PASBO – Annual Conference (Pittsburgh, PA – March 15-18)

At the Thursday session of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, the big topic of discussion was Governor Corbett’s announcement of deep cuts to school budgets and the consequences to every school district across the Commonwealth. With funding rolled back to below 2008 levels many school districts will be forced to cut budgets through drastic measures, including increasing class size, eliminating programs, reducing staff, charging participation fees for athletics, curtailing services, etc… 

Invited as a guest speaker, I presented three consecutive mini-workshops proposing ways school districts can work to increase revenue (without raising taxes) as an alternative to cutting expenses beyond prudent levels. Various techniques included business affiliation and community partnerships, seeking grants for energy conservation, profit from energy generation, effective use of technology, municipal joint ventures, and; creation of district operated cyber academies as an alternative to the high cost of sending students to cyber charter schools.

A copy of the presentation is available by clicking here. Centennial School District was well represented at PASBO. Our new Director of Business Administration, Chris Berdnik, participated in the continuing education session providing his peers with his insight into best practices and creation of budgeting models to forecast and meet medium and long range expense projections.

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