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  • CEO Notebook | Many of the costliest risks to independent schools involve people. By avoiding distractions and complacency, business officers can lead their communities to safety. From the July/August 2018 Net ...

  • CEO Notebook | Our vision includes supporting excellence in business operations and the business officer as a thought leader within independent schools.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ...

  • Leadership | For 35 years, this business officer has mixed tried-and-true tactics with innovative solutions. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers who have made extraordinary ...

  • Risk Management | Launching a campus-wide risk management program may seem daunting, but with attention to leadership, resources and communication, any school can get started. Article by Cecily Garber ...

  • Financial Management | Once the province of colleges and universities, the CFI has helped early adopters in independent schools plan for long-term stability and communicate financial priorities. Article by Mary ...

  • Risk Management | Why conduct a comprehensive risk audit? Because a school can never be too prepared. “I would rather do 10 false-alarm lockdowns than have somebody be afraid to call a lockdown.” Article by ...

  • Risk Management | With more parents sending their kids to and from school in ride-share vehicles, schools wonder what their liability might be if a child is harmed using such services. Article by Julie Strom ...

  • Risk Management | Vaping and drug use are increasing nationwide. Update your student handbook and develop an appropriate policy. From the July/August 2018  Net Assets magazine The following is an excerpt ...

  • Risk Management | A visually impaired student requests to bring a service dog to school. Her teacher is severely allergic to animal hair. What do you do? From the July/August 2018  Net Assets magazine The ...

  • Risk Management | Managing relationships between schools and parents is becoming more, not less, difficult, while exchange programs and stays with host families are increasingly the norm.  From the July/August ...

  • Leadership | Through major construction projects and leadership transitions, Botello has been a steady hand and strategic thinker. "Juan is always the first phone call I make when I am faced with an issue that ...

  • CEO Notebook | It's tempting to chase "the next big thing," but focusing on the core reasons students and parents choose your school will likely produce better results. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President ...

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  • Risk Management | Don’t let powerful board dissenters, loose-lipped gossips or simply poor preparation hijack your school’s principles or plans when so much is on the line. Article by David Wolowitz, McLane ...

  • Financial Management | Evergreen School's auxiliary programs were strong, but the business processes were ad hoc. How careful teamwork grew a million dollar operation.  Photo courtesy of Evergreen School ...

  • Risk Management | Consider everything from new construction to the fall return of faculty and students. Article by Carlos Sanchez, Viewpoint School From the July/August 2018 Net Assets magazine Because ...

  • Risk Management | Craft a policy that can be explained alongside your mission, and you’ll find it easier to convey that it will strengthen your school’s core values . From the July/August 2018  Net Assets magazine ...

  • Leadership | A multi-year financial model that Austin created helped the preschool plan for strategic initiatives that boosted revenue 15 percent growth. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business ...

  • 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 ...

  • Risk Management | Aggressive pay-equity laws are on the rise; wage-and-hour claims are booming; and employees and families increasingly use school handbook language to pursue legal claims against schools. From ...

  • Risk Management | States are enacting employee background check laws that apply as equally to independent schools as they do to public schools. From the July/August 2018 Net Assets magazine The following ...

  • 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 ...