ERIC Number: ED248575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Our Cost Control Program Is Real, and Good PR Too.
Harris, James; And Others
The cost control program of the Beaverton School District (Oregon) is presented in three sections. Reviewing the role of the school board in cost control development, Jean Holt (a board member) outlines the fiscal management system, long-range financial strategies, energy conservation, and utilization of facilities. The programs have resulted in a 20 percent reduction of fuel consumption by the district, savings of over 1 million dollars from the risk management program, vehicle refurbishment (instead of replacement), preventative maintenance, and strict inventory control. Basic concepts of the cost control program are reviewed by Zeno Katterle (assistant superintendent). They include: (1) a long-term, multi-year commitment; (2) sound management; (3) readiness to consider alternatives; (4) accuracy of information; (5) commitment of funds; and (6) official sanction for the program. The final section is presented by Steve Gray (manager of accounting services). Outlining the use of cost information, he describes five components: (1) the design of the program account structure, (2) the use of comparative and historical costs for projection, (3) trends and projections, (4) direct and indirect costs, and (5) the practical application of cost information. Hand-outs included with this document are: (1) the table of contents and introduction pages of a report on a summer workshop meeting, held June 19-20, 1981; (2) a copy of school board policies, dated September 27, 1982; (3) an outline of the Beaverton School District's long-range plan, dated June 13, 1983; (4) suggested guidelines and questions for budget request review, February 23, 1984; (5) long-range financial information for a school board summer workshop, held August 19-20, 1983; and (6) a March 6, 1984 summary of steps to take to develop more cost effective custodial and maintenance services. (MD)
Descriptors: Accounting, Budgeting, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Energy Conservation, Fuel Consumption, Maintenance, School Closing, Trend Analysis
Superintendent's Office, Washington County School District No. 48, P.O. Box 200, Beaverton, OR 97075.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Beaverton School District OR; Inventory Control
Note: Panel presentation to the National School Boards Association Convention (Houston, TX, March 31-April 3, 1984).