SBO Leadership Academy


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The SBO Leadership Academy is targeted to recently hired school business officials or those who are looking to move up  the career ladder to become the chief SBO of a District or BOCES. The Leadership Academy will provide participants with the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful school business leader. The ten courses (48 hours), in half-day or full day increments, will be offered over a 12 month period in conjunction with current ASBO events or as a stand-alone program.  

Instructors: SBO Leadership Academy courses are taught by experienced school business officials, academic faculty members, specialized experts and consultants in particular fields.


Applicant Criteria and Application 

Applicants must be ASBO members and have at least three years of experience in a school business office or newly hired (less than two years) as the school business official in an SDBL certified or civil service position. 

Applications for the 2020-2021 class should be submitted by May 15 to

Academy Application (pdf) 


Along with being one of the four sponsors of the SBO Leadership Academy, the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) supports the professional development of ASBO members by sponsoring attendance for one person from each chapter. 

NYSIR will pay the full $1,000 attendance fee for any individual a chapter selects. To apply for this scholarship, please contact your chapter president for the nomination. Scholarship applications are due May 15. Questions? Please contact

Scholarship Nomination form  (for Chapter President use)


Course Subject Areas

School Management Relations 
S1D1 Full day - 6 hours

This course will provide insight and guidance on establishing positive working relationships with your superintendent, school board, and other relevant school administrators.
Topics covered:

  • Role of School Business Official
  • Relationships with key stakeholders like the Board, Superintendent, principals, etc.
  • Navigating political landscape and unique culture of a school district
  • Role-playing and case studies involved.

Communications and PR 
S1D2 Half day - 4 hours

This course will prepare participants to be effective public speakers and presenters. You will learn basic skills for communicating effectively, getting your message out clearly, and connecting with your audience. Additionally, you will learn how to create a comprehensive public relations plan from the business office perspective, including how to effectively communicate your budget or other issues to the board and community.

Topics covered:

  • Good public speaking techniques
  • Preparing documents and using technology to effectively deliver messages (i.e. powerpoint, online, etc).
  • Communicating your budget
  • Establishing a public relations plan for your district
  • Navigating politics of board and community
  • Hot topic items in relation to communications (i.e. social media)

Conflict Resolution and Successful Change Management 
S2D1 Half day - 4 hours

Change is inevitable! Hence embracing change is a core leadership capability, and a key driver for future success. This workshop enables individuals to build an overall understanding of the change management process, and develop clarity and depth in their role of successfully managing change. During the workshop, participants will apply practical change management tools against real world scenarios, which will help them effectively lead their team through change initiatives.

Topics Covered:

  • How to Manage Your Day Productively
  • Dealing with Difficult Employees
  • Organizational Conflict
  • Learn How to Delegate

Human Resources 
S2D2 Full day - 6 hours

This course will provide an overview of issues associated with supervising employees on a daily basis, ranging from performance evaluations to job descriptions, fringe benefits, employee manuals, and interviewing techniques.

Topics covered: 

  • Basics of collective bargaining and labor relations
  • Hiring and recruitment
  • Supervising Employees
  • Interview techniques and job descriptions

School Operations (Buildings and Grounds, Food Service, Transportation and IT) 
S3D1 Half day - 4 hours

This course will provide an overview of the non-educational operations of the school district that report to the business official.

Topics covered:

  • Building and Grounds
  • Food Service
  • Transportation
  • Technology
  • Managing these departments

School Safety and Crisis Communications 
S3D2 Half day - 4 hours

This course will provide an overview of the central office’s role in providing a safe learning environment. It will also provide a guide on dealing with a crisis within your district and with the community.

Topics covered:

  • Safety Plans
  • Security Protocol and Technology
  • Relationships between central administration, school buildings, local law enforcement, local municipalities, teachers, aids, and students
  • School Resource Officers
  • Budgeting for safe schools
  • Hot topics in school safety
  • Crisis management preparation when something occurs
  • Crisis communication plans
  • Dos and Don’ts when an incident occurs

State Aid 
S3D2 Half day - 4 hours

This course will provide an overview of state aid formulas, categories, applications, and timelines. 

Topics covered:

  • Overview of basic state aid concepts (fiscal capacity, pupil counts, expenditures)
  • Legislative process (Executive Budget, Regents Proposal, State Budget)
  • Aid claim and payment process; how to read state aid output reports
  • Comprehensive review of specific aid formulas
  • Maximizing state aid

Education Basics 
S3D3 Full day - 6 hours

This course will provide an overview of the educational aspects of the school district ranging from special education and common core curriculum to APPR and teacher tenure. 

Topics covered:

  • Current Issues in New York Education
  • Education Structure
  • Student Achievement and Graduation Requirements
  • Education Programs - special education, Title IX,
  • ESL, etc.

Strategic Planning and Project Management 
S4D1 Full day – 6 hours

This course will provide an overview of the strategic planning process and how to manage a project from beginning to end.

Topics covered:

  • Long term planning
  • Mission goals and objectives
  • Measuring success
  • Implementation plans
  • Deadlines and scheduling tasks. 

Leadership Skills 
S4D2 Half day – 4 hours

This course will cover the skills and behaviors of good leaders as well as how to motivate employees, communicate a vision and collaborate successfully.

Topics covered:

  • Personal leadership styles
  • Motivating Employees
  • Communicating vision
  • Collaboration techniques


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