TSS Offers

Budget Boot Camp for Site Administrators

Best Practices in Developing, Managing and Controlling Budgets for Site General Fund, Categorical Programs and Student Body Funds

A two-day institute that provides participants with all they need to know about site budgets

The demands put upon site principals, vice principals and site support staff have substantially increased. Being a good educational leader alone, although still of paramount importance, does not suffice any more. Site managers are expected to know much more than they were expected to know only a few years ago -- every aspect of the job held by a general manager of a business operation.

Unfortunately, despite increased demands, responsibility, expectations and resulting accountability, no comprehensive training programs have been developed and made available to prepare educational leaders to handle complex and tedious budgeting matters. The TSS/ACSA Budget Boot Camp was developed at the request of site administrators who believe that such a training program is not only needed, it is vital to the successful career and professional growth of today’s site administrators.

The curriculum covered by the TSS/ACSA Budget Boot Camp will include:

  • Developing new year site budgets based on the district’s budget assumptions
  • Understanding the impact of ADA, and enrollment projections on site budgets
  • Understanding LCFF and LCAP
  • The Standardized Accounting Code Structure (SACS) the site leaders need to know
  • Budgetary and Accounting Controls at the site level
  • Managing and training site staff who have budget responsibility
  • Management of Student Body Funds
  • Budgeting and use of categorical program funding
  • Retrieving and understanding financial reports
  • Role of School Site Councils and the budgets they oversee
  • Dealing with Booster Clubs and  the monies raised through them

Understanding how to manage budgets is not only vital for site administrators for success in their current positions, it is important for those who aspire for advancement through promotional opportunities like higher site and district level positions.

Who Should Attend?

Principals, Assistant Principals, Deans, Site staff with responsibility for budget management, as well as District-level managers with responsibility to supervise and evaluate site administrators.


Participants will receive a binder with a copy of the materials presented and shared by all presenters along with any supplemental handout materials filed in the appendices.  Additionally, participants may be provided convenient tools and simple spreadsheets to assist in the day-to-day budget management.

About the Presenter

Dr. Joseph Pandolfo

has worked in public education for almost 30 years as both a teacher and administrator. His current responsibilities as Deputy Superintendent of Business Services for the Rincon Valley Union School District include supervising an annual general fund budget of over $40 million as well as managing a $54 million-facility program. He also supervises all of the financial and operational departments of the District. Dr. Pandolfo came to Rincon Valley after working ten years as a school business administrator in the Mid-West, where he was Director of Finance and Operations for the Westchester Elementary School District in Westchester, Illinois. Joseph is President of the Redwood Empire Schools.

Mays Kakish

is a school district chief business official who has been credited with developing and implementing sound business practices including strong and well-tested site budget development and control processes. She has worked in the realm of education finance for over 20 years. She has been extensively involved in providing training to site administrators about the matters pertaining to budgets and LCFF and LCAP. She is currently the Chief Business Officer and Governmental Relations for the Riverside Unified School District. She has developed training programs to assist site administrators in understanding and managing budgets.

Tahir Ahad

has served as the Chief Business Official at a number of school districts in California. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently the president and chief executive officer of Total School Solutions. Throughout his career, he has worked with site managers in ensuring stronger controls on site level spending and in developing sound business practices. He understands the importance of empowering site administrators with budgeting decisions and the responsibility that comes along with them. He believes that well-designed training is vital to the success of site-based budgeting to ultimately help students through well-managed program budgets.

Date, Time and Location

Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Registration: 8:00 AM.
Institute Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (June 25) and 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (June 26)

Location: Total School Solutions
4751 Mangels Blvd.
Fairfield, CA 94533


To access the online registration form, please click here.

To access the registration form in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, please click here.

Fees and Cancellation

Cost: $575 per person; $695 after June 6, 2018.
Purchase orders, or checks must be received by June 14th.

Cancellations received by June 6, 2018 will be subject to a $50 fee.
Cancellations received on or after June 7, 2018 and “No Shows” will be subject to the full registration fee.

All materials included.
Continental breakfast and lunch on both days included.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email to info@totalschoolsolutions.net

Method of Payment

Make check payable to: Total School Solutions
and mail to: 4751 Mangels Blvd., Fairfield, CA 94534

Please bring a laptop computer or another Internet ready device.

For further information, please email Susan Lendway.