Budget Boot Camp
Texas is now in its second year of implementing House Bill 3, which contained the most significant changes to the state’s funding structure in decades. Challenges associated with leading through a global pandemic have also proven to complicate school finance matters during the 2020-21 school year. TASA’s Budget Boot Camp has long been considered a valuable asset to administrators, but the need to be on top of recent changes makes attending the 2021 Budget Boot Camp more important than ever.
About the Boot Camp
Complete and/or update the latest release of the state funding template under guided instruction.
Project state and local revenue for the previous, current, and future school years for current and future planning purposes.
Monitor the under/over payment of Foundation School Fund state aid for the current school year.
Ask questions and dialogue about other school finance-related items of interest.
Boot Camp Facilitators
Dr. Amanda Brownson
Associate Executive Director of Governmental Relations, TASBO
Amanda Brownson has worked in public education for 26 years and in Texas school finance for 16. She served as the director of State Funding at TEA, where she oversaw the distribution of the state’s nearly $20 billion Foundation School Program. Prior to that, she worked as a consultant at Moak, Casey & Associates, where she assisted school districts with revenue projection, conducted research, and provided legislative support.
Research & Policy Associate, TASBO
Janét Spurgin came to TASBO from the Legislative Budget Board, where she managed the Public Education Data Analysis team. She has a long history of building and maintaining school financial data models used to calculate state aid and developing tools to evaluate education funding proposals. Janét also worked for 19 years at TEA in the Divisions of School Finance and Fiscal Analysis, Interagency Coordination, Research and Program Evaluation, and Governmental Relations.
Research & Policy Associate
Karen Wilson recently retired from Spring Branch ISD, where she had served as Associate Superintendent for Finance since January 2006. She began her career in school business in 1984 in Katy ISD then moved on to Dallas ISD, where she was Deputy Superintendent of Business Services and Associate Superintendent for Financial Services. Karen brings a wealth of hands-on experience as a CFO and can provide practical, real-world advice.
Investment Banker, BOK Financial Services
Omar Garcia is part of a team at BOK Financial Services, a public finance firm and a subsidiary of BOK Financial Corp., that offers underwriting and financial advisory services on school district bond issues and related matters. He served as director of statewide school finance at the Region 13 ESC for nine years and was employed by TEA for 28 years, holding various positions, including working in the Audit Division for four years. He retired in 2002 as the senior director of the Division of State Funding after 24 years of service in that division.
Budget Boot Camp offers four hours of Continuing Professional Education credit.
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