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  • Facilities | Communication is key during busy summer months, fostering connections among different sides of the business office as well as staff and faculty members upon their return to campus. Article by ...

  • 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 ...

  • Facilities | When designing a shared school space, taking the time to collect different stakeholders’ perspectives in unbiased ways pays dividends. Article by Adena Dershowitz,  The Lycée Français de New York ...

  • Risk Management The longer a fraudster has been at a school, the larger the losses and the less likely he or she will be suspected. Knowing what motivates fraudsters can supplement internal controls in mitigating ...

  • CEO Notebook | Charitable giving by individuals declined last year and may continue to do so into the future. What does the trend mean for independent schools? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and ...

  • Human Resources | While federal law has done little to shrink the gender pay gap, more states have passed laws on comparable pay, which may impact school hiring practices. By Matthew D. Batastini and Sarah H. ...

  • Risk Management | No one on campus wants to consider what happens after the death of a colleague or their own passing, but preparing for the worst will help everyone in a time of grief. Article by Scott Allenby, ...

  • Human Resources | When a school undertakes a misconduct investigation, deciding who to call as a witness is not always clear. Three independent school lawyers weigh in. This piece is a supplement to the feature ...

  • Human Resources | Should your school face the dreaded day of a serious misconduct allegation, you will need to know what situations require an investigation, who can conduct one and what the outcomes might be. ...

  • Facilities | Collaborative processes can help ensure new campus facilities align with a school’s mission. Whether your school has acquired a new property, wants to replace aging facilities or build spaces for ...

  • Projections | Numerous factors are pushing independent school leaders to rethink our traditional business model, particularly tuition pricing and financial aid. Change is in the air. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE ...

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  • Facilities | Managing the infinite scenarios of transportation risk — from owning or outsourcing vehicles to corralling volunteer drivers —  requires time, expertise and financial resources to keep everyone safe. ...

  • CEO Notebook | As new business officers prepare to hit the ground running, they learn how school leaders at every stage of their career can drive change. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ...

  • Human Resources | When employees aren't meeting expectations, leaders must initiate what might be a difficult conversation. Doing so with courageous authenticity will help leaders have clear, honest and direct ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | Changing your school’s tuition strategy may seem risky, but adhering to a traditional model has its own hazards. Four tuition models to consider and case studies in context. ...

  • Financial Management | Many independent schools face financial challenges related to cash reserves, endowment depletion and operations. Finding ways to align enterprise considerations and investment strategies ...

  • Projections | From the archives: How can online learning simultaneously mitigate the financial pressures facing our schools and reinforce our ability to personalize the learning experience? This article originally ...

  • Leadership | Research on play shows that it’s vital to creative thinking. Business catalyst Kevin Carroll explained how productive play at work can inspire business officers to innovate.     “What happens when ...

  • CEO Notebook | A few tools can help school leaders and the board understand long-term school finances more clearly, talk more productively and act more proactively. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President ...

  • Financial Management | Article by Christopher S. Maynard, Klatzkin & Company LLP As we near the end of fiscal 2019, business officers can look back on a full year of implementing the (relatively) new ...

  • Facilities | Stuart Country Day School’s campus-as-lab program, led by the school’s facilities director, enables students to solve real-world problems — while helping administrators collect campus data. Feature ...

  • Leadership | The 2019 recipient of the Ken White Distinguished Business Officer Award credits some of his success to mentors and colleagues. But don’t mistake his modesty for a lack of ambition. Leadership “is ...

  • Leadership | This business officer can’t get enough of wood’s natural beauty or time in the workshop. Article by Stuart Guy, Crossroads Academy From the May/June 2019 Net Assets magazine Feature ...

  • CEO Notebook | Opportunities await to give back to your colleagues and the profession while growing leadership skills and gaining a national perspective. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ...

  • Risk Management | Given the emergence of new risks and the evolving school operating environment, now could be the time to revisit your organizational structure and carve out the resources to add a new position. ...

  • Projections | Building plans? Don’t wait until groundbreaking to engage with the neighbors. From the May/June 2019  Net Assets magazine Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO With summer ...

  • Leadership | Innovative, student-driven programs add value, enrich students, further school mission and attract new families. Feature image: The after-school programming team at Germantown Friends School in ...

  • Financial Management | Commonfund report also provides 10-year analysis going back to 2009, when returns averaged -18 percent. Article by Mary Kay Markunas From the May/June 2019 Net Assets magazine ...

  • Risk Management | Spending alone won’t make your school more secure. The most effective security strategies prioritize school culture. Article by  Dan Stephens,  Invictus Consulting, LLC From the May/June ...

  • CEO Notebook | Deep knowledge of many fields can help you handle an ever-expanding portfolio, but it can also limit your openness to new ways of thinking. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ...