Use School Business Managers as Budget Allies

By Susan Black

Two years ago, a school business manager sauntered into a meeting of assistant superintendents and principals who were intent on improving and expanding their district’s prekindergarten program.

He studied the research I presented to the group, and he asked good questions. “What’s the most solid evidence that shows investing in prekindergarten pays off in the long run?” he wanted to know.

The business manager proved to be an asset and an ally. At one meeting, he punched numbers into a hand-held computer and came up with money for books and classroom learning centers. Over the summer, he reworked the budget to pay for an instructional coach and literacy training for teachers.

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