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School Business Administration, Eighth Edition helps readers develop a rationale for how school business administration functions and understand that role in current practice.
This text maintains that the purpose of school business administration is to contribute to instructional effectiveness by helping key decision makers use financial resources wisely in support of educational goals. It views school business administration as a collaborative enterprise and takes a positive, proactive approach to the contemporary problems and issues facing education today.
• Includes analysis of problems and issues that require leadership from school business administrators and also depicts the social, economic, and political context in which administrators work.
• Facilitates understanding of key concepts through a developmental sequence of chapters and places the role of the school business office in its proper perspective as a support activity.
• Uses site-based management to illustrate principal and teacher involvement in school business administration.
• Presents chapters on management and information systems and a unique chapter on cash management with ways to enhance investment potential.
• Describes sources of revenue and fiscal decisions and how these impact school business administration in this new environment.
• Provides a unique focus on student achievement as the main goal that should be served by all divisions of the school organization.
• Shows how school organizations can receive more"bang for the buck" byproviding guidelines and good business practices.
• Explains the integral importance of how SBA concepts relate to the superintendence team.
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All chapters conclude with “Summary,” “Suggested Activities,” “Suggested Readings,” and “Notes.”
1. School Business Administration: Context, Function, Practice, and Process.
The Evolving Context.
The Organizational Context of the Administrative Team.
Conceptualizing a School Business Administration Function.
Emerging Challenges to School Business Administration.
Planning as Strategy and Process.
An Alternative View of Educational Planning.
Legislative-Judicial Origins of School Business Administration.
Legislative and Judicial Concepts Useful in School Business Administration.
Compliance Responsibilities and Practices.
Planning for Local Revenues.
The Interactive Nature of State-Local Funding.
Planning for State Revenues.
The Nature of Management Concepts.
Private versus Public Sector Management.
School Business Administration as a Subset of Generic Management.
The Linguistics of Information Systems.
Role and Scope of Information Flow as Related to Data-Based Management – MIS Concept.
Unique Role of the Business Administrator.
Effect on Staff/Administrators/Faculty.
Types of Equipment.
The Future of Educational Data Processing.
The Statutory Bases for School System Budgeting.
Concepts of Budgeting.
Concepts of Budgeting More Suited to Present and Future Educational Systems.
Evolution of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, Evaluation System.
Concepts of Budget Development.
The Budget Process.
School Fund Accounting and Operation.
School Accounting in Contemporary Practice.
Challenges of Personnel Administration.
Personnel Planning and Recruitment.
Orientation, Training, Development, and Motivation.
Legal Aspects of Purchasing.
Educational Material en Route – Distribution.
Evaluation of Purchasing, Inventory, and Distribution Systems.
Comprehensive Strategic Planning.
Procurement of Furniture and Equipment.
Orientation and Training Programs.
Additional Planning Considerations.
The Nature of Cash for Investment.
The Role of Insurance.
Planning Insurance Acquisition.
Types of Insurance Options.
Alternative Financing for Risk Management.
Insurance Records, Maintenance, and Protection.
Personnel and Contractor Concerns of Risk Management.
Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Other Auxiliary Services.
Fiscal and Economic Perspectives.
The Centralization/Decentralization Dichotomy.
Personal Skills for School Business Administrators.