Note: For 2021, this academy will begin 100% on-line and will meet towards the end of the program if it is safe to do so. The program features live on-line instruction as well a few select self-paced classes.
Now more than ever, there is a great need in the business office for well trained staff to be able to support teaching and learning. The validity and accuracy of the district’s financial reports and projections are dependent upon the skill of school business employees managing complex financial systems and data. These school business professionals must be well trained and understand the theories, methodology and nuisances of California school finance and accounting in order to succeed.
This program emphasizes specific and pragmatic skills school fiscal leaders need to know to be able to thrive as a school business professional. The content of this academy is presented in an in-line lecture format, relying upon class discussion, small group projects, and out-of-class assignments/practical application. There all also some self-passed courses that will be assigned as part of the program. All participants are required to take monthly assessments and pass a comprehensive final exam in order to qualify for the state of California approved Director of Fiscal Services certificate.
The TSS Director of Fiscal Serviced Certificate Program has been created as a comprehensive program designed to produce new or improve the existing skills of experienced or aspiring directors of fiscal services and to enhance the knowledge and skill-set of other school business personnel. The class consists of a broad base of education and training that occurs both in the classroom setting and by practical application. The course will provide an opportunity for participants to expand their skill-sets in a challenging yet encouraging environment. Specialized assignments and class projects are done individually and as part of small teams. Participants who successfully complete the course will be issued an TSS Director of Fiscal Services Certificate.
- Attendance and Participation – Participants are expected to attend and contribute in all sessions and must attend all classes in order to receive the TSS Director of Fiscal Services Certificate. If an emergency arises, one session may be made-up by writing and an academic paper on the missed classes’ subject matter with pre-approved by the program’s director.
- Group Projects – There will be various in class group projects that students will participate in. During these group projects students may be asked to act in various roles such as facilitator, scribe, group leader, etc.
- Presentation – Participants are required to present one 20-minute PowerPoint presentation on a topic related to school business.
- Readings – Various readings will be assigned during the academy. Students will analyze readings and participate in group discussions or writing assignments to apply concepts to real world situations.
- Practicum-Participants will select an appropriate practicum which will be due by the end of the course. The practicum can be a variety of activities, including a needed District project or a specific interview with experienced CBO, Director of Fiscal Service, School Accountant, etc. The practicum topic/project must be agreed to by the coordinator.
- Assessments and Final Exam – Monthly assessments will be given to assess progress and students are required to pass a final exam before earning the Director of Fiscal Services Certificate.
- Other – Various but limited written or other assignments.
The Director of this program is TSS Executive Vice President Dr. Joseph Pandolfo who brings over 30 years of educational industry experience and who moderates all sessions to ensure the continuity of the curriculum. Presenters for the program are amongst the highest caliber professionals in the state, and include current and retired CBOs, FCMAT intervention specialists, ACSA and CASBO members, superintendents and other administrators.
Schedule for 2021
February 19, 20
March 19, 20
April 16, 17
May 14, 15
June 18, 19
September 17, 18
October 15, 16
November 5, 6
|Introduction to School Business|
|DFS: Introduction to School Business||00:00:00|
|DFS: SACS Report Activity||10, 00:00|
|The LCAP and LCFF|
|Accounting and Finance|
|Balance Sheet Accounts|
|Budget Development and Monitoring|
|Internal Auditing and Controls|
|Managing Categorical Programs|
|County Office of Education: Role and Responsibilities|
|Managing the External Audit|
|Student Body Accounts|
|Collective Bargaining and Negotiations|
|Special Education Funding|
|Enrollment and Average Daily Attendance|
|Charter Schools Oversight|
|School Maintenance and Construction|
|Insurance and Joint Powers Authorities|
|Public Speaking and Board Presentations|