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School Law and Finance

On Saturday, January 5, 2013 we held our annual School Law & Finance Seminar for school board members and administrators. The presentation provides a variety of updates including, Tenure Commission Decisions, Shared Time Agreements, Violence in the Workplace/Gun Laws, iPads, District Finances, Emergency Manager, Right to Work Legislation and other labor developments and trends – each provided by Plante Moran advisors or Clark Hill attorneys who specialize in serving the needs of the education sector. We invite you to view the materials!

Data Security and Privacy

Two key challenges facing organizations today are:

  1. Keeping data private
  2. Compiling electronic data when faced with discovery requests
This Data Security and Privacy presentation highlights what district HR directors need to know.

Ideas to Balance the K-12 Budget

If you are like most school leaders, you've already initiated a number of cuts to balance your budget, and now you must look for even more cost savings. This Ideas to Balance the K-12 Budget presentation, given by a team of Plante & Moran advisors who specialize in serving the needs of the education sector, provides ideas for additional savings to bring total costs in line with the current revenue reality.

Managing Your Budget During Touch Economic Times

Do you understand the funding, cost and environmental factors creating budget pressures for public schools? Have you considered all opportunities for revenue generation and cost reduction at your District?

This presentation and checklist explain the funding and budget pressures facing public schools, and discuss best practices for effective budget management and cost containment.

Operational Cost Containment and Right Sizing

This Operational Cost Containment and Right Sizing presentation highlights Birmingham Public Schools in Michigan where they recently realized annual savings in excess of $4 million through aggressive cost containment initiatives in the operational areas of custodial services, maintenance services, and transportation services.

Review these initiatives and learn about the district's approach to outsourcing custodial and transportation services and right sizing maintenance services, factors that led to the cost containment initiatives, major tasks and tactics, hurdles and challenges, keys to success, and lessons learned.

"If someone were to call me and ask what Plante Moran's technology specialists meant to the success of our video surveillance project, I'd begin by pointing out that they saved us more than 50 percent in vendor costs. Beyond that they gave us a sense of confidence that we were selecting the best new products to fit the needs of our district. They began working with us when we only had six buildings under surveillance, now we have all 29 of our buildings covered, utilizing the old equipment and supplementing it with new. I would say the Plante & Moran specialists I worked with are worth their weight in gold."

Kevin Galbraith, Executive Director of Technology
Wayne-Westland Community School District