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  • 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 ...

  •   Risk Management | Rising toll of student stress, anxiety and depression adds to urgency of schools’ risk-mitigation practices. Article by Donna Davis From the May/June 2019 Net Assets magazine Junior ...

  • Risk Management | It’s a job, not a vacation. Back to basics on supervision and school trips. Article by Susan E. Schorr,  McLane Middleton From the May/June 2019 Net Assets magazine A story about ...

  • Technology | A school’s online safety requires vigilance from every department. From phishing scams to data loss to outside vendors misusing remote access, the digital world is rife with risk for schools. But, ...

  • Facilities | School facilities are notorious for hiding their true costs. A total cost of ownership approach can help you avoid surprises and make decisions that pay off years down the line. Article by Cecily ...

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  • Facilities | With an affordable in-house audit, both your facilities team and your service providers will become more familiar with your campus and more invested in it too. Article by Dale Temple, Washington ...

  • CEO Notebook | Just enough transparency from the business office helps engage key stakeholders in important discussions, but too much can stifle participation and understanding. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE ...

  • Risk Management | How well a school handles a crisis may depend on six factors, including board relations, dedicated committees and defined roles. Crises at independent schools occur without warning, but you ...

  • Risk Management | Ensuring business continuity in the era of climate change requires thinking ahead to potential worst-case weather scenarios, and budgeting accordingly. Article by Stacey Freed From the ...

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  • Leadership | McKinley Advisors identifies what top-performing organizations have in common. Organizations that earn high marks from those they serve focus on member needs and are driven by humble, data-oriented ...

  • Risk Management | Teachers and students should be at the center of school security training, and empowered (not intimidated) for the most effective results. “School safety is an education issue that happens to ...

  • CEO Notebook | Conversations around school mergers have shifted from reactive to proactive. It’s not about failure, but rather preparing for the future. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ...

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  • Risk Management | When a sexual harassment claim hits a school, pressure to react fast can be intense. To protect all stakeholders, schools should investigate and take action well before a crisis arrives.     ...

  • Leadership | The long-ago gift of a high-quality camera keeps on giving to this business officer, aided in part by his love of travel, nature and family. Article by Chuck McCullagh, Williston Northampton School ...

  • Leadership | A momentous school anniversary can provide opportunities to rekindle alumni relations, build connections among current students and strengthen town-gown relationships. Article by Joe Williams, ...

  • CEO Notebook | Between the whirlwind activities of March and May, take some time to think strategically in April.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO For this issue of CEO Notebook, ...

  • Leadership | The traditional independent school model is under threat. The case for clearly defining, differentiating and delivering a very different value proposition. Interview by Leah Thayer From the ...

  • Risk Management | The unique challenges associated with after-school, evening and weekend activities merit additional considerations. Article by Brandon Perry, Phoenix Country Day School   From the March/April ...

  • Financial Management | Look closer. Could there be untapped income opportunities in your facilities, your programs, your operating cash and reserves? Article by Leah Thayer From the March/April 2019 Net ...

  • Leadership | Independent schools are moving beyond strategy sessions and implementing substantial changes, said NBOA President and CEO Jeff Shields in a recent podcast. Leaders at independent schools aren’t just ...

  • Projections | The threats are real. So are the resources, tools, knowledge and expertise that will help you address them. From the March/April 2019 Net Assets magazine Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA ...

  • CEO Notebook | In San Diego, we learned that bringing creativity, passion and play into a routine of discipline and focus pays off. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO I’m still coasting ...

  • Financial Management | Near and distant changes to not-for-profit audits should provide greater transparency and consistency in describing school finances. “It’s an opportunity to pause and consider things from ...

  • Financial Management | Reconciling every accounting fund every month may sound onerous, but it saves time and headaches down the line — especially during the annual audit. Article by Jayme Karolyi, The Shipley ...

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  • Financial Management | From bridge financing to a unique co-location partnership, schools’ construction financing strategies reveal new levels of creativity, resourcefulness and fiscal prudence. Article by Stacey ...