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MASA Feature I have used a zero-base process for over approach, including budget, is to support financial officer. Neither administrator 30 years, and my building principals would and require certification of your support can make these systemic changes never want to turn back to outdated incre- areas through the MSBO certification independently of the other. Start with mental budgeting since all budget data is tracks. The areas of certification include, a conversation on your district aim now transparent and the entire leadership Business Office Manager, Business Office and involve the business side of the team helps to make budget decisions. As Specialist, Chief Financial Officer, Facil- operation early in the discussion. a result, there is less blame for budget ities Director, Child Nutrition Director, disappointment directed at the super- Human Resource Specialist, Operations intendent and CFO. The decision-making Director, Pupil Accounting Director, Donald Sovey, CPA, is President and CFO process becomes flattened and less top- Pupil Accounting Specialist, School of School and Municipal Advisory Services, down with this method. Payroll Specialist, School Technology P.C. He has served in public accounting and Management, and Transportation Director. as a school business official for 34 years. His For more on zero-base budgeting, a The educational and networking oppor- organization provides services to school districts research report recently released by GFOA tunities that your key employees will be in the areas of audit RFP preparation, budget may be accessed, free of charge, at exposed to will be invaluable to your district. systems, CFO search services, campaigns for www.gfoaconsulting.org under the bonds and millage, deficit elimination plans, research reports section of the resources tab. district marketing, financial mentoring, long- Chief financial officer and super- range financial projections and office systems Relearn your business intendent partnership required review. Contact him at donsovey@gmail.com. approach for schools In order to retool or establish an effective One of the most effective and affordable budget approach, the superintendent methods of improving your school business will need to partner with your chief www.gomasa.org 21


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