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
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Course Descriptions
Labor Relations/Employment Law (6 hours): Understand the major state and federal employment laws that apply to public schools. Learn about collective bargaining, wage and hour, discrimination, COBRA, Family Medical Leave Act and other state and federal retirement issues.
Payroll and Related Personnel Issues (3 hours): Understand the laws and regulations related to payroll function, including state and federal payroll laws and regulations, pertinent tax regulations, employee retirement plans, practical aspects of completing a payroll, and electronic check deposits.
Preparing Your Financial Picture (12 hours) (formerly Revenue, Expenditures, and Budgeting Part I and II): A chief financial officer’s predominant job focus is preparing, managing, and executing a school district’s budget. Understand the application of enrollment projections, budget assumptions in developing a budget as well as major revenues and expenses that comprise a school budget. Learn practical ways to amend budgets, presentation of budgets to staff, the board of education, and community. Group work will focus on building a budget, sharing details, and simulating board and community presentations of a budget. Details of a school district’s yearly audit process will also be highlighted.
Principles of Education (3 hours): Understand the educational process, culture of schools, major learning theories, teaching methodologies, school improvement, design of in-service programs,and the structure and function of the principalship.
Property Tax Overview (6 hours): With the ever-changing environment of property tax laws, rules and regulations, do you have the latest information? Learn the basics of how property taxes affect your district’s funding, as well as a more advanced look at specific tax and other tax financing methods. Forms used for levying your district millages, how the levy impacts the State Aid calculation and details on how to reconcile your overall tax revenues is part of this workshop. Presenters include property tax experts and school practitioners and content is geared for both K-12 and ISDs.
Purchasing Overview (3 hours): Learn the basics of performing purchasing functions, including related Michigan laws, the structure of a purchasing operation, electronic and cooperative purchasing, bidding, reviewing contracts, lease-purchase options, and “partnerships.”
Strategic Planning (3 hours): A strategic plan helps a district achieve its mission and goals. Learn to identify short- and long-term goals in all areas of school district management. Explore the development of strategic, financial goals by examining current research, best practices, and data sets. Also, learn how to create a budget to meet these goals. Learn how to facilitate the strategic planning process and assist in the implementation, monitoring, reporting, evaluation, and revision of a strategic plan.
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.
Technology for the Business Manager (3 hours): Learn how to develop long range technology planning, while assigning appropriate specifications for technology purchasing. Other topics include: technology infrastructure contracting for the school district, evaluating the cost benefits of producing information in relation to organizational value, and ensuring that appropriate security is maintained.
Transportation for the Business Manager (3 hours): The basic structure and function of a transportation department, equipment supply and purchase, and laws related to transportation.
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).