School Business Affairs July-August 2020

8 JULY/AUGUST 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS FORECASTING AND FUNDING School Business Management in Challenging Times In today’s ever-changing circumstances, SBOs are key players in the district’s problem-solving strategy. By Matthew Lentz, MPA, PCSBA, SFO W hen governors closed state school sys- tems four months ago, district leaders learned quickly about the feasibility of managing school district business and operations remotely. In what was literally an overnight transition, school business leaders found a way to maintain critical busi- ness operations while providing necessary instructional resources and support for teachers, students, parents, and the community. What had been “just in case” plans are now reality, and SBOs must shift their attention from managing daily logistics and grappling with implementation concerns to navigating the new instructional and economic land- scape. The next steps logically include integrating opera- tions with the virtual learning environment, reviewing current revenue and expenditure trends, and updating long-term forecasts and future contingency plans. Integration with Virtual Learning Despite school closures, learning goes on, and the schools’ administrative and instructional staffs will continue to require the support of the business and operations staff members. SBOs will respond to meet the challenges of virtual learning and remote operations PIXEL-SHOT/STOCK.ADOBE.COM