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Creating a Culture of Innovation

September 9, 2016

"So how do independent school stakeholders perceive their roles in innovation, and what obstacles do they face in creating school communities that meet future needs?" Ari Pinkus asks in her blog post, Board, Administrators, and Teachers Grapple with the Need to Innovate. Her article then reports on the NAIS's Innovation Task Force and their work with board members, administrators, and teachers about their motivations and frustrations around innovation. Pinkus concluded, "In distilling interviews with key stakeholders, it's clear that for innovation to have impact, it must be a social endeavor rooted in the mutual trust of all members in a school community."

As I was reading the article, I enjoyed hearing about how school leadership teams are creating a culture of innovation in their schools. I loved hearing about how teachers are bringing innovation into the classroom. I was inspired about how boards are supporting innovation in a variety of ways. I kept thinking, "What about the business office? How is the business office involved in the innovation process and important initiatives of independent schools?" And, "how can we be a part of those conversations?"

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2016 Data Survey Underway!

August 19, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to peruse the Friday Flyer this week! I know how difficult it is to find a few minutes to check email and phone messages this time of year. I also know that this is a very exciting time for all of you as you prepare for a new academic year and the return of students and staff to campus. My hope is that you were able to take some time to recharge with family and friends, and that all of your summer projects were accomplished or are at the stage where they will be completed by opening day!

We at PAISBOA have been working on some important projects and preparing for the "start" of our new year, as well. By now you should have received the (3) links to the PAISBOA Annual Data Survey from Measuring Success and some collateral information from our office. If you have questions about the PAISBOA Annual Data Survey, please contact Emily Miller. Participation in the PAISBOA Annual Data Survey is one of the major benefits of your membership!!! The results and analysis of the data will support your school's benchmarking efforts and helps promote data- driven decision-making for your school leadership.

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Zero-Based Budgeting

APRIL 7, 2017

Last week the business officer listserv lit up with a simple question about budgets. On the surface, budgeting seems like a simple process, but we all know that there is nothing simple about the budget process in our schools. Carol Lerner from the Philadelphia School offered to share the forms she uses with her colleagues, and you would have thought she invented chocolate!!! Everyone wanted a copy of the forms, but as Carol confirmed, the forms are not the magic in all of this, "I would say the form is not what makes zero-based budgeting successful. The success is due to the meetings that I have with budget owners at the beginning of the planning process and throughout the year."

Carol will be leading a one-hour Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 26 at 11:00 am to share her knowledge of zero-based budgeting and the process she uses to educate her community leaders to develop and track their budgets. All are welcome to join this discussion.

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Introducing Aggie Malter

July 22, 2016

It is with great excitement that I introduce myself to you as the new executive director of PAISBOA! I believe in Independent School education and know that all of us are passionate about ensuring students learn, grow and thrive in our schools. I understand the complexities and challenges that our schools are facing from my work with accreditation and know that financial sustainability is paramount for all of our member schools.

As I complete my third week here, I want you to know that we are here and we are listening! I attended my first board meeting, met with many of our members and partners, as well as some of our vendors and consultants. Here is what I know so far: PAISBOA is a multifaceted, robust association that is 180 members strong and growing. Our board, committees, and staff are committed to supporting all aspects of business office operations from finance and facilities to HR and insurance. Our vendors and consultants are knowledgeable and understand independent schools.

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