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OCSBM Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

The Oklahoma School Business Management Program is a series of business training based on the International School Business Management Professional Standards and Code of Ethics. The program is divided into four levels: Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced and Graduate. The general areas of instruction for each level are listed below.

Introductory Level I

  • Role/Responsibility of School Business Officials
  • Sources of Revenue/State Aid
  • School Budgets and the Budgeting Process
  • Legal Foundations, Policies/Gov. Relations
  • Communications (internal, external, media)
  • Basic Principles of School Finance
  • Accounting and Control Concepts
  • Introduction to Risk Management
  • Audit, Fraud and Abuse
  • Introduction to OCAS
  • The Activity Fund
  • Survival Skills

Intermediate Level II

  • Board Policies for Business Operations
  • Human Resource Management I
  • Budget and Financial Planning
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Monitoring the Budget
  • Risk Management
  • Federal Programs
  • Legal Issues
  • Bond Issues
  • Purchasing
  • Technology

Advanced Level III

  • Supply, Property and Real Estate Management
  • Legislative Process and Networking
  • Management Information Systems
  • Maintenance/Operational Control
  • Human Resource Management II
  • Facilities Planning/Construction
  • The Economy and Education
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Advanced Legal Issues
  • Teachers Retirement

Graduate Level IV

  • Legal Update
  • Accounting/Auditing Issues
  • Legislative Issues
  • Personnel Challenges
  • Online Financial Reporting/Form

Other Seminars Offered by OCSBM

  • Activity Funds Management
    - Fall: Start the year off right!
    - Spring: Closing out the year!
  • School Auditors Seminar (8CEUs)
  • Treasurers/Encumbrance Clerks (12 CEUs)
    - Fall: Introductory level for 0-5 years' experience
    - Spring: Advanced level for 6+  years' experience
  • Purchasing and Fixed Assets
  • Human Resources/Personnel/Payroll Issues
  • Career Tech Issues
  • Child Nutrition Finance
  • Investing School Funds