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Budget, Budget Forecasting and School Accreditation

About the Instructor

Dr. Paul Stremick

Dr. Paul Stremick retired in 2019 after 31 years in education.  He is a native North Dakotan and currently resides in Walhalla, North Dakota where he was raised.  He served as a superintendent in five districts in three different states.  The districts in North Dakota included Grafton, Dickinson and North Border.  In 2018, Dr. Stremick was named the North Dakota Superintendent of the year.

Dr. Stremick took a leading role in a lawsuit against the State of North Dakota to create equitable and adequate funding for all school districts.  Since that time, he has been involved in the re-writes of the school foundation aid formula in North Dakota.

Dr. Stremick teaches classes and offers seminars for the North Dakota School Boards Association.  He has also taught at the University of North Dakota in the areas of school finance and policy for Master and Doctoral level students.  He is currently doing consulting work for school districts throughout the state.


Important Course Dates

Class Time and Location: February 11, 2021, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM via Zoom

Due Dates for Assignments & Final Assessment: Assignment 1 due February 11 at class; Assignment 2 and Final Assessment completed by April 30, 2021


Syllabus

Budget, Budget Forecasting and School Accreditation Syllabus


Reading Assignments

Chapter 8 and 22: Financial Accounting for School Administrators (3rd Edition). Everett, Ronald E., Johnson, Donald R., & Madden, Bernard W. (2012).  Rowman & Littlefield Education.

School Finance Facts

State Aid Projections

NDSDFARM (North Dakota School District Financial Accounting and Reporting Manual)


Presentation

Budget, Budget Forecasting and School Accreditation Presentation

Budget, Budget Forecasting and School Accreditation Recording


Course Assignments

  • Assignment #1: In a series of interviews with the superintendent, principal or the local school board president, determine each person’s role in the budget development process used in your school district.  Two interviews are required. A summary of each interview should be written, include questions asked and time logged for interviews.  Please use the template for conducting interviews to complete this assignment.  Ask your superintendent for a copy of the budget and bring it to class.  Please complete all of assignment #1 prior to class. {20 points}
  • Assignment #2: A culmination document, with the written interviews, should address the process you engaged in for this activity, a reflective consideration of the process and information obtained, and a thoughtful commentary on the budget process for your school district. Identify strengths or limitations of the budget and the process. Also provide a descriptive rationale for possible additions, deletions or changes that you would make if placed in a position of authority. {30 points}
  • Final Exam: The final exam for this class will be worth 30 points.  The instructor will provide you with guidance on this final assessment during class.  The final exam will be distributed to you.  Your completed final exam must be returned via email to Paul Stremick at Stremick@outlook.com by April 30, 2021. 

Final Assignment

The instructor will provide you with guidance on the final assignment during class. Your completed final exam must be returned via email to the instructor at paul.stremick@outlook.com with a postmark date of April 30, 2021. 

Final Assignment

Certificate of Levy


 Questions

Questions about the course? Email: paul.stremick@outlook.com