School Finance Template Boot Camp
(formerly Budget Boot Camp)
TASA’s School Finance Template Boot Camp (formerly known as Budget Boot Camp), redesigned in 2020 and renamed this year, has long been considered a valuable asset to administrators, but the 2019 Legislature’s House Bill 3 and the financial challenges school districts are facing as a result of the pandemic make attending the 2023 Budget Boot Camp more important than ever. The next School Finance Template Boot Camp will be conducted in conjunction with the 2023 TASA Midwinter Conference.
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 more than years and in Texas school finance for more than 15. 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. She holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Planning.
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, TASBO
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.
Policy & Research Associate, TASBO
Al McKenzie joined the TASBO team as a Policy & Research Associate in 2021. He previously served as director of forecasting and fiscal analysis for TEA. Before that, he worked in state funding and accountability and at the Legislative Budget Board. Al has more than two decades of experience spanning both public school finance and education data analysis.
Investment Banker, BOK Financial Services
Omar Garcia is employed by BOK Financial Services, a public finance firm and a subsidiary of BOK Financial Corp. He is part of a team that offers underwriting and financial advisory services on school district bond issues and other related matters. Garcia previously 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.
School Finance Template Boot Camp offers four hours
of Continuing Professional Education credit.
Learning & Events