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Plante Moran

Our K-12 experts bring education leaders practical solutions to help them provide exceptional educational opportunities for students despite tight budgets.

We serve more than 200 educational institutions, including K-12 districts, intermediate school districts, private schools, and public school academies. With knowledge gained over six decades of auditing and assisting schools, our team of K-12 specialists can help your district prepare for school accounting and auditing changes, and we work with you and your school board to anticipate challenges, manage risk, and streamline operations. We help identify new ways to leverage technology, protect your district from cybersecurity threats, improve operations, contain costs, and address aging facilities without overburdening already-constrained budgets. We are the second largest provider of single audits, serving school districts, governments, higher education, not-for-profit, and healthcare throughout the nation. The annual expenditures for government programs audited range from $750,000 to $1 billion. 

Digital transformation in school districts

How technology can transform your school district image
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Is your IT department ready for disruption?
Not sure how your IT department is doing? What’s worked in the past doesn’t guarantee future success. If you’re setting IT priorities (and you should be!), here’s how to assess your IT department for the digital future.
Marvin Sauer
Article June 1, 2021 6 min read
IT Governance: Yours, Mine, or Ours?
Ivy Anderson
Article April 1, 2021 6 min read
Public sector data analytics: Leverage data to make better decisions
Mark Richards
Article October 1, 2020 6 min read

How changing regulations affect K12

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6 min read
The 2021 Compliance Supplement: Key takeaways for auditors and auditees

The 2021 Compliance Supplement has been released providing further guidance for new and existing federal programs. Here are the critical areas to consider as you plan for single audit compliance.

Amanda Ward
Article August 17, 2021 6 min read
Plante Moran provides public testimony to GASB
Michelle Watterworth
In The News April 6, 2021 1 min read
GASB accounting standard update: Fall 2021
Michelle Watterworth
Article September 20, 2021 1 min read

Managing risk in school districts

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Cybersecurity for the public sector: You've been hacked — now what?

Cyberattacks often target the public sector. This three part on-demand webinar series will help you boost your cybersecurity efforts by figuring out where to start after a data breach, determine how it happened, and how to protect your organization for the future.

Judy Wright
Webinar February 19, 2018 70 min watch
Cybersecurity is like a sponge: Five ways to safeguard your data
Sarah Pavelek
Article June 14, 2017 4 min read
Suspect fraud? Seven actions to take now
Eric Conforti
Article January 14, 2021 3 min read
How to spot a fraudster: Red flags that may indicate occupational fraud
Michelle D. McHale-Adams
Article October 13, 2021 3 min read

K12 Thought Leadership

  • 10 surefire ways to attract, retain, and motivate talent
    High-performing organizations know talent brings the intellectual capital that sets you apart from your competition. These 10 recommendations can help you find, and keep, top talent over the long haul.
    Stan Hannah Donna Hanson
    Article November 8, 2021 5 min read
    Diverse group of young professionals sitting on multi-colored cushions
  • The Analytics Center of Excellence: Make better, faster, and more cost-effective decisions

    The requirements of regulatory bodies are changing rapidly, and our clients need a clear path to manage those changes, make accurate and efficient budgeting decisions, and optimize their supply chain. Our solution? The Analytics Center of Excellence.

    Mark Richards Stephanie Henry
    Article October 15, 2021 5 min read
    Three analytics professionals working on their laptops late at night.
  • Financial sustainability: A framework to address budgetary and operational challenges

    Long-term financial planning is more critical than ever to build financial sustainability and resilience needed to navigate future disruptions.

    Kari Shea Scott Patton Elizabeth Addy
    Webinar Oct. 12, 2021 60 min watch
    Close-up view of a hand on a calculator.
  • ESG reporting: Seven steps to get started

    Organizations are being asked by stakeholders for ESG reports. Does your company need to address ESG disclosures but isn’t sure where to start? We offer seven key steps to help you align ESG reporting with your strategic priorities.

    Dan Foote Brett Lawson Laurie Hoose
    Article October 11, 2021 5 min read
    Two business professionals sitting and discussing while using tablets.

Our clients say

I can’t say enough good things about the team, they are incredible to work with, and they are very diligent and very detailed. I have worked with a ton of consultants, and what I appreciated most was that Plante Moran never acted like outside consultants. They truly became part of our family, and they took ownership and felt a great deal of responsibility for successful outcomes along with us. I knew we weren’t alone, we were truly partners.

Tammy Evans Assistant Superintendent and Chief Information Officer, Oakland Schools

Photo of Birmingham Public Schools MI Auditorium Exterior Entrance, a major project during the 2015 Bond Program with owner's representative Plante Moran Cresa
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School district’s bond program improves school security, infrastructure, & technology
With funds from the 2015 bond program, Birmingham Public Schools made improvements to security and addressed critical infrastructure needs.
Andrew Fountain Plante Moran Cresa
Case Study 2015–ongoing 2 min read
Photo of GRPS Southwest Side High School Entrance, a capital project completed as part of the 2015 $175 million bond program with help from K12 owner's representative Plante Moran Cresa
2 min read
Grand Rapids Public Schools partners with owner’s representative to build new high school
Grand Rapids Public Schools builds state-of-the-art educational institution with owner’s representative Plante Moran Cresa, serving students and community members as a space for collaboration.
Brian Weber Plante Moran Cresa
Case Study 2019–2020 2 min read

Our Team

Our team of more than 150 education experts includes CPAs, technology professionals, management consultants, forensic accountants, and facilities/construction advisors who have dedicated their careers to serving education clients. We understand the challenges you face. As trusted advisors to hundreds of K-12 school districts, we take our commitment to the education community seriously, continuously monitoring activity at the federal, state, and local levels. We stay on top of the changes and trends that impact your schools and share our analysis and insights to help you adapt.

How can we help your business?

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