SBL-501. Public Relations and School Communications
Communications and community relations are the responsibility of all professionals who make up the educational community. Dealing with stakeholders and creating 'buy-in' and support for school-sponsored programs is a critical factor in a formula for educational success. This course is designed to help participants prepare and manage effective communications strategies related to district-wide and other pertinent educational issues.Contents will be geared toward the many constituencies who have a vested interest in the school, including internal, external and media groups. The course will also provide a legal context for release of information. Participants will ultimately design a plan for effective communications related to their respective role in the school.
SBL-502. School Facility Management
This course is designed to allow participants to develop competency in facilities management to support an optimal teaching and learning environment. Topics include facilities management concepts and techniques that protect capital investments, insure health and safety of students and staff, enhance day-to-day operations and support educational performance of school programs.
SBL-503. Financial Operations of School Districts
This course is an examination of financial reporting and audit requirements, internal control; cash management principles; and payroll and benefit management and accounting. Subject areas are approached with an emphasis on practical application in a school district, vocational-technical school, or intermediate unit business office. Course of study involves a core text, independent research, and work-connected projects.
SBL-504. Financial Planning and Management for School Business
This course focuses on the study of financial planning and management functions in educational institutions. Topics covered include: public education funding, budgetary planning and reporting using various models, and resource allocation and its impact on students. Revenues and expenditures for schools are examined and forecasted. A communication plan is developed to share the impact of the financial projections to the appropriate stakeholders. This course requires the completion of a rigorous online component of authentic simulations and/or field experience in applying the fundamental concepts of school financial planning and management.
SBL-505. Human Resources in Education
This course will cover advanced topics in human resources in education. The course will provide practical human resource information for students to use in their current jobs, or to prepare them for a career in human resources in education. Areas to be covered include recruitment, selection, compensation, fringe benefits, performance evaluation, certification, and labor relations.
SBL-506. Materials Management in Schools
This course will examine various aspects of purchasing, inventory, fixed assets and real estate management in educational settings. Participants will gain practical application experience so that district needs in support of the educational process can be met. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, the preparation and administration of competitive bids, ethical practices in purchasing and contract management, requisitions, management of hazardous materials, and capital assets.
SBL-507. Information Technology in Education
This course is designed to inform participants in the various areas of technology planning and implementation in a school district on the information technology and management side of the equation. The course covers topics in areas including: IT systems management, planning, data management, project management, fiscal management and purchasing and staffing / training issues.
SBL-508. Student Transportation
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the concepts, procedures and tools necessary to manage a student transportation system effectively. By analyzing utilization of resources, personnel and processes students will be introduced to a broad view of school transportation issues. The course will provide students with opportunities for research and discussion on school transportation themes thereby enhancing the student's ability to develop an efficient and safe student transportation system.
SBL-509. Food Service in Education
This course will examine the role of food services in school districts. Participants will study such topics as nutrition and its role in the educational process, food safety, fiscal responsibility, state regulations, managing the bid process and kitchen facilities, marketing and staffing. Subject matter will be approached with an emphasis on practical application either in the student's current position or as preparation to obtain future employment in the field.
SBL-510. Leadership for School Business
This capstone course is designed to examine theories of leadership and analyze applications within the school environment. The topics addressed deal with a wide range of school related processes targeted at school improvement and overall student performance. (Taken in the last semester of SBL program coursework. Department permission required.)