of Finance, Montgomery County Public Schools, Christiansburg, VA “ The MBA is a lot of work your first year, but once you go through it, it’s very well worth your investment!” Michele Trongaard, SFO, Assistant Superintendent, Finance & Operations, Wylie Independent School District, Wylie, TX “The MBA program is a tool for school districts to help manage and budget resources in alignment with the district’s strategic objectives. It demonstrates to the community that resources are being used effectively and efficiently to advance student achievement.” Dan Huenneke, SFO, Director of Budget, Cherry Creek SD No. 5, Greenwood Village, Colorado “Reach out to other districts who have earned the award in the past. See if you can share templates—there’s no point in reinventing the wheel! I’d highly encourage anyone to apply for the MBA because you may learn something about your own district in the process. ” Mark DeBoer, Director of Finance, Lethbridge SD 51, Lethbridge, AB, Canada