Budgeting for Outcomes

As budgets these days tighten and the public’s scrutiny mounts, traditional budgeting, which focuses on costs rather than results, no longer works. When you budget for costs, you get more of them. What many school districts don’t realize is that they need innovation and accountability for results in order to win the local public’s support … Continue reading Budgeting for Outcomes

Challenging the Status Quo Pays Big Rewards for One Vermont School District

“In government, as in most realms of life, we find it safer and easier to do what we've always done, simply because we've always done it. Only on rare occasions, usually at times of crisis, do we step back to gain a broader perspective, erase all our preconceived ideas and routine behaviors, and take a … Continue reading Challenging the Status Quo Pays Big Rewards for One Vermont School District

IRS Regulation 6050W

During a recent trip to a school district in the mid-Atlantic, I overheard two AP clerks lamenting the difficulties they were having in getting the 1099-MISC forms out the door in a timely fashion.  Being new to procurement cards, they were sifting through a number of transactions made to vendors with only a casual association … Continue reading IRS Regulation 6050W

Are my software systems talking to each other?

How can the purchase of a new cell phone teach us a key lesson about acquiring K-12 technology? My recent transition from the iPhone to the Razor illustrates the challenge our clients face when replacing Student Information Systems, ERP Financial/HR applications, and Student Transportation software: configuring our applications to communicate with each other is vital … Continue reading Are my software systems talking to each other?

Consolidation, KPIs, Efficiency – then what?

Recently, the Lake Placid News ran an article reporting that two small districts in upstate New York - Lake Placid and Saranac Lake - were going to explore options for funding a consolidation study. A discussion at a joint meeting of the two schools boards teased out the idea that a third district – Tupper … Continue reading Consolidation, KPIs, Efficiency – then what?

Ouch, where has my support payment gone?

I recently purchased a new cell phone and the experience made me think about K-12 software. For two years I made monthly payments to my cell phone service provider (whose 4G speed is faster than the others, but that is a blog for someone else). These payments, in my opinion, were not insignificant. I paid … Continue reading Ouch, where has my support payment gone?