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MASBO Business Administrator's Bookshelf: Introduction
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In memorium

“Pupils equal dollars, dollars equal pupils”– Dr. Leo P. Turo



Educational Enterprise

Financial Resource Management

Human Resource Management

Facility Management

Property Acquisition and Management

Information Management

Ancillary Services

DESE Licensure

Subject Matter




Dear Reader,

The structure for the MASBO Business Administrator’s Bookshelf is supplemental to the ASBO International’s Professional Standards and geared specifically to Massachusetts DESE Licensure Requirements (7.09(5): Licenses and Routes for Administrators,  7.10: Professional Standards for Administrative Leadership and Subject Matter).  ASBO International’s Professional Standards was developed for school business officials by ASBO’s Professional Standards Committee.


The Professional Standards are grouped into the following seven areas and sub groupings:


The Educational Enterprise

  1. Organization and Administration
  2. Public Policy and Intergovernmental Relations
  3. Legal Issues

Financial Resource Management

  1. Principles of School Finance
  2. Budgeting and Financial Planning
  3. Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting
  4. Cash Management, Investments, and Debt Management
  5. Technology for School Finance Operations

Human Resource Management

  1. Personnel and Benefits Administration
  2. Professional Development
  3. Labor Relations and Employment Agreements
  4. Human Relations

Facility Management

  1. Planning and Construction
  2. Maintenance and Operations
  3. Emergency Planning and Response (MASBO addition)

Property Acquisition and Management

  1. Purchasing
  2. Supply and Fixed Asset Management
  3. Real Estate Management

Information Management

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Instructional Support Program Evaluation
  3. Instructional Program Evaluation
  4. Communications
  5. Management Information Systems

Ancillary Services

  1. Risk Management
  2. Transportation
  3. Food Service



The Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials, Mentorship Committee hopes that you find this revised format helpful, not only to your day to day needs, but also to provide a context for completing and maintaining professional licensure as required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  The Mentorship Committee would appreciate any feedback on the effectiveness of this format for you as a new School Business Administrator. Please let us know of any additional you would like to see in the future.


MASBO Mentorship Committee







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