February is a critical time in the school budget development process. To help districts prepare, the New Jersey School Boards Association is offering a school finance conference “Hot Topics in School Finance & Budgeting” on Friday, Feb. 9. The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) at the Conference Center at Mercer, 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, N.J. 08550.

This comprehensive training program will help provide districts with answers to their toughest questions on budgeting and school finance. District teams should attend to learn about best practices in finance, how to do more with less, and the importance of collaboration between the board and administration.

The day will include a variety of sessions on school finance, a networking “Lunch and Learn” featuring hot topics, and a session on the top questions districts should be asking about the school finance and budget process.

Cost/Registration Information The cost is $99 per person. Registration of school board members and other district staff that have been reported to NJSBA through the completion of the district census form may be completed online, but only by the school business administrator, who must attach a scanned copy of the purchase order with the registration.

Professional Development The program offers 4 Board Member Academy credits.

Who should attend? School board members, business administrators, superintendents, and district staff members with an interest in school finance.

For questions regarding this program, please email Lou Schimenti.