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    20-21 MoASBO School Operations Academy 

    Whether you are new to a position in school business, have recently taken on new responsibilities, or are looking to broaden your scope for career advancement, the MoASBO School Operations Academy is your one-stop shop for an introduction to key areas of school operations. This year-long program is designed as an entry-level training; but, it is also useful as a refresher for experienced business professionals.  MoASBO membership is required for all Academy participants.

     

    Who Should Attend:

    • New school operations administrative staff
    • School operations administrative staff about to take on a new area of responsibility
    • Established administrators looking for a refresher on the basics
    • New superintendents seeking a basic understanding of school business issues

     

    Benefits for You and Your School District:

    • Learn proven techniques from experienced practitioners
    • Gain ideas to create efficiencies and reduce costs
    • Exchange challenges and solutions with your peers
    • Build a network of contacts across the state

     

    Course Requirements:

    • Overview of Missouri School Finance     
    • Overview of School Business Operations
    • Business Ethics

    Accounting Track

    • Account Codes and the DESE Accounting Manual
    • Basics of Investing School Funds - Spring Conference session
    • Evaluating the Budget workshop (MoASBO/MASA workshop)
    • Budgeting Fundamentals

                             OR

    Human Resource /Payroll Track

    • Benefits Administration
    • Payroll Fraud Prevention
    • Labor Relations/Contract Administration
    • FLSA - Spring Conference session

    Conference Requirements:

    • Executive Finance Forum
    • Spring Conference

     

     

    Cost of Program:

    The charge for participation in the Academy is $600.  Participants select an area of emphasis: HR/Payroll Track or Accounting Track.

    Additional fees will be incurred for the forum and conference and any courses chosen from the alternate area of track. 

    Fees are non-refundable. Credit card is the preferred method of payment. Checks are also accepted and should be mailed to: MoASBO, 3550 Amazonas Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109

     

    Note: Course content, presenters, dates, times, locations and delivery method are subject to change at the discretion of the executive director.

     

    MoASBO School Operations Academy Curriculum

    Human Resource /Payroll Track

    Course Description

    Month Offered

    Labor Relations/Contract Administration

    The course will detail:

    A.    Administration of the collective bargaining contract in regards to discussion, grievances, complaints, salaries and wages, and benefits

    B.    The legal differences between an employee and an independent contractor

    C.    Issues related to at-will employees

    D.    Workers compensation

    E.    Job site discrimination

    F.    Sexual harassment

    September workshop

    Overview of School Business Operations

    An overview of school business operations with a focus on several key areas, including:

    A.    Listing and describing reports that must be filed with federal, state, and local agencies

    B.    Reviewing pertinent school law

    C.    Introducing fund accounting processes

    D.    Reviewing school organizational issues and operational issues (how school boards and administrators function)

    E.    Exploring inter-relationships between the business office and site operations – technology, facilities, maintenance, transportation, and food service.

    Part of the program is devoted to discussion about the roles and functions of the school business official and how business, finance, and HR departments work together.

    September workshop

    Overview of Missouri School Finance

    An overview of how schools are financed in the state of Missouri. Topics to be covered include:

    1. History of school finance in Missouri
    2. Key definitions
    3. Sources of revenue
    4. School funding formula
    5. State adequacy target

    October workshop 

    Benefits Administration 

    The course will emphasize:

    1. Laws, regulations, and practical aspects of providing employees with medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, life, and long-term care benefits
    2. Issues related to Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, COBRA, 403 (b), 401 (a), and Section 125 plans 

    November Workshop

    Business Ethics 

    The course covers the legal, moral, and philosophical issues associated with proper business ethics. The course will review policies and codes of conduct that can serve as guidelines for employees to follow when and/or if confronted with tough or difficult decisions. Course material will also cover topics such as:

    1. Conflicts of interest
    2. Accountability
    3. Public trust

    November Workshop

     

    Payroll Fraud Prevention

    In this course, participants will learn to spot behavior or practices that may indicate fraudulent behavior, such as:

    1. Ghost employment
    2. Bid collusion
    3. Bogus billings
    4. Falsification of public record
    5. Fraudulent work related or personal injury claims and theft

    Appropriate actions to take to investigate suspected fraud will be discussed. We will explore the legal duty and appropriate steps to pursue individuals suspected of fraudulent activities and learn to develop policies, practices, and procedures to reduce or eliminate fraud. 

    March workshop

    Fair Labor Standards Act Administration

    Topics to be covered in this course:

    1. Legal requirements related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    2. To whom the FLSA applies
    3. Minimum wage provisions of the FLSA
    4. Overtime provisions of the FLSA
    5. Child labor provisions of the FLSA
    6. Record keeping requirements of the FLSA
    7. How to promote and ensure compliance with the FLSA
    8. Best practices in complying with the FLSA, including policies, procedures, checklists, and forms

    April Spring Conference

     

    ACCOUNTING Track

    Course Description

    Month Offered

    Overview of School Business Operations

    An overview of school business operations with a focus on several key areas, including:

    1. Listing and describing reports that must be filed with federal, state, and local agencies
    2. Reviewing pertinent school law
    3. Introducing fund accounting processes
    4. Reviewing school organizational issues and operational issues (how school boards and administrators function)
    5. Exploring inter-relationships between the business office and site operations – technology, facilities, maintenance, transportation, and food service.

    Part of the program is devoted to discussion about the roles and functions of the school business official and how business, finance and HR departments work together.

    September Workshop

     

    Account Codes and the DESE Accounting Manual

    Information to be covered in this course includes:

    1. Financial Account Codes for Missouri Schools
    2. The importance and impact of proper account coding
    3. How the coding structure allows uniform recording of funds passed from state and federal government sources

    How resources and reference materials evolve and change as the business environment and requirements for public information change

    September workshop

    Overview of Missouri School Finance 

    An overview of how schools are financed in the state of Missouri. Topics to be covered include:

    1. History of school finance in Missouri
    2. Key definitions
    3. Sources of revenue
    4. School funding formula
    5. State adequacy target

    October workshop

     

    Business Ethics

    The course covers the legal, moral, and philosophical issues associated with proper business ethics. The course will review policies and codes of conduct that can serve as guidelines for employees to follow when and/or if confronted with tough or difficult decisions. Course material will also cover topics such as:

    1. Conflicts of interest
    2. Accountability
    3. Public trust

    November workshop

    Budgeting Fundamentals

    This course will focus on basic budget principles, terminology, and practices needed by a school business official to create and manage a budget. Participants will learn about:

    1. Funds
    2. Sources of revenue and expenditures for each fund
    3. The difference between cash and operating balances
    4. How to develop and implement a budget
    5. The difference between preliminary and certified assessed valuation
    6. How to manage a monthly cash flow by fund.

    How to track and maintain revenues and expenditures

    November workshop 

    Evaluating the Budget

    The session includes information about current and future formula funding issues as well as how to:

    A.      Identify potential problems in a district budget

    B.      Identify areas of budget concern

    November workshop

    Basics of Investing School Funds

    Topics to be covered in this course:

    A.      Investment terminology

    B.    Federal Reserve system

    C.   Reporting requirements

    D. Compliance with the Public Funds Investment Act

    E. How to determine investment cycles

    April Spring Conference