School Business Affairs July-August 2020

42 JULY/AUGUST 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS tools and resources GRGROUP/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Ideas, resources, and tips for school business officials Job Satisfaction, Finances, and Diversity W ith schools facing unprec- edented challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and ICMA-RC have released new research that assesses K-12 public school employees’ views on their job and benefit satisfaction, familiarity with mutual funds and annuities, sources of financial information, debt, and school diversity. The research, Survey Findings: K-12 Public School Employee Views on Job and Benefits , reveals that the K-12 public school workforce is passionate about their profes- sion—especially their ability serve the com- munity. However, the results suggest that if significant cuts were made to their salary or benefits, many educators would leave their jobs. Many public school employees would like more information about their retirement benefits and retirement planning, especially when it comes to managing their invest- ments. While 90% of K–12 public school employees report having some sort of debt (most often mortgage, credit card, or car loan), 85% report that their debt level is manageable. With regard to diversity, the majority believe that it is important for schools to have a racially/ethnically diverse faculty and staff, regardless of the makeup of the stu- dent population. Read more at uploads/2020/05/k-12-employee-views.pdf. FOUND: the school business job or employee you’ve been looking for.