9780761976080

Fiscal Fitness for School Administrators : How to Stretch Resources and Do Even More with Less

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    9780761976080

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    0761976086

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-10-25
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr
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Summary

"""The first comprehensive guide for making the most of school resources . . . and even thriving in times of dwindling funds!"""This no-nonsense handbook covers every aspect of fiscal fitness for today's schools, from cutting costs without cutting essential programs and accomplishing as much as before -- or more! -- with less staff to running a low-cost, no-frills activity program.Based on years of front-line experience, this guide includes tips on: The role of principals in hard times Cost containment Downsizing Creative staffing How to get the biggest bang for your program buck How to get everyone involved in fiscal fitness How to find, raise, and attract money in hard times How to make the most of time -- the resource that keeps on tickingThere isn't a principal anywhere who doesn't have questions about how do "more" with "less." This is the book with the answers! Robert D. Ramsey is a lifelong educator who has served as a "leader of leaders" in three award-winning school districts in two different states. His frontline experience includ

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Why This Book is Different ix
Acknowledgments x
About the Author xi
Introduction: Coming to Grips With Reality 1(1)
Why Schools Today Have to Do More With Less
1(2)
The Role of the Principal in Hard Times
3(1)
What to Do in Times of Cost Containment
4(1)
The Upside of Downsizing
5(1)
What Smaller, Less Affluent Schools Have Known All Along
6(1)
Simplification Is Catching On
7(2)
How to Use This Handbook
9(2)
How to Cut Costs Without Cutting Essential Programs and Services
11(16)
Fiscal Fitness Is an Attitude
11(2)
What Matters Most Costs the Least
13(1)
Four Things Your School Has to Do in Good Times and Bad
14(1)
Peeling the Onion
15(1)
Guidelines, Considerations, and Criteria for Making School Budget Reductions
16(2)
A Step-by-Step Budget Reduction Process That Really Works
18(2)
A Sample Budget Reduction Calendar
20(3)
How to Encourage Early Retirements
23(2)
How to Ease the Pain of Layoffs
25(2)
How to Accomplish As Much or More With Less Staff
27(22)
Practice Creative Staffing
27(1)
Use Openings As Opportunities
28(2)
Hire for Flexibility
30(1)
How to Get More Out of Your Staff
31(3)
Tap the Power of Part-Time Personnel
34(1)
Use Nonlicensed Personnel to Do More With Less
35(2)
Is Outsourcing an Answer?
37(1)
Volunteers: How to Get Them, Use Them, and Keep Them Coming Back
38(8)
Get Better Administration With Less Money
46(3)
How to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Program Buck
49(33)
Cut the Fat Without Cutting the Muscle
50(4)
Stretching Curriculum Dollars
54(4)
Redefine Special Education, Improve Programs, and Save Money
58(5)
Avoid Short-Changing Gifted Students Even During Periods of Retrenchment
63(4)
How to Run a Low-Cost, No-Frills Activity Program That Works
67(4)
How to Run an Effective Staff Development Program on a Shoestring
71(6)
How to Save Money on Public Relations and Still Get the Job Done
77(2)
It May Be Time to Milk the Sacred Cows
79(3)
How to Get Everyone Involved in Fiscal Fitness
82(23)
How to Build Business Partnerships That Really Pay Off
82(6)
Use Collaboration as a Key to Cost Containment
88(1)
Reach Out to Parent and Community Advisors
89(4)
How to Get the Community to Shoulder More of the Responsibility
93(5)
How to Get Students to Help You Do More With Less
98(3)
Other Organizations That Can Help
101(4)
How to Find, Raise, and Attract Money in Hard Times
105(22)
The Visible School Gets the Gold
106(1)
Go Where the Money Is, Tell Your Story, and Have a Wish List
107(1)
Don't Forget About Fines, Fees, and Fundraisers
108(7)
Make the Most of Educational Foundations, Alumni Associations, and Booster Clubs
115(3)
Get Busy and Go After Grants, Gifts, and Endownments
118(4)
Should You Consider Selling Advertising?
122(1)
Why Not Run a School Store?
123(3)
More Ways to Make Money for Your School
126(1)
How to Make the Most of Time---The Resource That Keeps On Ticking
127(21)
Change the Way You Think About Time
127(1)
Who Controls Your Time?
128(2)
Common Time Wasters
130(4)
Setting Priorities: People Versus Paper
134(1)
When and How to Say ``No'' and Make It Stick
135(2)
How the Best Leaders Spend 1,440 Minutes a Day
137(1)
Practical Ways to Reduce Paperwork
138(2)
Other Ways to Work Smarter, Save Time, and Do More
140(1)
Tips on More Efficient Scheduling of the School Day and the School Year
141(3)
Start Time: Is Later Better?
144(1)
How to Have Fewer Interruptions and More Time on Task
145(3)
More Ways to Save Time and Money
148(20)
Building-Level Economies You Can Implement Today
148(3)
Tips on Efficient Plant Management
151(4)
Make the Most of Technology to Save Time and Money
155(1)
Save Money on Substitute Teachers
156(4)
Eighty-Eight More School-Tested Time and Money Savers
160(8)
Success Stories
168(4)
A Final Word
172(1)
Resource A. What Others Say About Fiscal Fitness 173(6)
Resource B. A Selected Bibliography for Today's Administrators 179

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