The Budget Cohort for Texas District Leaders is a joint collaboration between the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), and TASBO, to offer comprehensive budget development training for school district teams. The cohort model is based upon the superintendent, chief financial officer, chief curriculum, and human resources officers attending the training together. This model allows districts to better utilize their finance and business functions to support and enhance other areas, including curriculum and instruction, human resources, and special programs.

The program includes 28 hours of training and consists of a combination of webinars and face-to-face meetings. All training is led by subject matter experts identified by TASA/TASB/TASBO.

Registration for the 2022-2023 TASA/TASB/TASBO Texas District Leaders Budget Cohort is now open! Register.

Contact Becky Bunte at bbunte@tasbo.org or 512.628.1286 for more information.


Sample Agenda: 2022-2023 TASA/TASB/TASBO Texas District Leaders Budget Cohort Topics

September 22 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center | San Antonio, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • District Data: Understanding Current and Future Data including financial, student, accountability, and program effectiveness
  • Identifying Opportunities for Transparency as well as the Best Use of District Funds
  • Preparing for the October Student Snapshot to maximize funding
  • How to have True Collaboration among all Departments When Building the Budget
  • Legislative Update

November 18 | Webinar | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Budget Allocations

December 6 | Webinar | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Budget Implications of Chapter 21 Contracts
  • Chapter 21 Contract Process
  • Maximizing Staffing

January 30 | TASA Midwinter | 11:45 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Understanding Texas Demographic Trends and How it Relates to Your District
  • Looking Forward to the 88th Legislative Session

February 7 | Webinar | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Focus on Communications:
  • Board Members – What They Need to Know
  • Community – Making the Budget Process Understandable
  • Don’t forget your staff! - Ways to Show Transparency during the Budget Process

February 14 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • Staffing and Compensation Strategies for Campus and Auxiliary personnel
  • Recognizing the Impact of Staffing on the Master Schedule
  • Update on State Funding and Tax Rate Calculations - How to Monitor the Template for Successful Budgeting
  • The Importance of Building a Relationship with your Chief Appraiser and Understanding Your District’s Preliminary Appraisal Values

April 18 | Webinar | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Update on the Texas Economy
  • Legislative Update
  • Understanding the Tax Rate Calculations

June 14 | Galveston Moody Gardens | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • Developing Revenue and Expenditure Estimates for FY24
  • Strategies to Overcome Budget Challenges
  • Projecting Cash Flow
  • Strategies to Ensure ADA is Reported to Receive Maximum Funding
  • Budgeting to Ensure Federal Program Compliance
  • Legislative Update
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