Introduction to School Operations

About the Instructor

Dr. Mike Bitz has worked in education for over 30 years and is currently superintendent of Mandan Public Schools, a district with over 4,000 students and budget of over $48 million.  He previously served as superintendent in Hillsboro and Milnor, and North Sargent Public Schools, giving him with insight into school district operations in rural environments.  He received his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota in 2008.  

Important Course Dates

Course meeting date: October 6, 2023

Course time:  12:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Course meeting location: Career Academy, Multipurpose Room A 

Final assignment due date: October 31, 2023


Introduction to School Operations Syllabus


Introduction to School Operations Presentation


State Automated Reporting System – STARS Online Reporting System:

Education Practices and Standards Board Educator Lookup and ND Teach:

ND School District Financial Accounting and Reporting Manual:

Child Nutrition Program:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act Federal Programs:

ND DPI Forms:

Web Grants:

NDCC 15.1-07 School Districts:

NDCC 15.01-09 School Boards:

Business Manager Checklist

Board Orientation

Mandan School Board AG Response

Final Assessment

The final assessment for this class will be worth a total of 50 points.  The instructor will provide you with guidance on this final assessment during class.  Your completed final assessment must be returned via email to the instructor via email by October 31, 2023. 


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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.