School Business Solutions

School Business Solutions provides creative, effective and cost-efficient solutions to help your district meet its needs, even in the face of budget constraints and the pressure to do more with less.

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Baird’s dedicated team of finance professionals focuses on the needs of Wisconsin school districts. School Business Solutions furthers that mission in a variety of ways, including roles as general as providing high-level training for new administrators and as specific as developing cash-flow models to calculate cost-efficient methods for financing projected deficits.

Other services include:

    • Board workshops on school finance topics
    • Developing and presenting budget forecast models
    • Supporting annual fiscal audits and related reporting
    • Assisting with costing models for the negotiations process
    • Creating, implementing and reporting annual budgets
    • Consolidation studies
    • Coordinating the creation of a Fund 73 (OPEB) account

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Providing creative, effective and cost-efficient solutions to help your district meet its needs, Baird’s School Business Solutions team will assist you and your staff with essential financing tools. We offer training, one-on-one support and specialized services in cash flow borrowing analysis, budget forecasting and other fiscal administrative responsibilities.

Budget Forecasting

  • Five-year budget forecast
  • Run "what-if" scenarios
  • Calculate impact of state proposals on local budgets
  • Output reports for committee and board meetings
  • Levy and mill rate planning analysis
  • Budget planning and communication
  • Fund balance projection and analysis
  • Referendum timeline and planning
  • Student FTE projections

Sample Baird Budget Forecast Model

Cash flow borrowing analysis

  • Comprehensive annual cash flow analysis
  • Analyze cost-effective means of borrowing
  • Completion of legal paperwork
  • Assistance with obtaining bids
Sample Cash flow analysis

Other Services

    • Board workshops on school finance topics
    • Developing and presenting budget forecast models
    • Supporting annual fiscal audits and related reporting
    • Creating, implementing and reporting annual budgets
    • Consolidation studies
    • Coordinating the creation of a Fund 73 (OPEB) account
    • Annual administrative calendar checklist

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2015 Baird Budget Model Workshops

Friday, November 13
Northeast Wisconsin Tech College, Green Bay, WI
8:30 – 12:30 p.m.
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Thursday, November 19
Northcentral Tech College, Wausau, WI
12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
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Friday, November 20
Chippewa Valley Tech College, Eau Claire, WI
8:30 – 12:30 p.m.
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Thursday, December 3
Western Tech College, Tomah, WI
12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
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Friday, December 4
Edgewood College, Madison, WI
8:30 – 12:30 p.m.
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Friday, December 11
UW Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
8:30 – 12:30 p.m.
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Friday, December 18
Baird Office, Milwaukee, WI
8:30 – 12:30 p.m.
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Build new or refresh your existing model to include:

  • Levy and mill rate planning and analysis
  • Budget planning and communication
  • Budgeting, referendum and salary/fringe scenario building
  • Fund balance projection and analysis
  • New outputs to enhance board/community communication
  • Revenue limit and equalization aid calculations
  • Property value trends and levy distribution analysis
  • Bond rating criteria
  • Referendum timeline and planning

Sample Baird Budget Forecast Model

Ask us about our COMP Module

  • Efficiently budget salary and fringe benefits
  • Analyze impact of salary proposal and benefit increases
  • Upload budgeted figures into your Skyward or Alio financial software-no data entry required!

Sample Baird COMP Module

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