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Budget Cohort for Texas District Leaders

Do you have a comprehensive budget planning process? Are you ready for all the new requirements from House Bill 3 and the changes resulting from COVID-19? Is your budget planning process tied to your strategic plan?

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

Note: The cohort is full for the 2020-21 school year. 

31 Hours of Training

The 2020-21 Texas District Leaders Budget Cohort will receive 31 hours of training. Fall events will be conducted virtually, but some of the later events could move to in-person offerings at TASA, TASB or TASBO events, as conditions allow.

All training will be led by subject matter experts identified by TASA, TASB, and TASBO and will cover the following topics:

September 23

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • The intersection of budget and Average Daily Attendance
  • Preparing for the October PEIMS Snapshot
  • Update on the Texas economy and its projected impact on long-term budgets
  • Maximizing staffing to best respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19

October 28

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • What types of information do school boards need to make sound financial decisions?
  • Monitoring the budget all year long by analyzing trends
  • Building a long-term relationship with your chief appraiser to better project state and local revenue

November 19

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • Setting your tax rate/tax rate election requirements
  • What happened to my interest earnings? Investing district funds responsibly
  • It’s the third six weeks, now what? Update on state funding

December 16

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • Looking forward to the 87th legislative session
  • Communicating with the public effectively in a transparent world

January 20

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Budget implications of Chapter 21 contracts
  • Chapter 21 contract process / maximizing staffing
  • Collaboration across departments to reach consensus on difficult challenges
  • Understanding program funding spending requirements
  • Meeting MOE, etc. for federal funding including ESSER and other COVID-19 funding

February 16

Time TBA

  • Updates on state funding
  • Understanding the components of the district tax rate
  • Strategic staffing and compensation
    • Managing the relationship between the business office and HR
    • Staffing for cost savings (repurposing existing staff to provide needed support)
    • TASB Salary Survey data availability and how you can use it
  • Reinventing the master schedule to meet projections and district needs
    • Timing of master schedule development. Don’t wait until summer!

March 17

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Best practices in auxiliary departments
  • Campus budget allocations
  • Legislative update
  • HR hot topics

April 21

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Analyzing ADA, property values and projecting state funding
  • Analyzing your district’s cash flow
  • Legislative update
  • HR hot topics


Date/time TBA

  • Developing FY22 budget estimates
  • Legislative update and impact on proposed school funding for the FY22 budget

Session topics may change based on speaker availability and the need to clarify understanding of the components of House Bill 3 and the upcoming 2021 legislative session’s impact on school districts.

CPE Hours

Each member of your district team may earn 31 CEU/CPE hours.

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