By: Mike Hagerty, CFO, MSBO Immediate Past President, Asst. Superintendent, Administrative Services, Kent ISD
If you walked away from the MSBO Conference a few weeks ago in “information overload” you weren’t alone. For me, the conference is always a great reminder of how much I still don’t know about education and how much more I need to learn. I was keeping notes on all the information I haven’t had a chance to read yet and plan to read this summer when I have a little down time. Here are my five must reads this summer…
- David Arson: Michigan School Finance At The Crossroads – if you read nothing else this summer, this one is a must! No matter if you are in food service, facilities or finance, this is a good read. Our profession needs to embrace this work and spread the message on the lack of funding in public education. While 91 pages in length, it’s a rather simple read. Plus, some of the sections can be skipped as you already know the research. But don’t skip the section on comparing MI to the other 49 states, it’s a must read. RECOMMENDATION: read this document while enjoying a nice breakfast and stiff cup of coffee while camping or at the cottage.
- School Finance Research Collaborative – another must read, this one is certainly deep in research. At 358 pages, I’m guessing many of you don’t get through the entire document. I’d suggest you skip to page 219 which is “Results and Recommendations.” This body of work won the Friend of Education Award at the MSBO Conference and has been embraced by the Governor and many others. I’d strongly encourage you to become familiar with this research as it’s the first time we have ever seen the true cost of educating a student. RECOMMENDATION: read this document while on a plane or in the car. If nothing else, it might help you catch up on some sleep!
- ORS CAFR Report – I love this report and look forward to its release every year. It’s probably more geared for the financial junkies out there. At 118 pages, many that you can skip, it’s a rather easy read. I’m guessing if you read through it once you will learn five things about our retirement system that you never knew. And, if for some reason you don’t like it, you have a good start for your next campfire. RECOMMENDATION: read this document while relaxing in a lawn chair next to the campfire with your favorite summer beverage.
- Kay Frances: The Funny Thing About Stress – Now that you have read through three deep research documents, it’s time to laugh and relax. Kay is just down right funny and her book about a seriously humorous guide to a happier life is a must read. And, who doesn’t need a happier life and a few laughs! For those of you that missed it, Kay was the keynote speaker at the MSBO Conference. RECOMMENDATION: read this book any place this summer…at the beach, in the car, at the campfire or on the boat.
- A map – that’s right, a paper map. Grab your spouse/significant other/best friend, drop your phone and hit the road. These jobs are stressful, and we all need a break. You need some time to decompress, to re-energize, and to have some fun. Take an unplanned trip up the Michigan coast, go visit a friend you haven’t seen in years, or just drive until you get lost. It doesn’t matter where you go, just go have some fun. RECOMMENDATION: just do it!
Hope everyone has a great summer!!
Other Articles in this Newsletter
- Awards are a Highlight of MSBO Annual Conference
- Become a Crucial Part of Your School’s Administrative Team
- Business Manager/CPA Workshop – June 5
- Comments from the President
- Financial Statement Preparation Workshop – June 4
- MSBO Annual Golf Outing
- MSBO Update
- Need To Catch Up on Your SCECHS?
- Robert Dwan Named MSBO Deputy Executive Director
- Welcome New Members