Adult and Veteran Educational Outreach
Clark J. Godshall, Ed.D., RSBA
Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)
Medina, New York
What began as elementary school students’ desire to help local homeless and disabled veterans blossomed into a collaboration among education providers, community-based organizations, veterans’ agencies, and the public to bring awareness to and help the vast number of veterans in the county in need of food, shelter, skills, and support. The result was the development and implementation of several initiatives to reach out to veterans and their families, including a continuing education adult literacy program.
Bringing Predictability for Healthcare Costs to the Budget Process
Michael G. Frank, CPA, MBA, SDA
Assistant Superintendent for Business
New Hyde Park – Garden City Park UFSD
New Hyde Park, New York
The district ends its fiscal year on June 30, but its main healthcare provider provides premium updates on a calendar-year basis, making budgeting for healthcare costs difficult. To bring predictability to the budget process, the district developed a budget process whereby for the first six months of the calendar year, the district shares the cost of insurance with the employee based on a percentage split; for the last six months, the district pays its percentage contribution based on a “presumed rate.” When the actual rate is established, the employee pays the difference.
Partnership for Creation of an Innovative Learning Space
Paul G. Harrell, CPA
Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Operations
North Kansas City Schools
Kansas City, Missouri
Innovation Campus is a flexible, open, shared environment that houses North Kansas City Schools’ gifted education program. Opened in 2016, it is the district’s first space dedicated specifically to gifted students’ learning. The campus grew from a partnership between the city of Gladstone, the school district, and Northwest Missouri State University. The city financed and built the campus and the district rents the needed space. The new environment is technology-rich, giving students opportunities to pursue their interests in areas such as STEAM, animation, robotics, and 3-D printing.
Financing 21st Century Technology with the Help of Rebates
Chief Financial Officer
Mount Vernon Community School Corporation
Purchasing almost 4,000 devices as part of a 1:1 initiative and updating Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation’s infrastructure on a short timeline required a $2.5 million investment. A strategy that entailed taking out a four-year $2.5 million loan from a local bank and offsetting most of the interest through a credit card 1% cash-back rebate program. The district worked with the bank, credit card company, and vendors to set up a process whereby the district could make large purchases with its credit card, thus taking advantage of the rebate program. Between 2015 and 2016, the district received almost $71,000 in cash back from the program—which helps the district to further expand the technology program.