Facilities Director (CFD)

Established in 1998, the MSBO Voluntary Certification Program supports the ongoing professional development of school business officials. The program is a mark of distinction that reflects professional achievement and demonstrates a person’s dedication to his/her profession.

MSBO’s Certification Program Benefits:

  • Provides access to information needed to succeed in your job
  • Offers practical overviews of key areas of law, regulations and practices
  • Identifies resources for in-depth and additional information that may be utilized at a later time
  • Assures a quality curriculum is developed and monitored by the MSBO Professional Development Committee
  • Uses experienced practitioners to teach classes
  • Offers seminars at regular intervals and reasonable prices
  • Uses adult learning principles and provides a learning environment where colleagues can share experiences and information


Contact Courtney Byam at 517.327.5937;
or Debbie Kopkau at 517.327.2587.

Facilities Director (CFD) Course Descriptions

Performance Evaluations for Personnel (3 hours): Learn how and when to evaluate employees, what documentation should be placed in the employee’s file and what type of follow-up should be completed. Examine discipline, discharge, and the probationary employee terms.

Principles of Budgeting (Formerly Budget) (3 hours): Learn principles of school budgeting and explain methods of establishing and maintaining a facilities or an operations budget. This session will also discuss major budget pressures that schools face, the role of collective bargaining in the budget, and how the public can affect the local school budget.

Principles of Education (3 hours): Understand the educational process, culture of schools, major learning theories, teaching methodologies, school improvement, design of inservice programs, and the structure and function of the principalship.

Purchasing Overview (3 hours): Basics of the purchasing function, including: related laws for bidding and purchasing; purchasing options; lease purchase, partnerships, cooperative and performance contracting; and an overview of contract administration, reviewing contracts, and record keeping.

Systems – HVAC, Electrical, and Technology (3 hours): An overview of different systems and their components, and the working relationship between the different systems.

Team Leadership (3 hours): Learn how to match your leadership style with the culture of the organization. Matching leadership style to the cultural landscape will allow you to increase your productivity, decrease communication problems and strengthen your conflict management skills.

Utilities and Energy Efficiency (3 hours): Overview of the gas and electric utilities, including: services provided and deregulation; discussion of energy conservation options; and a method of financing.

Wrap-up/Ethics (2 hours): Celebrate completion of your certification program! Reflect on what you have learned and your role in the educational process and your school district. This class can be taken only if you are two classes or less from completing your certification (not counting the Wrap-Up/Ethics Session).

Elective (6 hours): Any course taken that is not required in this track, but is required in another.

Total class time is 56 hours. Continuing Education hours are 90 hours within a five-calendar-year period.

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