Competing priorities, budget cuts, and a myriad of other issues can cause tension when school boards are budgeting for resources and needs. It is imperative that the school board maintain a budget that supports financial health and sustainability for the district. District budgets provide an overview of how the board will spend the district's money. The school board's budgeting strategies need to best align resources with district goals. School board technology, through a variety of features, can support a more efficient and effective board.
Why should school boards account for school board technology?Board management software is an invaluable tool in supporting successful school boards. A board portal can provide a secure platform for school board members to share, access, and maintain sensitive documents about the budget, policies, goals, and other district issues. School boards are trusted representatives and leaders, providing governance and direction to achieve district goals. With great responsibilities, boards need to utilize technological tools to perform their best work. Utilizing the right technology, the work performed by the board can be seamless and easily accessible from anywhere. School boards have the opportunity to leverage technological tools in order to not miss any opportunities for effective and strategic decision making. Information and materials can be easily shared and accessed seamlessly through a board management platform, meaning board members continuously are 'in the know' and can perform their best work for the district and community. School board technology can equip board members to be more organized, efficient, and effective. Leveraging the right board management software, school boards are better equipped to carry out the mission and vision of the district. Board management software is an investment that supports modern governance and board efficiency. Employing budgeting strategies that account for and prioritize a board portal is not a wasteful use of district funds; this is leveraging a tool that supports the work of the school board toward greater student achievement.
Budgeting strategies to account for school board technologyFor school boards who face tight or reduced budgets or have tension between priorities in spending, budgeting strategies can be helpful in identifying and implementing ways to incorporate board management software into your board's budget.
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ConclusionSometimes the cost that comes with utilizing a reliable, secure board portal can be steep, but the cost associated with the risks of leveraging vulnerable, low cost options is also high and irreversible. The investment in software that effectively and efficiently supports the work of the school board pays for itself. Community by Diligent can support boards in mitigating risk when it comes to sensitive data; Community stores information on a private secure server and on sites with high-level encryption (256-bit encryption is the strongest level of security currently available). School boards have the opportunity to utilize technological tools in order to not miss any opportunities for effective and strategic decision making. Leveraging Community, information and materials can be easily shared and accessed seamlessly through a secure board portal. Community maintains pertinent board materials (such as: policies, agendas, minutes, legislation, and other important documents) and makes this information easily accessible to school board members and the public (various security levels are available to protect sensitive information). Not only are public constituents able to access this information (to encourage board compliance with sunshine laws), but it can be made searchable by keyword. School boards can implement budgeting strategies that promote utilizing board technology that promotes strong governance practices. Community's features support school boards in compliance with local laws and policies, efficient modern governance practices, and securing sensitive data. School boards cannot afford to turn to less reliable, reputable, and secure alternatives.
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