May/June 2020 Issue

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5 Minutes with  

  • Leadership

5 Minutes with Valerie Hughes: Above and Beyond 11 min read

From leading capital projects to serving a national association, this year’s recipient of the Ken White Distinguished Business Officer Award has continually stretched her limits.

After School  

  • Leadership

After School: Full of Good Cheer 4 min read

Once a Division I college cheerleader, this controller now coaches the squad.

Mission & Motivation  

  • Facilities
  • | Maintenance

Mission & Motivation: More Than Brick Deep 4 min read

Maintaining not only curb appeal but also sufficient maintenance reserves will ensure our schools’ missions endure for generations to come.
  • Culture
  • | Misconduct
  • | Risk Management

Holding the Line: Sexual Misconduct Prevention 14 min read This item is protected.

Schools are rethinking sexual misconduct prevention strategies to get beyond the checkbox.

Safety & Security  

Safety & Security: The Hidden Costs of School Safety 5 min read

When developing safety strategies, consider best practices as well as your school’s liability.
  • Cash Management
  • | Employment

What's in Store?: Operating Campus Stores 13 min read This item is protected.

In the age of e-commerce, does it still make sense to have a bricks-and-mortar school store?


  • Contract
  • | Employment
  • | Facilities

Strategies: Approaching the Outsourcing Decision 4 min read

Cost alone should not drive decisions to keep services in-house or not — consider a more complete value proposition.
  • Culture
  • | Environmental Sustainability
  • | Facilities

Built for Wellness 10 min read This item is protected.

Independent schools have moved wellness out of the gym and into spaces where everyone can benefit.
  • Facilities
  • | Leadership
  • | Technology

Down to the Wire: Tech and Capital Projects 5 min read

Involving tech leaders early in capital construction projects could save schools 10% on lost costs.

Business Intelligence  

  • Cash Management
  • | Research
  • | Tuition

Business Intelligence: Annual Giving, Endowment Returns Held Steady in Fiscal 2019 3 min read

While annual giving did not dip precipitously, most schools shouldn’t count on it to fill the gap between net tuition and expenditures.

Risk & Compliance  

  • Compliance
  • | Employee Benefits
  • | Employee Leave

Risk & Compliance: Mandatory Paid Leave Is Coming 8 min read

New leave laws are likely to arrive in your state or city if they haven't already. The time to prepare is now.


  • Crisis Management
  • | Leadership
  • | Pandemic

Projections: Community Beyond Campus 4 min read

What can we learn from the rapid changes to our school routines and processes?



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