The Business Manager Academy at the NWESD

Ed here. Last month, I had the opportunity to drop in on the Northwest Educational Service District’s (NWESD) Business Manager’s Academy (BMA). A small, but lively class of eight participants were learning about legislation, levy projections, long-term budget planning, and transportation funding pertaining to school districts.

After the class, I spoke to instructor Lori McLeod, NWESD Fiscal Services Supervisor, to learn a little more about the BMA. I learned that there are only two BMA’s in the state: NWESD and at ESD 113 in Tumwater (which has a different schedule structure). The first NWESD academy held in 2007-2008, began as the result of superintendents finding it more and more difficult to attract business managers with experience or an understanding of K-12 finance in Washington State.

“I loved everything about the Academy. I feel so lucky that I was able to attend…”  – BMA participant

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