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What is the Business Manager Academy?

MSBO has partnered with skilled past and present business managers to share their knowledge and experience in school finance. The Academy is designed for those who want to gain in-depth, practical, “hands-on” working knowledge in school finance. Coupled with individual mentoring opportunities, the program will assist participants in their positions, and as part of an overall school district administrative team.

The 2017-18 academy has already begun.

Pilot program host sites:

For the pilot programs, priority will be given to applicants in BMA regions 1 and 2. (Click on the image below to enlarge.)

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The Academy consists of:

  • 11 class sessions
  • Online technical content provided for advanced self-study
  • Facilitated “in-person” work sessions designed to foster skills through “real-world” case examples
  • Individual mentoring opportunities to allow for personalized professional support
  • MSBO certification credit available and college credit may be available pending approval
  • SCECHs and college credit will be awarded pending approval

Topics for discussion include:

  • Budgeting
  • Cash flow and borrowing
  • Working relations with unions, board members, superintendent, staff, and public including presentations, communication, and navigating various political situations in ways that allow the district to move forward
  • Auditing and accounting topics
  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements
  • Facilities, Transportation, Technology and Curriculum Topics
  • Working with outside agencies and government organizations
  • Other topics as brought forth from participants or related to current issues

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Michigan School Business Officials
1001 Centennial Way - Suite 200, Lansing MI 48917
msbo@msbo.org (517) 327-5920