School Business Affairs September 2020 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | SEPTEMBER 2020 13 FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING RIBKHAN/STOCK.ADOBE.COM T he times in which we are operating have increased the importance of better deci- sion making and more effective allocation of resources. While it is difficult to fully quantify the magnitude of the pandemic’s impact on district oper- ations and revenues, we can all agree that this fall, things will be different. Whether that means more virtual distance learning, adjusted schedules to promote social distancing, layoffs, significant program cuts or other financial impacts from reduced revenues, and a host of related options, the need to be flexible while still maintaining focus on district pri- orities and needs will be crucial. The Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting is a group of school districts from across the country work- ing to improve their budget processes by making better resource allocation decisions to support improved stu- dent outcomes. The group was formed in 2015 by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and will host its sixth gathering—and first virtual meeting—of member dis- tricts later this year. Districts participating in the Alliance do so as a leadership team, with the superintendent or lead academic person collaborating hand in hand with the chief financial officer (or other lead budget person) in making budget and planning improvements. The willingness to Making Every Dollar Count: Serving Students in Challenging Times A peek into the current work of the Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting. By Matt Bubness