Business Operations

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Safety & Security  

  • Facilities
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: On Cameras

Security cameras today cost less and do more. With proper installation and monitoring, they can mitigate risk and head off lawsuits.
5 min read

Mission & Motivation  

  • Facilities
  • | Planning

Mission & Motivation: Powerful Points

Communication is key during busy summer months, fostering connections among different sides of the business office as well as staff and faculty members upon their return to campus.
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Strategies  

  • Facilities
  • | Planning

Strategies: One Space, Many Voices

When designing a shared school space, taking the time to collect different stakeholders’ perspectives in unbiased ways pays dividends.
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  • Facilities
  • | Planning

Gathering Constituent Input for a Successful Master Plan

Collaborative processes can help ensure new campus facilities align with a school’s mission.
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  • Risk Management
  • | Transportation

Overdrive: Managing Transportation Risk This item is protected.

Managing the infinite scenarios of transportation risk — from owning or outsourcing vehicles to corralling volunteer drivers —  requires time, expertise and financial resources to keep everyone safe.
14 min read

Projections  

  • Budget
  • | Technology

It’s Time to Commit

From the archives: How can online learning simultaneously mitigate the financial pressures facing our schools and reinforce our ability to personalize the learning experience?
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  • Culture
  • | Facilities

Students Tackle Operational Issues

Stuart Country Day School’s campus-as-lab program, led by the school’s facilities director, enables students to solve real-world problems — while helping administrators collect campus data.
4 min read

Projections  

  • Facilities

Projections: Knowing the Neighbors

Building plans? Don’t wait until groundbreaking to engage with the neighbors.
4 min read
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  • Extended Day
  • | Leadership

Making After-School Programming Meaningful

Innovative, student-driven programs add value, enrich students, further school mission and attract new families.
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Safety & Security  

  • Culture
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Is Security Part of Your School’s Culture?

Spending alone won’t make your school more secure. The most effective security strategies prioritize school culture.
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  • Cybersecurity
  • | Risk Management
  • | Technology

Cybersecurity Goes Beyond the Technology Office

A school’s online safety requires vigilance from every department.
3 min read
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  • Budget
  • | Facilities
  • | Key Facilities

All In: Total Cost of Ownership at Independent Schools This item is protected.

School facilities are notorious for hiding their true costs. A total cost of ownership approach can help you avoid surprises and make decisions that pay off years down the line.
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Strategies  

  • Audit
  • | Facilities

Strategies: Blueprints and Checkboxes: Simplifying the Facilities Audit

With an affordable in-house audit, both your facilities team and your service providers will become more familiar with your campus and more invested in it too.
3 min read
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  • Crisis Management
  • | Safety and Security

Educators-First Security

Teachers and students should be at the center of school security training, and empowered (not intimidated) for the most effective results.
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Safety & Security  

  • Extended Day
  • | Key Auxiliary
  • | Risk Management

Safety & Security: Are Your Auxiliary Programs Prepared for an Emergency?

The unique challenges associated with after-school, evening and weekend activities merit additional considerations.
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  • Facility Rental
  • | Financing

Found Money: Untapped Income Opportunities

Look closer. Could there be untapped income opportunities in your facilities, your programs, your operating cash and reserves?
12 min read
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  • Facilities
  • | Financing

A Capital Plan This item is protected.

From bridge financing to a unique co-location partnership, schools’ construction financing strategies reveal new levels of creativity, resourcefulness and fiscal prudence.
14 min read
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Risk & Compliance  

  • Labor Law
  • | Summer Camp

Risk & Compliance: Wage and Hour Laws Don’t Go on Summer Vacation

Are summer camps exempt from FLSA requirements? A closer look at the recreational establishment exemption.
5 min read
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  • Extended Day
  • | Planning

Extended Day, Extending the Brand

After-school programming can and should be much more than an afterthought. This school’s robust and thoughtful program is a powerful differentiator that fosters enrollment growth.
12 min read
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Safety & Security  

  • Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Dismissal Security and Efficiency

Dismissal is the riskiest time of day. A few best practices can help schools more safely direct students in a multitude of directions.
4 min read

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