Business Operations

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  • Food Service
  • | Risk Management

The New Allergy-Safe Meal Plan 12 min read

How are independent schools handling allergens in their dining operations to prevent tragedies, abide by the law and serve food that is both healthy and affordable?
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  • Contract
  • | Facility Rental

Income Property: The Fine Print on Facilities Rentals 7 min read

With facilities rentals, a good contract — among other details worth minding — can help schools maximize potential benefits while minimizing risks.

Projections  

  • Budget
  • | Facilities

Cementing Our Value 3 min read

For most independent schools, there is no better marketing expenditure than investing in facilities.
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  • Accounting
  • | Technology

The Inside Job: Mitigating the Risk of Fraud 11 min read This item is protected.

As technology advances, so does the proliferation of more complex fraud schemes—sometimes involving staff.
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  • Facilities
  • | Financing

Making Space for Innovation 13 min read

As schools consider adding innovative new learning spaces, business officers must evaluate possibilities through the lens of their budgets and strategic goals.

CEO Notebook  

  • Budget
  • | Technology

Similar Paths, Mutual Goals: the Business Office-IT Partnership 2 min read

I saw the transformation firsthand in higher education. As technology played a larger role within academic programs, and colleges and universities migrated more operations online, technology directors—who typically repor

CEO Notebook  

  • Facilities
  • | Financing

Pay-It-Forward Independent School Construction 2 min read

With the spring thaw comes the inevitable rush of construction activity on independent school campuses. This year, the shadow of financial sustainability might make those mounting expenditures even more concerning than u
  • Communication
  • | Technology

Q&A with Stephen Valentine and Reshan Richards 10 min read

Why independent school leaders should take a “design pause” before sending that email, calling that meeting or excluding the possibility of collaborating with anyone, anywhere.

CEO Notebook  

  • Facilities
  • | Technology

Three Things I Learned from Sal Khan 2 min read

Many NBOA members tell me that if they have one great takeaway from a professional development program—a new idea, a solution to a problem, a sample form—then their investment of time and money is worthwhile.

CEO Notebook  

  • Budget
  • | Facilities

Make My Day 2 min read

STEM, STEAM, making, tinkering. Innovators, collaborators, self-directed learners. Idea labs, learning commons, makerspaces. The maker movement is a big deal for independent schools, an exciting reality playing out in ne
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  • Risk Management
  • | Safety and Security

A Very Real Threat: Preventing Sexual Abuse 15 min read This item is protected.

Schools get serious about establishing, documenting and following procedures to curb sexual abuse involving faculty and staff. “It takes a community to keep kids safe.”

CEO Notebook  

  • Culture
  • | Parent Organizations

The Predicament of Parents 2 min read

As a trustee at my daughter's school, I get a lot of "feedback" from other parents. It ranges from concern over ERB scores to "can't we get more comfortable chairs for parents to sit in at assemblies?" I listen, smile an
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  • Facilities
  • | Technology

The New Rules of Independent Learning 3 min read

Sal Khan encourages independent schools to liberate their classrooms from the lecture model and embrace peer-to-peer interaction and learning.
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  • Facility Rental
  • | Summer Camp

Nothing but Net: Auxiliary Programs for Non-Tuition Revenue 14 min read

Beyond summer camps and after-school programs, independent schools are taking second looks at auxiliary programs and their promise of net non-tuition revenue.

CEO Notebook  

  • Maintenance
  • | PPRRSM

The High Price of Neglecting PPRRSM 2 min read

It's widely accepted as best practice for independent schools to maintain three percent of the total cost of replacing the physical plant in a separate budget called PPRRSM (provision for plant replacement, renewal and s

CEO Notebook  

  • Leadership
  • | Technology

Heads of School, Financial Chops and Summer Learning 2 min read

As business officers know too well, there really is no such thing as downtime anymore in independent schools. The summer is busy with wrapping up the prior school year and preparing for the one ahead. NBOA is no differen

CEO Notebook  

  • Facilities
  • | Technology

The AltSchool Promise of Every Independent School 3 min read

It's been a spring of heavy travel, and at each independent school I visit the topic of technology invariably arises. The questions go something like this: What role should technology play in our delivery of preK–1
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  • Athletics
  • | Facilities

Exercising Their Options 9 min read

With students getting less unstructured playtime at home, independent schools are making high-tech and low-tech investments alike in exercise facilities, equipment and philosophies.

CEO Notebook  

  • Leadership
  • | Technology

A Call for Digital Leadership 2 min read

Here's a litmus test on online and blended learning in independent schools: Do you consider technology a tool that brings individuals together or keeps them apart?

CEO Notebook  

  • Communication
  • | Technology

Have You Disrupted Your Classes? 2 min read

At the 2011 NBOA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Michael Horn wowed hundreds of business officers with provocative predictions about technology's imminent impact on the delivery of education at independent schools. Y

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