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Professional Certificate in Chief Business Officials

Professional Certificate in Chief Business Officials

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Attendance Accounting and Auditing in Public Education

In-depth focus on student attendance accounting, record-keeping, reporting and audit requirements mandated for K-12 California School districts.

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1.5 units

Budget Development and Control in Public Education

Review of budget preparation and monitoring during the fiscal year, including the role of the chief business official in budget development and financial controls. Effective methods for monitoring and adjusting school district budgets are presented.

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2 units

Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration in Public Education

Overview of California's public school collective bargaining and contract administration principles and processes, including a brief history of public school collective bargaining. Topics include approaches for developing and presenting contract language and determining strategies for handling grievances, impasse, fact finding, mediation and arbitration. The role of the chief business official in classified and certificated collective bargaining is explored.

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1 units

Food and Child Nutritional Services in Public Education

Overview of the operation of food and nutritional services in public schools. Methods for ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations, cost and accounting controls and ways to contribute to educational goals of the district by providing nutritional meals and services to students are presented.

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1 units

Human Resources Management for the Chief Business Official

Effective methods for managing human resources from a school business official's perspective and personnel issues that affect school districts. Topics include: regulations, laws and court cases relating to K-12 personnel administration; ways to maintain high productivity and quality of work life, ethics and social responsibility in a demographically and culturally diverse workforce, linking personnel to student learning, evaluation procedures, supervision practices, hiring and retention of good employees and progressive discipline.

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4 units

Information and Technology Systems in School Business

Information and technology systems used in school finance and business operations. Topics include: hardware and software, role of information systems in school business, computer-assisted management decision making, integrating network applications, managing data and knowledge, and planning for future technology needs.

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4 units

Leadership and Strategic Planning for Chief Business Officials

Principles of leadership and key components for becoming a visionary leader. Methods for demonstrating vision, positive communication, positioning and empowerment, which contribute to the success of chief business officials, and a strategic planning process that enhances a school district's ability to plan for the future are presented.

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1 units

Maintenance, Operations and Pupil Transportation

Elements of maintenance and operations of a school district. Effective delivery systems for pupil transportation will be presented. Topics include preventive and deferred maintenance, training, planning, budgeting and staffing.

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1.5 units

Overview of California School Business Services (formerly California Public Schools Finance System Overview for School Business Officials)

Overview of the history, concepts and legal aspects of financing public schools to serve California. Emphasis is on the role of the political climate and the unique demographics in California. The future of educational finance, the role of the chief business official and the organization of a school district's business division will be discussed in light of historical and legal perspectives.

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1 units

Practicum for Chief Business Officials

Supervised experience working with a chief business official. Participants will work for 60 hours in a school business division and demonstrate the competencies necessary to become an effective chief business official through application of knowledge, skills and principles learned in certificate coursework.

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6 units

Purchasing and Warehousing in Public Education

Fundamental concepts associated with purchasing processes and supply chain management. Topics include standards of purchasing practice, the bidding process, bonding requirements and legal aspects of purchasing from the perspectives of Public Contract Code and the Uniform Commercial Code.

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1 units

Risk Management in Public Education

Basic processes, goals and strategies associated with risk management principles including legal aspects. This course examines the interrelationship and functions between OSHA, Joint Powers Authority, third party administrators, brokers/consultants and insurance companies and provides an analysis of the interaction with school boards, site administrators, the district office and interdepartmental operations and the injured worker or visitor. Topics include workers' compensation, employee benefits, property liability, safety issues and mandates, and alternative risk financing.

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1.5 units

School Business Accounting

School district financial systems, such as auditing, accounting, reporting, attendance accounting, student body organization funds, state and federal projects, and certificated and classified payroll as they relate to school business accounting and other areas.

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5 units

School Facilities Construction and Project Planning

This course includes an overview of the construction process from planning to culmination. Included in the discussion and lecture is an explanation of the interrelationships and function of the Division of the State Architect, the California Department of Education School Facilities Planning Division, the Department of Toxic Substance Control, and city and county agencies. The class will revolve around a case study of an actual project from the planning stage to completion. Included will be discussion of the interaction of the school board, superintendent, business services, maintenance and operations, purchasing, the architect, design consultant, construction managers, local agencies and contractors.

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1.5 units

School Financing: Practical Approaches for Chief Business Officials

A review of public education financing in California in light of the philosophical, sociological, legal and political forces that bring pressure for change and their impact in practical terms for school business officials. Topics include base revenue limit income, apportionment schedules, financing mechanisms, redevelopment and asset management, and technological trends and their impact on forecasting revenues and current issues.

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1.5 units

School Law for Chief Business Officials

A practical focus on various legal issues typically encountered in the day-to-day operations of chief business officials in K-12 public schools. Topics include school safety, The Brown Act, Public Records Act, authority to expend funds, general fund encroachment, lobbying, legislative process and charter schools.

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1.5 units

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