Unraveling the Mystery of School Finance Workshop

About the Workshop

Educational leaders in California have an opportunity to leverage our state funding for the programs and services that we value the most at the local level. The supplemental and concentration grant funds can have broad application to support our children with the greatest needs. And, after several years of significant funding increases, today’s decisions are even more critical as revenues are beginning to flatten and resources for ongoing programs are likely to become more scarce.

The leaders who have the greatest success with this model are the ones who best understand its challenges and opportunities. The purpose of this workshop is to take the complexities of school finance and distill them so that superintendents and ther top administrators of local educational agencies (LEAs) can use financial information for improved policy decisions. With many decades of experience in school agency finance and governance, top experts from the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) and School Services of California, Inc., have teamed up to bring this must-attend event for school agency nonfinancial administrators.

Workshop Content

The format of this three-hour workshop is specifically designed for superintendents and top administrators to focus on the critical aspects of understanding your LEA’s finances in order to improve policy decision making. Topics include:

  • A planning and budget development cycle that fosters the connection from educational goals and strategies in the Local Control and Accountability Plan to budget items
  • Determining a healthy reserve and communicating about reserves to stakeholders
  • Understanding multiyear financial projections and evaluating your financial status
  • How to plan for staffing needs and the budget impact of staffing decisions
  • The latest in collective bargaining and strategies for managing the financial impact
  • Monitoring and controlling the budget to avoid surprises
  • Best observed practices in school financial management and how to stay out of trouble

Presented by

Michael Fine, Chief Executive Officer
Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team

Michelle Giacomini,
Deputy Executive Officer
Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team

John Gray,
School Services of California, Inc.

Sheila G. Vickers, Vice President
School Services of California, Inc.


SSC Clients:

$235 per attendee
$335 per attendee

Program Begins:
Program Ends:
8:30 AM
9:00 AM
12:00 PM

Dates and Locations
October 25, 2019   Yolo County Office of Education  
October 30, 2019   Santa Clara County Office of Education  
October 31, 2019   Corona Norco Unified School District Learning Center  
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