Budget Boot Camp for Superintendent and Cabinet-Level District Officials

Live Webinar

A one-day institute

Date:  TBC

Time:   TBC

About the Workshop

What do Superintendents and Cabinet Level District Officials need to know about the budget to effectively manage district programs, avoid fiscal crisis and ensure excellent management of fiscal resources?
The TSS/ACSA Budget Boot Camp for District Leaders has been developed at the request of superintendents themselves who believe that such a training program is not only needed but is vital to the successful career and professional growth of the current and aspiring superintendents as well as other cabinet-level administrators.
This session will include information on:
  • Basic financial requirements and timeliness for all CA school districts
  • Understanding the financial health of your school district
  • Interpreting multi-year projections
  • Account code basics and how they are used to manage the budget
  • What should a superintendent expect of the CBO
  • Questions to ask your fiscal office staff and methods to verify provided information
Who Should Attend?
Superintendents and District-level administrators with the responsibility to supervise and evaluate budget managers and ensure the fiscal solvency of the district are strongly encouraged to attend. Also, available for other administrators who aspire to be in district-level top positions.
Participants who attend in person will receive a binder with a copy of the materials presented and shared by all presenters along with any supplemental handout materials filed in the appendices. Online attendees will have PDF copies of all materials made available to them.
About the Presenters:
Mays Kakish
Ms. Kakish is a school district chief business official who has been credited with developing and implementing sound business practices including strong and well-tested budget development and control processes. She has worked in the realm of education finance for over 20 years. She has been extensively involved in providing training to administrators about matters pertaining to budgets and LCFF and LCAP. She is currently the Chief Business Officer and Governmental Relations for the Riverside Unified School District. She has developed training programs to assist administrators in understanding and managing budgets.
Brett Mc Fadden
Mr. McFadden is the superintendent of the Nevada Joint Union High School (NJUSD) District and has more than 23 years of education policy and leadership experience. He is recognized statewide for his expertise in school finance, governance, and effective administration and leadership of TK – Adult instructional programs.  Prior to his appointment as NJUHSD’s superintendent, he served as the associate superintendent in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD).   Previous to his tenure at MPUSD, Brett served as Chief Business Official (CBO) for the Pajaro Valley Unified School District in the Monterey Bay area.  For 10 years, he also oversaw the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Management Services Program as Director of Management Services. and provided consultation expertise on fiscal, negotiations, and operational services to more than 220 local education agencies statewide.
Dr. Joseph Pandolfo
Dr. Pandolfo has worked in public education for over 30 years as both a teacher and administrator and joined Total School Solutions in 2020 as their Executive Vice President.  He provides financial and managerial consulting to districts throughout the state.   During the course of his career, his administrative duties included working as a superintendent, deputy superintendent, and director of finance and operations.  In 2011, he was named Sonoma County Business Administrator of the year and in 2017 was recognized along with his district’s transportation department by the Sonoma County Office of Education for his support efforts during the Tubbs Fire.  He is the former board President of the Redwood Empire Schools and a member of the Sonoma County Treasury Oversite Committee.  His doctorate is from the University of California, Davis with a dissertation on school district efficiency.

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