Budget Cohort for Texas District Leaders
TASA joined with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) in 2019-20 to offer comprehensive budget development training for school district teams — including the superintendent, chief financial officer, and chief curriculum officer — that is designed to allow districts to better utilize their finance and business functions to support and enhance other areas, including curriculum and instruction, human resources, and special programs.
The 2019-20 cohort (sorry, registration closed in August!) is meeting throughout the school year both online and at TASA, TASB, and TASBO events.
In-Person Training Topics
In-person training is led by subject matter experts and offered throughout the school year in conjunction with other TASA, TASB, and TASBO conferences. Attendance at all four in-person sessions is required for completion of the training. (Attendance at TASA/TASB/TASBO conferences requires separate registration fees.) Topics include:
Finance issues such as data, projecting state and local revenue, working with board members and appraisal districts, rollback rates, transparency and communication of the budget
Collaboration among departments, tying the budget to the strategic plan, monitoring the budget, and understanding the components of the state funding formula
Human resources including staffing, benefits, impact of the master schedule on staffing, collaboration on staffing between departments, campus budgets, and legal notifications
PEIMS, economic outlook, debt management, cash flow, and your district’s FIRST rating
In addition to the in-person training sessions, the 2019-20 cohort will receive four hours of online training throughout the school year. Topics include:
Legislative Update: How prepared are you to implement HB 3?
Double Check Your Master Schedule: Are you maximizing the minutes of instruction and receiving full funding?
Understanding Census Data Blocks
Understanding Program Funding Spending Requirements: Best Practices for Allocation & Monitoring
Each member of your district team may earn 25 CEU/CPE hours.