Designed to supplement the great professional development offered by CASBO in each of our disciplines, our newest podcast will feature topics that you can return to again and again when you need more information on any particular subject.

Hear your colleagues’ voices as they share their wealth of knowledge and school business perspectives on issues affecting public education in California!

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Episode 23: A Conversation with Mike Fine, CEO of FCMAT

Mike Fine, CEO of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team’s (FCMAT), joins CASBO President Tina Douglas and President Elect Eric Dill for an informative discussion on fiscal responsibility in California school business.

Mike Fine, CEO, Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT)

Episode 22: 2023-24 May Revise

CASBO’s Legislative Committee Chair and Governmental Relations team discuss CASBO’s analysis and response to the Governor’s May Revision in this episode. Listen to our budget priorities and advocacy efforts as we make sure our voices are heard when the Legislature and Administration work toward the final state budget act.

Darrin Watters, Deputy Superintendent/Business Services, Hemet Unified, CASBO Legislative Committee Chair
Elizabeth Esquivel, Assistant Executive Director, Governmental Relations, CASBO
Mishaal Gil, Director, Policy & Advocacy, CASBO

Episode 21: CASBO’s Legislative Advocacy

Now that the Governor’s 2023-24 budget proposal has been released and is in the hands of the legislature, CASBO members and advocates are hard at work analyzing bills and making our voices heard. Learn about our budget priorities, how we shape legislation, and how you can get involved with legislative advocacy on behalf of your school district.

Gary Stine, Executive Director of Support Services, Orange County Department of Education, and Chair, CASBO Legislative Committee
Elizabeth Esquivel, Assistant Executive Director, Governmental Relations, CASBO
Mishaal Gil, Director, Policy & Advocacy, CASBO

Episode 20: Fiscal Outlook for Schools

What is on the horizon for next year’s budget, and what options does the state have to address a drop in revenue? The Legislative Analyst for K-12 Education discusses the recent report on the fiscal outlook for schools and its recommendations to the Legislature for school funding.

Edgar Cabral, Deputy Legislative Analyst, K-12 Education, California Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Episode 19: Preparing for the Next Job

With so much turnover in school business in the last two years, there have never been more opportunities to promote into a new position. Our guests give their advice on fine-tuning your resume, preparing for interviews, and taking advantage of CASBO training so you will be ready for that next job and stand out in the hiring process.

Aaron Heinz, Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Services, Colusa County Office of Education
Matt Phillips, CPA, Director of Management Consulting Services, School Services of California
Tracy Petrillo, Ed.D., CAE – Chief Learning Officer, CASBO

Additional Resources:
Leadership & How to Get a Promotion – Presentation

Episode 18: 2022-23 May Revise

When Governor Newsom released his proposed budget in January, many K-12 funding issues were pushed off, including the final Local Control Funding Formula cost-of-living adjustment, addressing the Gann Limit, and dealing with a staggering drop in average daily attendance. In this episode, we’ll discuss the newly released May revise with members of CASBO’s Governmental Relations team and compare the Governor’s new proposals against the Legislature’s priorities as we outline the road to state budget adoption next month.

Elizabeth Esquivel, Senior Director, Policy & Governance, CASBO

Gary Stine, Executive Director of Support Services, Orange County Department of Education, and Chair, CASBO Legislative Committee

Additional Resources:

Governor Newsom Releases the May Revision Budget: State Surplus of $97 Billion, Economic Growth Expected to Continue at Slower Rate Than Projected in January

Episode 17: 2022-23 Governor’s January Budget Proposal

The Governor has released his initial budget proposal for 2022-23. In this episode we discuss his key proposals, the historic levels of funding, other pending legislation, and how this may impact school district budgets.

Tatia Davenport, Chief Executive Officer, CASBO
Sara Bachez, Chief Governmental Relations Officer, CASBO

Additional Resources

CASBO NewsBreak 2022-04 –  Governor Newsom Releases the 2022-23 State Budget Proposal

Episode 16: Declining Enrollment – Brace for Impact

Statewide declining enrollment became worse during the pandemic, and districts have not yet rebounded to their pre-COVID levels. Districts will return to funding based on actual attendance next school year if Gov. Newsom and the Legislature do not act to prevent a fiscal cliff.

In this episode, our guests will provide advice on planning for different funding scenarios and offer suggestions on how the state can solve this problem.

Candi Clark, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent of Business Services, Alameda County Office of Education
Jennifer Stahlheber, Chief Financial Officer, San Juan Unified School District
Tony Wold, Ed.D., Former Associate Superintendent of Business Services, West Contra Costa Unified School District

Episode 15: Be Prepared

If we’ve learned anything in the last two years, it’s that the unexpected will happen. While our attention has been devoted to dealing with the crisis caused by the pandemic, other emergencies continue to affect our schools.

In this episode, our guests will talk about handling multiple emergencies, lessons learned from recent disasters, and how planning can help with your local education agency’s financial recovery.

Joe Anderson, Emergency Services Manager, California Department of Education
Judy Miller, Director, Risk Management & Environmental Safety, Perris Union HSD; and Chair, CASBO Risk Management Professional Council
Erin Tarkhanian, Loss Prevention Coordinator, Redwood Empire Schools’ Insurance Group; and Chair, CASBO Sacramento Section Risk Management Professional Council
Jake Wolf, Staff Services Manager, Emergency Services Team, California Department of Education

Episode 14: Purchasing Power

Purchasing departments across the state are dealing with supply shortages, price increases, and contracting new services to deal with the pandemic in addition to meeting the usual needs of schools in a year that was supposed to open more normally–but didn’t. We talk to three experts on how they are addressing these problems and what advice they have for districts to overcome these challenges.

Leeann Errotabere, Former CASBO President, Director of Purchasing – Clovis Unified School District
Sharon Clay, Director, Purchasing, Warehouse & Duplicating Services – Cajon Valley
Tony Crapo, Director of Purchasing & Support Services – Sequoia Union High School District

Episode 13 – Rethinking Special Education Funding

The way California provides funding for students with disabilities has not changed in decades and is the largest remaining categorical program in the state.  WestEd has been researching alternatives that could provide more efficiency in how existing resources are distributed to school districts along with better accountability to enhance services and improve outcomes for students.  The WestEd study on special education finance has been released.  We talk to one of the study authors on their findings and recommendations to rethink the state’s funding model and align it with other current accountability systems.

Jason Willis, Director, Resource Planning, WestEd

Episode 12 – Food for Thought

While most of California has moved “Beyond the Blueprint,” it is anything but business as usual for schools.  This summer, we will highlight the challenges in different areas of school business as we prepare for full reopening this fall.  In Nutrition Services, in-person service will continue under the current USDA waivers.  We talk to three CASBO members about what this will mean for their programs, what logistics issues they are dealing with, and the big news from Sacramento this week on the deal reached to continue no-cost meals for all students next year.

Jennifer Marrone, Food & Nutrition Services Business Manager, San Diego Unified School District, CASBO State Director
Ralph Peschek, Chief Business Officer, William S. Hart Union High School District, CASBO Legislative Committee Member
Dominic Machi, Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, CASBO State Nutrition Services Professional Council Chair

Episode 11 – May Revise

Following a week of good news for education, the governor released the May Revision to his 2021-22 budget proposal. CASBO’s advocates, Sara Bachez and Elizabeth Esquivel discuss the highlights in the budget and the outlook for increased funding and programs.

Sara Bachez, CASBO Chief Governmental Relations Officer
Elizabeth Esquivel,  CASBO Senior Director of Policy & Governance