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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.

Hallmark Features

• 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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Editorial Reviews

Updating the 1998 edition, this volume presents a rationale for the function of school business administration and describes the concepts and practices involved. Explicitly and extensively addressing contemporary social and economic changes currently influencing school business administration, the text presents new material on school security, both on and off campus, and broader coverage of Internet issues, technology, and ideas on increasing cost efficiency. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205414147
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/14/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

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.

2. A Legislative and Judicial Context for School Business Administration.

Legislative-Judicial Origins of School Business Administration.

Legislative and Judicial Concepts Useful in School Business Administration.

Compliance Responsibilities and Practices.

3. The Revenue and Fiscal Context.


Planning for Local Revenues.

The Interactive Nature of State-Local Funding.

Planning for State Revenues.

4. A Management Concept.

The Nature of Management Concepts.

Private versus Public Sector Management.

School Business Administration as a Subset of Generic Management.

Management Applications.

5. An Information Systems Context.

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.

Selection Process.


Types of Equipment.

The Future of Educational Data Processing.

6. Strategic Planning and Budgeting.

The Statutory Bases for School System Budgeting.

Concepts of Budgeting.

Concepts of Budgeting More Suited to Present and Future Educational Systems.

Site-Based Budgeting.

Evolution of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, Evaluation System.

Zero-Based Budgeting.

Concepts of Budget Development.

The Budget Process.

7. Accounting, Auditing, and Reporting.

School Accounting.

School Fund Accounting and Operation.

School Accounting in Contemporary Practice.



8. Personnel and Payroll Administration.

Challenges of Personnel Administration.

Personnel Planning and Recruitment.

Orientation, Training, Development, and Motivation.

Personnel Supervision.

Professional Negotiations.

Personnel Budgeting.

9. Purchasing and Distribution.


Legal Aspects of Purchasing.

Inventory Control.

Educational Material en Route – Distribution.

Evaluation of Purchasing, Inventory, and Distribution Systems.

10. Maintenance and Operation.


Plant Operation.

11. Capital Asset Planning and Management.

Comprehensive Strategic Planning.

Procurement of Furniture and Equipment.

Orientation and Training Programs.

Additional Planning Considerations.

12. Cash Management.

The Nature of Cash for Investment.

Cash Flow.

Investment Considerations.

Debt Management.

13. Risk Management and Insurance.

The Role of Insurance.

Planning Insurance Acquisition.

Insurance Contracts.

Types of Insurance Options.

Alternative Financing for Risk Management.

Insurance Records, Maintenance, and Protection.

Personnel and Contractor Concerns of Risk Management.

Vehicle Insurance.

Occupational Safety and Health Act.

14. Auxiliary Services.

Transportation Services.

Food Services.

Security Services.

Other Auxiliary Services.

15. School Business Administration Perspectives.

Fiscal and Economic Perspectives.

The Centralization/Decentralization Dichotomy.

Site-Based Management.

Personal Skills for School Business Administrators.


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