As local education agencies, school districts are charged with educating students so that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be productive members of society as future adults. This goal is accomplished by providing an array of instructional and related services. To ensure that adequate resources are available for these services, a financial plan, or budget, must be in place. This book offers a roadmap for developing a school district budget, breaking an otherwise complex process down into a series of manageable steps. After going over general budgeting applications, concepts and techniques and providing a background in school district operations and finances, the book lays out a set of recommended procedures to take the budget from inception to completion. The book is intended for use by school business administrators, superintendents, school boards, and other school leaders as well as college students pursuing careers in public administration, business administration, or finance.
Christopher Ursu has been employed as a school district business official for 13 years and previously worked as a finance director at a nonprofit organization and adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration. He is a member of the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and has had articles published by both organizations.
You can reach the author's website here: chrisursu.com
Chapter 1 Budget Applications
Chapter 2 Statistical Measures and Methods
Chapter 3 School District Operations and Expenses
Chapter 4 Budgeting School District Expenses
Chapter 5 Budgeting School District Revenues
Chapter 6 The Budget Layout
Chapter 7 The Budgeting Process
Chapter 8 Small Town School District
Chapter 9 Stage 1 - Establish Goals, Parameters, and Plans
Chapter 10 Stage 2 - Develop the Personnel Budget
Chapter 11 Stage 3 - Develop the Non-Personnel Budget
Chapter 12 Stage 4 - Budget Miscellaneous Expenses and Add Contingency Allowance
Chapter 13 Stage 5 – Budget Revenues
Chapter 14 Stage 6 – Meet, Make Adjustments, and Finalize Budget
About the Author
The book offers a comprehensive dissection of a school district budget in PA. With his vast experience and keen insight Chris Ursu ensures it’s an excellent resource on budgeting for both veteran and new entrants to school business. Makes an interesting guide for other stakeholders in the budgeting process such as the school board and the community as well.
Navigating the Journey in Budgeting should be a “must have” reference book for every new Public School Business Manager especially those who may not have experience working in a public or nonprofit organization. Mr. Ursu explains clearly and in detail the components that must be considered when creating an annual budget and offers sound recommendations for procuring information for present and future planning. Each chapter is appropriately titled so that information about specific areas of the budget can be easily located. This book would also be of considerable value to school administrators responsible for departmental budgets, since it provides an excellent overview of the school budgeting process.
Navigating the Journey in Budgeting: Major Steps in Making a Complex Subject Manageable is the perfect resource for educational leaders that provides an overview of school operations and budgeting. This book simplifies the process into six stages that is easy to follow and will greatly benefit your organization.