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ERIC Number: EJ1016275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2155-9635
Strategies to Maintain School District Financial Solvency: Illinois School Business Officials' Recommendations
Williams, Ann C.; Kersten, Thomas A.
International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, v8 n2 p94-110 Oct 2013
The purpose of this study was to identify financial management strategies that school business officials have found most successful in achieving school district financial stability. To accomplish, 208 Illinois school business officials in six counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties, excluding Chicago School District 299, were asked to complete a qualitative online survey. One hundred and thirty-five completed responses were received, which resulted in a 65% response rate. In addition, three survey participants, who had lead their school districts from financial difficulty to solvency, were interviewed to further probe survey responses. The study identified 122 financial management strategies that school business officials should consider to maintain financial solvency in school districts. Those mentioned most often included communicating effectively with stakeholders and updating financial projections regularly. Respondents also noted the importance of: (1) Managing collective bargaining agreements/proposals and their implications; (2) Creating and adhering to long range financial plan; (3) Creating and maintaining balanced budgets; (4) Staying current with economic information at the local, state, and federal levels; (5) Meeting with their service providers to discuss possible cost reduction options; (6) Becoming active in Illinois ASBO, which provides professional development and networking opportunities to school business officials nationwide; (7) Spending time gaining a more thorough understanding of their districts finances before making any changes; and (8) Collaborating with stakeholders to ensure sound decision making occurs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois
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