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Budget Cohort for Texas District Leaders

TASA has joined with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) to offer comprehensive budget development training for school district teams — including the superintendent, chief financial officer, chief curriculum officer, and human resources officers — 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.

Upcoming Events

30 Hours of Training

The 2021-22 Texas District Leaders Budget Cohort will receive 30 hours of training. All training will be led by subject matter experts identified by TASA, TASB, and TASBO and will cover the following topics:

Sept 23, 2021

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Omni Hotel Dallas (prior to TASA|TASB)

  • District data: understanding current and future data including financial, student, accountability, and program effectiveness
  • Identifying opportunities for transparency as well as the best use of district funds
  • Preparing for the October Student Snapshot to maximize funding
  • Legislative update

Nov 17, 2021

10 a.m.-12 p.m.


  • Campus and departmental allocations
  • Setting expectations with budget calendars that encourage collaboration among departments

Dec 8, 2021

10 a.m.-12 p.m.


  • Budget implications of Chapter 21 contracts
  • Chapter 21 contract process
  • Maximizing staffing

Feb 2, 2022

12-3:30 p.m.
Austin Convention Center (following the Midwinter Conference)

  • Understanding Texas demographic trends and how it relates to your district
  • Building a long-term relationship with your chief appraiser

Feb 9, 2022

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • What information do school boards need to make sound financial decisions?
  • Building community engagement into the budget process

Mar 1, 2022

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Gaylord Texan Hotel, Grapevine (during TASBO Engage Conference)

  • Staffing and compensation strategies for campus and auxiliary personnel
  • Recognizing the impact of staffing on the master schedule
  • Update on state funding and tax rate calculations

Apr 20, 2022

10 a.m.-12 p.m.


  • Understanding your district’s preliminary appraisal values
  • Developing revenue and expenditure estimates for FY23 and strategies to overcome budgetary shortfalls

Jun 15, 2022

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Irving Convention Center (during TASBO Summer Solutions Conference)

  • Update on the Texas economy
  • Projecting cash flow
  • Strategies to ensure that enrollment stays strong
  • Checking and double-checking Maintenance of Effort, program spending entitlements and ESSER funding compliance
  • Calling a tax ratification election – What do you need to know?

Session topics may change based on speaker availability and the need to clarify understanding of the components of state and federal requirements.

CPE Hours

Each member of your district team may earn 30 CEU/CPE hours.

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