The FCMAT CBO Coaching and Induction Program (CIP) was created to help meet the growing need for well-trained, professional chief business officials (CBOs)and to provide them with more in-depth support. In short, the CIP’s purpose is to build the CBOs’ capacity to perform all job functions, including making essential resource allocations, performing fiscal and business calculations, and supporting leadership activities that advance achievement, educational access, and learning for all students.
The CIP represents the next level of CBO preparation and support programs and is specifically targeted at individuals who are in their first through third year of being a CBO. The primary focus is on school district and charter school CBOs; however, county superintendent chief business officials are eligible as well. Designed as a yearlong program, the format includes an instructional component and a professional coach with continuous opportunities for support and interaction. The curriculum is sequenced to the day-to-day issues a CBO may face during the annual school business cycle, has a specific focus on the FCMAT Fiscal Health Risk Analysis (FHRA), and provides a high-level instructional experience in 12, in-person classes that are scheduled monthly. The overriding purpose of the CIP is to build the CBO’s capacity to perform all functions of the job, including making critical resource allocations, fiscal/business calculations, and supporting leadership activities that advance student achievement, educational access, and learning for all students.
A key provision of the CIP includes providing each participant with a well-trained, professional coach. Coaches are practitioners with extensive service in the role of CBO. Coaches meet both individually and with groups of participants and are a professional resource and professional guide with specific practitioner knowledge that allows them to assist in active problem-solving while consistently building the CBO’s professional capacity. Coaches support ethical decision-making and model best practices while holding the participants to a high level of professionalism, equity and integrity. Participation in the program requires a financial commitment on the part of the sponsoring district that helps to support the cost of providing coaches. In addition, the program requires the participation of superintendents in active support of their CBO
The CIP curriculum is aligned with the day-to-day challenges the CBO will face during the year in their emerging role. Monthly topics are presented by program facilitators and recognized professional experts and include budget development and planning, collective bargaining, position control, balance sheet and year-end closing and interim reports. The program focus is at the application level of the work that all CBOs must perform to be successful.
Participants must be in their first, second or third year as
a CBO. A typical class will not exceed 25 participants, who will represent LEAs
of various sizes and configurations from all regions in the state. Preference
is given to first-year CBOs.