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Resource Management for School Administrators


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Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Financial Management Principles and Historical Perspectives *Objectives *Adequacy, Equity, and Equality *National Perspectives on Financing Education *State Perspectives on Financing Education *Future Challenges to Funding Public Education *Summary *Case study *Exercises and discussion questions *References Chapter 2 Resource Allocation and Financial Planning *Objectives *Planning School District Budgets *Developing a School District Budget *Sources of Revenue *Taxpayer Equity *Summary *Case studies *Exercises and discussion questions *References iv Chapter 3 Accounting, Budgeting and Reporting *Objectives *Why do we have accounting systems? *Student Activity Accounts *Fundraising *Financial Statements *Audits *Summary *Case studies *Exercises and discussion questions *References Chapter 4 Managing Resources for Higher Performance and Productivity *Objectives *What are Educational Resources? *The Relationship Between Resource Allocation and Achievement *Allocating Resources for Higher Performance and Productivity *Educational Choice *Summary *Case study *Exercises and discussion questions *References Chapter 5 Managing Human Resources *Objectives *Planning staffing needs and enrollment forecasting *Employment laws v *Employee evaluation and compensation programs *Collective bargaining *Summary *Case study *Exercises and discussion questions *References Chapter 6 Managing Facilities for Higher Performance and Productivity *Objectives *School Facilities in the United States *Facility design and student achievement *School facility planning *Environmental issues *Summary *Case study *Exercises and discussion questions *References Chapter 7 Auxiliary Services: Food, Safety, Security, and Transportation *Objectives *Major Auxiliary Services *Food service *Safety and security *Transportation *Summary *Case study *Exercises and discussion questions *References vi Epilogue Appendix School Resource Web Sites References Index About the Authors

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Daniel R. Tomal, a Professor at Concordia University Chicago teaching educational leadership. He is a consultant and an author of ten books such as Action Research for Educators and Challenging Students to Learn by Rowman & Littlefield Education, and has made guest appearance on many national radio and television shows. Craig A. Schilling, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor at Concordia University Chicago teaching education finance, law, human resources and school business management. He has served on a number of state and national associations and spoken at state, national and international conferences.


The authors have provided an outstanding book that trains to understand school district financial, facility, and human resources using clear, concise, and concrete examples that are easily grasped. -- A. Lynn Himes, equity partner, Scariano, Himes and Petrarca, Chicago, Illinois
This book should make a significant contribution to all school leaders who desire to improve their school resource management. It is one of the few books I will keep handy and read more than once. I'm confident that those who read this book will find it valuable and insightful. -- Dr. Cheryl Crates, Community Unit School District 300, Carpentersville, Illinois, Adjunct Professor Northern Illinois University
This book provides a comprehensive and excellent overview of Financial, Facilities and Human Resources and is valuable for all public and private-school administrators. -- Dr. Michael A. Jacoby, executive director, Illinois Association of School Business Officials
As a school principal, superintendent and business manager for the past thirty years, I believe Drs. Schilling and Tomal present a practical and refreshing aspect to School Resource Management for the experienced and novice administrator. -- Dr. Raymond J. LaPorte, Interim Business Manager School District 157
An outstanding research-based book for all school leaders and graduate students...the most thorough resource for financial, facility, and human resource management. -- L. Arthur Safer, executive director, Division of Research and Doctoral Programs
It is refreshing and time to see a book on resource management including human resources. This book provides valuable insights and perspective from two of the top minds in the profession. This book should be read by every current HR and Financial professional and be required reading for certification courses. -- Sarah Beyne, CEO, Digital Schools & former school board member
This relevant and comprehensive book provides an excellent resource for active school administrators or students in training to be school administrators. With a focus on the practitioner, the authors have provided a basis for understanding the profession. -- Donald R. Johnson, Ed.D., superintendent and professor
This book is a 'must have' book for anyone who desiring current information on School Resource Management. -- Robert K. Wilhite, Chairman, Department of Leadership, Concordia University Chicago; retired superintendent, Illinois High School District 215

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