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  • Leadership | The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers who have made extraordinary contributions to their schools and exemplify exceptional integrity, knowledge and motivation. At the ...

  • CEO Notebook | No distance long or short should divide you from finance and operations help when you need it.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO “Don’t let any business officer reinvent ...

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  • Financial Management | It doesn’t have to be an exercise in frustration. Tips from a 20-year audit veteran. From the July/August 2018 Net Assets magazine Article by Melissa Woodin, The Hotchkiss School ...

  • Leadership   | The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to independent school business officers who have made an extraordinary contribution to their schools, as nominated by their colleagues. Congratulations ...

  • Independent school attorneys lay out the basics on a growing list of issues that could challenge every school—if they aren’t already. From the July/August 2018  Net Assets magazine The following is an excerpt ...

  • Risk Management | Independent school attorneys lay out the basics on a growing list of issues that could challenge every school—if they aren’t already. From the July/August 2018 Net Assets magazine The ...

  • CEO Notebook | Business officers have long undertaken myriad “other duties as assigned.” Campus communicator is one that could pay dividends this summer. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ...

  • Risk Management | Independent school attorneys lay out the basics on a growing list of issues that could challenge every school—if they aren’t already. From the July/August 2018  Net Assets magazine The ...

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  • Risk Management | When it comes to weaknesses in schools’ internal controls, these CPAs have seen it all. Here’s how to protect your school’s finances, reputation and future. Interview by Leah Thayer From ...

  • Leadership | "I am able to speak to you because I avoided numbers in school... I am able to speak English because I was bad at math," said Yong Zhao , a world-renowned thought-leader on technology and globalization's ...

  • Risk Management | For independent schools at risk of an earthquake, the uncertainty is unsettling — and the risk potentially disastrous. Article by Cheryl McDowell, Bolton & Company This article originally ...

  • CEO Notebook | If we continue to define personalized learning by student-to-teacher ratios or class size, we will erode  independent schools'  distinct value proposition . Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA ...

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  • Projections | Independent schools aren’t “soft targets” that need to be hardened. We are learning communities that need to be safe for our students. From the May/June 2018 Net Assets magazine   Jeffrey Shields, ...

  • Leadership | A lifelong love for soccer has strengthened this business officer’s connection to his independent school, first as a student-athlete and now as a staff member-coach. Article by David Fahey, The ...

  • Leadership | The 2018 recipient of the Ken White Distinguished Business Officer Award says a key to her success at independent schools has been her network of generous business officers. “The business office can ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | Jeff Shields speaks with EMA's Peter Baron about business officers' opportunities to help shore up independent school enrollment . NetAssets.org web exclusive How are independent ...

  • Financial Management | NetAssets.org web exclusive Not all provisions in early versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that worried independent schools made it into law, but a few did. One change that could ...

  • Financial Management | Independent school endowment returns rose regardless of school size. Article by Mary Kay Markunas From the May/June 2018 Net Assets magazine Study Snapshot  213 schools ...

  • CEO Notebook | You cannot be the best resource on everything at your school. Instead, connect your staff to multiple resources, and they're more likely to perform well.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President ...

  • Human Resources | A careful self-audit of your wage-and-hour program may be a better step than inviting the DOL into your school for this program. By James E. Fagan, Offit Kurman James E. Fagan Principal, ...

  • Facilities | NBOA 2018 Annual Meeting presentation materials available to  attendees now and to all NBOA members in June. Worries about rising tuition and changing demographics resulting in fewer ...

  • Risk Management | Rising incidence of campus violence moves an uncomfortable discussion to the fore. Article by David Marcus, de Toledo High School From the May/June 2018 Net Assets magazine We try ...

  • Risk Management | A comprehensive plan that enables a school’s core offerings to continue after an emergency can not only save time and money during the recovery, but also foster community and connections. ...

  • Human Resources | Schools re-examine their practices for preventing sexual harassment in the era of #MeToo. “If people do come forward and we don’t do anything, we are de facto condoning the behavior. As a result, ...

  • CEO Notebook | Stand-out books on governance, personalized learning and institutional innovation may help you reflect on the year behind and those ahead. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ...

  • Facilities | Schools uncover new strategies for making dining a winner — nutritionally, reputationally and financially. Article by Leah Thayer From the May/June 2018 Net Assets magazine The Bottom ...

  • Human Resources | Transgender individuals make up just 0.6 percent of the population, but schools should prepare policies to address them because of potential complications involving accommodations as well as a ...

  • Leadership | Taking the feedback hike together: How parent surveys improved leadership, staff unity, student outcomes and enrollment. Article by Penny B. Evins, St. Paul School for Girls From the May/June ...

  • Human Resources | Article by Grace H. Lee, Esq. Two Department of Labor opinion letters issued April 12 provide clarity on issues that often perplex independent schools in relation to the Family and Medical ...

  • Facilities | Imaginative and strategic repurposing of underused spaces shows how modest budgets can strengthen enrollment, reinforce mission.  Article by Stacey Freed From the May/June 2018 Net Assets magazine ...