Business Manager Roles and Responsibilities

About the Instructor

Patty VerDouw is the oldest of seven children. She graduated from Edgeley High School in 1969 and attended Valley City State College and Dickinson State College. She spent much of the next 20 years as a licensed insurance agent in Minnesota. In 1988, she began a 15 year career with John Deere.  Her last assignment there was as manager of office administration for John Deere Credit in Johnston, IA.  In that capacity, she oversaw the daily operations of their 267,000 square foot world headquarters as well as the archival and facilities staff.  Patty was hired as business manager of the Edgeley School District in 2002 and served in this capacity until June 2014.  Patty now works for the North Dakota School Boards Association, assisting with Policy Services and the Business Manager Certification Program.  Patty has twin sons, Justin and Gregory Goettle, who also graduated from Edgeley Public School in 2008.

Important Course Dates

Course meeting date: October 5, 2023

Course time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Class meeting location: Career Academy, Multipurpose Room A 

Final assessment and exam due date: October 31, 2023


Business Managers Roles and Responsibilities Syllabus


Business Manager Roles & Responsibilities PowerPoint


2023 Toolbox 

Assignments and Final Exam

Review information in the Business Manager Roles and Responsibilities Toolbox

Final Assignment: 50% of the grade will be generated by creating a board document for your district. The instructor will provide guidance on this during class. Your completed Final Assignment must be returned to Patty VerDouw at by October 31, 2023.

Final Exam: The final exam will be a 25 question test. You may use your lecture notes and course resources to answer these questions. Once you have completed the exam, click “Show Results.” A screen will appear with your recorded answers and final exam score. The exam due date is October 31, 2023.

The final exam must be proctored by any school administrator, direct supervisor or board member. A proctor verification form must be completed and emailed to by October 31, 2023, to validate the final exam.

Final Assignment

Click HERE to access the exam 



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Where to stay? A room block has been reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites for October 4 and 5. You can use the booking link at,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT or call the hotel at 701-751-5656 to make your reservation. Other hotels in the close area are: Home2Suites

Meals: Light breakfast, refreshments, and lunch will be provided on both days of the New Student Training.

Directions to the Career Academy: 1221 College Dr, Bismarck, ND 58501. There are parking lots surrounding the building.