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  • updated December 11 / As the massive wildfires in southern California continue to burn, hundreds of schools remain closed, including some that had been designated as safe havens for others. Among recent responses, the ...

  • CEO Notebook | Our facilities colleagues have a lot to teach us. Bring them to the decision-making table sooner rather than later. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Makerspaces, building ...

  • Financial Management | The final version of the GOP tax bill will likely contain at least some new legislation that could harm the financial health of independent schools. The Senate bill, passed early Saturday ...

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  • Technology | Are teachers actually using the ed tech tools your school supports? Article by Jason Ramsden, Ravenscroft School From the November/December 2017 Net Assets magazine LearnPlatform ...

  • Financial Management | Third-party businesses support schools as payment hubs for vendors. While independent schools have been shifting to online payment systems for tuition and enrollment, they’ve been a ...

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  • Scaling Back Overtime Pay On August 31, a federal judge in Texas struck down the Obama-era federal overtime rules that would have raised the minimum salary level for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards ...

  • Financial Management | More NBOA coverage of tax legislation Tax Overhaul's Impact on Independent Schools Still Uncertain Tax Bills Extend 529-Type Plans to K-12 Schools Encouraged ...

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  • CEO Notebook | How do you lead strategy when you’re expected primarily to solve problems?  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO How do you get everyone to take ownership in shared challenges? How ...

  • Financial Management | Article by Jennifer Osland Hillen With pressure on to pass tax reform, the GOP-led House and the Senate have proposed legislation that could impact independent schools in several ways ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | From continuous enrollment contracts to on-time discounts, schools are finding more ways to modernize and streamline the annual re-enrollment drama. Article by Stacey Freed ...

  • Human Resources | Schools with 50 or more employees could receive assessments for even a single instance of non-compliance. For the first time, the IRS has begun enforcement of the employer mandate under the ...

  • Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the release of the Senate plan and the response of NBOA and associated organizations to both GOP plans. Independent schools are taking a wary look at provisions ...

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  • Projections | Clear demonstrations of mutual respect are the starting point to bringing faculty to the side of finding long-term financial solutions. From the November/December 2017   Net Assets magazine ...

  • 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 | A call to action in support of data-driven decision-making. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Three years ago, the NBOA Board of Directors began work in partnership ...

  • Financial Management | Tuition deductions, housing allowances among tax-free benefits on chopping block. Updates:  NBOA and the National Association of Independent Schools  issued a joint advisory on November ...

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  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | Flexible payment options can help ensure a reliable flow of tuition dollars — but disclosure requirements apply. Article by Susan E. Schorr, McLane Middleton From the November/December ...

  • Leadership | The benefits of internal leadership succession are too great for schools to ignore. Article by Josh Cobb, Graland Country Day School From the November/December 2017   Net Assets magazine ...

  • Facilities | From the archives: Sensible tips that take the whole campus into account. Article by Lawrence Eighmy, The Stone House Group This article originally appeared in the May/June 2015  Net ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | Six trends in managing financial aid and the families who request it. Many of today’s parents place less value on “the frills” of traditional independent schools, complicating the ...

  • Financial Management | Drawing on extensive data analysis and in-depth, campus-wide discussions, leaders at Greenhill School are on a five-year path toward reducing costs, increasing revenue and sustaining a ...

  • Financial Management | From the archives: The IRS took a closer look at independent schools’ Form 990s, employee fringe benefits and more in the 2015–2016 school year. Article by Steve Hoffman This ...

  • Financial Management | Robust enrollment remains critical — but the real emphasis (for a growing number of schools) is net tuition revenue. Results: improved enrollment, net revenue and overall financial stability. ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | Veteran independent school marketers discuss the importance of a school’s website in enrollment management, targeted recruitment and retention. Interview by Stacey Freed ...

  • 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 | A pricing and tuition study can shed light on the changes your school may need to make. Lessons from Exeter. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO I’m pleased to share ...

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  • Human Resources | 2020 is years away, but now is the time for schools to ensure 403(b) plan compliance — on paper as well as operationally. It’s time for schools to take action in regard to employees' retirement ...

  • Financial Management | This small school overcame multiple challenges and expects a bright future under a strategic partnership between the head of school and business officer, now in their third year of working ...

  • Risk Management | From the archives: Mitigating the risk of TBI: As injuries, awareness and claims increase, schools get serious about reducing traumatic brain injuries — and supporting students’ healthy recoveries. ...

  • Leadership | Keep close to nature's heart ... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.  —John Muir Article by Rebecca Rowland,  Campbell ...