The Mystery in School Finances: Discovering Answers in Community-Based Budgeting

The Mystery in School Finances: Discovering Answers in Community-Based Budgeting

by Matthew Malinowski
     
 

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There are critical roles in the budget process for the Superintendent, Finance Officer, and internal and external stakeholders. The superintendent functions similar to a Chief Executive Officer; they are the main go-between for the board of directors and the district. Providing a vision for the school district as a whole is critical, as well as working to ensure…  See more details below

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There are critical roles in the budget process for the Superintendent, Finance Officer, and internal and external stakeholders. The superintendent functions similar to a Chief Executive Officer; they are the main go-between for the board of directors and the district. Providing a vision for the school district as a whole is critical, as well as working to ensure community engagement provides a comprehensive 360-degree perspective – which in turn drives the budget process to ensure it reflects the community served.

School budgets, regardless of geography, follow state procedures for both development and final approval. These perfunctory tasks include putting a budget on display for viewing – receipt of public comment and a vote. What this book seeks to provide are ideas for incorporating ongoing community discussion and dialogue on the budget process. This book additionally provides insight and information unto the budget process that drives all school decisions.

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher M. Berdnik
Public engagement is the currency of smart school business management. Malinowski provides a practical roadmap for guiding your district to solid fiscal standing in the worst of times.
Amy F. Sichel
In Matthew Malinowski's new text, he provides an informative and candid review of key elements for school districts to have a productive budget development process culminating in a well-developed school budget. Mr. Malinowski clearly articulates that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and clarifies straightforward practices for school districts to use, including community dialogue in the budget development process. For readers with a sincere interest in public education and school budgets, this book is a must read!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475809893
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/21/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
90
File size:
193 KB

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Meet the Author

Matthew Malinowski holds an M.P.A from the University of Pittsburgh. He has over thirteen years experience in government to include finance-based consulting, procedural reforms, and strategic planning. Currently as Director of Business Affairs at the School District of Cheltenham Township, contiguous with Philadelphia, PA, he oversees transportation, food service, budgeting, financial reporting, and taxes.

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