Business Operations

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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Safety & Security  

  • Safety and Security

Safety & Security: From Fear to Empowerment: Changing Active-Shooter Protocols

Traditional lockdown drills demoralized students and staff. New protocols built confidence and capabilities.
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Mission & Motivation  

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Investments

Mission & Motivation: Walking the Talk: Going All-In for Environmental Sustainability

The Northwest School’s long-held commitment to sustainability comes full circle in its purchasing policy, dining, facilities, transportation and, most recently, its investment policy.
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  • Planning
  • | Safety and Security

Using Head, Not Heart in School Emergency Planning

While active shooter events draw overwhelming attention, sympathy and concern, reactions to them should not drive a school’s safety and preparedness policies, said safety experts from Kiernan Group Holdings in a recent N
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  • Forms
  • | Software

Exploring Growth in School Electronic Health Records

Supporters cite fewer mistakes, improved student health and streamlined processes.
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5 Minutes with  

  • Enrollment
  • | Technology

5 Minutes with Brad Rathgeber: Filling Out the Catalog

Online learning’s rapid evolution isn’t just giving independent schools more course options. It’s also redefining expectations for exemplary teaching, according to One Schoolhouse founder Brad Rathgeber.
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Business Intelligence  

  • Facility Rental
  • | Safety and Security

Business Intelligence: Member Survey Highlights: Armed Guards and Rental Facilities

For an informal glimpse into how your peers are handling a situation, check out NBOA's surveying tool. Highlights from two recent surveys.
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Safety & Security  

  • Risk Management
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Dangers of Active-Shooter Training Programs

Faculty and staff who have completed popular active-shooter training programs often perform worse in simulations than those with no training, according to this school safety expert.
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  • Software
  • | Technology

Stand by Your Plan

A single-platform school information system can make a school operate more effectively. But there’s nothing turnkey about it.
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Projections  

  • Employment
  • | Technology

The Frustration, Fever and Fear of Ed Tech

Let’s take a collective breath and identify technology tools that will work for our schools.
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  • Employment
  • | Technology

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To meet evolving technology needs, independent schools use a variety of staffing options, some outsourcing and others fostering tech talent from within.
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Strategies  

  • Planning
  • | Technology

Strategies: Time for an IT Revamp?

A management framework can help schools prioritize which parts of your technology program need a revamp and where to deploy resources.
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  • Facilities
  • | Leadership

Unsung Hero: Mike Goto, Island School

A master manager and strategic thinker, Goto also makes time to mentor his colleagues and other business officers.
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  • Key Technology
  • | Professional Development
  • | Technology

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How can your school encourage even reluctant teachers to engage in classroom technologies? Tech directors are showing the way.
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Risk & Compliance  

  • Policy
  • | Technology

Risk & Compliance: Responsible Student Data Collection

A privacy policy can help ensure students’ data is safe with your school — and build trust with parents.
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