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Double Dip: Easily Build District Scorecards with ESSA Data

There’s a growing trend in school districts to develop scorecards that track progress toward meeting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The progress reports can be used internally to help guide decision making or shared externally to communicate...

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How to Produce an Epic Financial Story

As the finance administrator of the district, having a good story and visuals is perhaps even more important than other roles, as you are constantly responsible for developing strategies.  Even the best, most thought out, strategies are only as...

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4Cs to Producing Your Next Big Presentation

When shopping for a diamond, you’re coached to look at the “Four Cs” – carat, cut, color and clarity.  In producing your presentations, you can use these “Four Cs” by replacing the first two – color, clarity, consumption and consistency. 

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K-12: Forecast the Future to Fight Budget-Busting Surprises

How many line items are in your K-12 annual budget? 750? 1000? More? That’s a lot of places for the unexpected to creep in and mess with your carefully crafted financial plan. Save the surprises for birthday parties by getting a better handle on...

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Employee Spotlight - Jason Rader

Meet Jason Rader, motivating team leader on and off the court.

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A Closer Look: Dig Into District Scorecards for Fresh Perspectives

One of the must-see paintings when you visit the Art Institute of Chicago is A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by George Seurat.  This masterpiece from 1884 depicts people relaxing, strolling, fishing and sailing in a park on the picture's namesake...

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Define, Lead, and Uphold Your School's Brand

What makes us admire one brand over another? Could it be because of what we were exposed to growing up? Our perception based off a company’s reputation, business objectives, involvement with the community, service, or authenticity? Our...

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Four Tips for Building Compelling Visual Stories with Data

As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. But what happens if the picture is sending the wrong message, or the intended message is being missed? Storytelling with data should be a strategic objective for all school...

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Employee Spotlight - Christa Spencer

Meet Christa Spencer, living the best of both worlds here at Forecast5.

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Create school board financial reports in minutes? Yes, you can.

Financial systems for school districts are great tools to accurately record revenue and expense transactions. But, as anyone who is charged with creating monthly reports can tell you, that’s where their ease of use ends. It typically takes hours...

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The Gift of Time: Ditch Manual Reports with the Power of Automation

Why is it the hardest questions often start with “why?” Why is the transportation fund over budget in October? Why are revenues down from this time last year? Why are benefits a higher percentage of expenditures this year?

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See Where You’re Headed with Proactive Management of the Annual Budget

You can’t get where you need to go when driving a car by only looking in the rearview mirror. The same is true for your annual budget. If you’re spending the majority of your time reviewing transactions and preparing reports about what just...

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