Business Operations

CEO Notebook  

  • Facilities
  • | Planning

Four Ways To Make Summer Work for You

From reopening campus to scenario planning to managing employee leave and more, these resources should ease your summer workload.
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Mission & Motivation  

  • Facilities
  • | Maintenance

Mission & Motivation: More Than Brick Deep

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

Managing Your Empty Campus

A well-managed long-term unoccupancy can save schools significant resources.
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Strategies  

  • Contract
  • | Employment
  • | Facilities

Strategies: Approaching the Outsourcing Decision

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

Built for Wellness This item is protected.

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

Considerations for Reopening Independent School Campuses This item is protected.

School leaders will need to rethink everything from physical space to agreements to funding sources.
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  • Facilities
  • | Leadership
  • | Technology

Down to the Wire: Tech and Capital Projects

Involving tech leaders early in capital construction projects could save schools 10% on lost costs.
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  • Cash Management
  • | Cybersecurity
  • | Risk Management

Double Take: Preventing Financial Cybercrime This item is protected.

No school is immune from the rising threat of financial cybercrime. Accounting, tech and legal insights help keep everyone on their toes.
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Safety & Security  

  • Risk Management
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Drill Down

Regular exercises can make safety policies and procedures stick and help your school fully prepare for an emergency.
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  • Crisis Management
  • | Pandemic
  • | Technology

Academic Continuity During COVID-19 Closures: A Case Study

A Beijing independent school has grappled with centralizing communications, testing technological requirements and keeping up morale since moving learning online.
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  • Cybersecurity
  • | Risk Management

Five Areas of Technological Risk in Independent Schools

Strong digital use policies, trainings and behavioral standards can protect schools from these emerging technology related risks.
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Safety & Security  

  • Communication
  • | International
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Safe Returns

Strong crisis response protocols and community relations helped one school manage a serious threat to campus security.
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Mission & Motivation  

  • Culture
  • | Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Parent Organizations

Mission & Motivation: Uncomfortable in a Comfortable Place

Diversity and inclusion leadership training pushed this business officer outside her comfort zone — by design.
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  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Food Service
  • | Risk Management

Alternative Proteins Raise Allergen Concerns

New products that mimic ground beef are all the rage, but they may pose a problem for those with peanut allergies.
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Safety & Security  

  • Crisis Management
  • | Culture
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Knowing Your Neighbor

A behavioral threat assessment policy can help those in a close-knit independent school identify unusual behaviors and quickly intervene.
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  • Facilities
  • | Legal
  • | Maintenance

Should Your School Require Payment and Performance Bonds?

Having a payment and performance bond in place can help schools mitigate risk and protect from potential loss.
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  • Facilities
  • | Legal
  • | Maintenance

Foundations for Construction Success This item is protected.

Whether building new or updating existing space, campus construction can consume more time and resources than anticipated. Early planning, strong contracts and continuous communication can help mitigate risks and keep wo
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Safety & Security  

  • Crisis Management
  • | Facilities

Safety & Security: In a Day, on a Dime

Addressing low-hanging fruit and implementing low-cost solutions could improve your school’s safety.
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  • Extended Day
  • | Facilities
  • | Key Auxiliary

Data-Informed Auxiliary Programs

Shift auxiliary program goals from arbitrary and out-of-reach to strategic and achievable using data sets and other national resources.
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  • Human Resources
  • | Technology

Faster, Sleeker, Stronger: HR Tech This item is protected.

Implementing human resources technology may not only save time and improve the employee experience, but also spur more strategic thinking.
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