Collaborative Leadership: Finance & Curriculum Working Together to Allocate Key Resources

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Fostering a strong relationship between school finance and curriculum departments can lead to great synergies. Learn how Mansfield Independent School District’s CFO and curriculum director were able to fund new programs by strategic abandonment and redirect resources for more effective spending. Gain insights into how this relationship can help meet new COVID-19 Return to Learn planning and currently mandated ESSA compliance and reporting requirements for both finance and curriculum. This session was originally recorded for the 2020 Envision virtual conference.   

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe specific strategies that were used for collaboration between curriculum and finance at Mansfield ISD.
Objective 2: Describe how this relationship is key in strategic planning and optimizing district resource allocation.
Objective 3: Outline new ESSA requirements and how this relationship can improve reporting requirements.


Karen Wiesman, Associate Superintendent for Business and Finance, Mansfield Independent School District, Venus, TX
Dr. Lisa Morstad, Senior Analytics Advisor, Forecast5 Analytics, Former School CFO in Arkansas

Knowledge Level:


SFO Domain(s):

Financial Planning and Analysis


1.0   SFO

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