Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Donald C. Weaver

Second Advisor

Dr. William Grimshaw

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The objective of this experiential project was to examine the role and functions of the school business manager and the school business office.

Major areas that were examined were budgeting procedures, investigation of school district insurance coverage, investigation of developing alternative revenue sources such as a preschool and day care center, and shared time programs.

Through the investigation of these areas it was found that budgeting is an ongoing, year around process. It was observed that the South Haven Public Schools use a form of the Planning Programming Budgeting System (PPBS) and zero-base budgeting as management tools. Further it was discovered that there are six types of highly standardized Insurance coverage that public school systems utilize. Finally, it was determined that the development of a preschool and day care center, and a shared time program would create for the school district additional revenue sources.