School of Business Affairs - October -2017

12 OCTOBER 2017 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS Leadership in the School Business Office To keep quality staff members and help them grow, school business managers must provide quality professional development. By Lora Appenzeller Miller LEADING FORWARD W aukee Community School District is one of the fastest-growing school districts in Iowa; we add about 500 students per year and build one new elementary school building every two years. Eric Rose, the chief operating officer, and I oversee the human resources, business services, community educa- tion, childcare, nutrition, technology, custodial, and operations staffs—departments that we believe provide the foundation for the district. If we aren’t doing a qual- ity job, the teachers cannot provide the students with a quality education. To keep quality staff members and help them grow, we have to provide quality professional development. Three years ago, Eric and I decided to do just that. Starting at the Top We began with our directors. Communication is key to a high-functioning district. Eric and I hold monthly director meetings during which we all share what is hap- pening in our departments and help one another solve issues. Since our departments interface with each other, it’s important that directors have opportunities for face- to-face meetings to establish relationships. This process MONKEY BUSINESS/STOCK.ADOBE.COM