Fiscal Management - There's More to This Than Money!
Fiscal management requires an understanding of regulations and requirements, strong system of controls, defined responsibilities, and ongoing monitoring. Oftentimes, a small staff ensures that the funds awarded will be carried out to meet the goals and objectives of Title I. Budget development, guidelines and procedures, cross-departmental collaboration, implementation, and monitoring of the program can be successful when starting with the end in mind. This session will explore best practices, strategies, and tools for effective fiscal management and how it allows building leadership to focus on their instructional and operational responsibilities instead of the complexities of regulations and fiscal management. Adopt or enhance an existing process based on the information and resources provided to ensure that funds are utilized for the greatest impact that meets the needs and address the barriers that may impede a student’s right to learn.
Chandra Brown serves as a Title I Instructional Specialist for Prince George’s County Public Schools. She has 21 years of experience in the educational arena and has held many positions serving students living in poverty. Ms. Brown has worked in Title I schools as a classroom teacher, Reading Specialist and Administrator. She has used the lessons learned from these positions to help develop her craft and strategies used to support her schools. For the past three years, in her position as an Instructional Specialist, she has been charged with providing schools with resources, assisting leadership teams in using data to make decisions and with overseeing the individual school’s Title I plan to ensure its implementation, monitoring and evaluation. In addition, she serves as the point of contact for Equitable Services and leads the Equitable Services team to assist private schools to implement an equitable Title I program based on the regulations in section 1117. Chandra is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and has a Master’s in Reading Instruction from Bowie University, Bowie MD.
Leslie D. Ingram-Johnson serves as a Title I Supervisor for Prince George’s County Public Schools. She has over 25 years of budgeting, finance, and fiscal management experience in the private and public sectors. Thirteen years of the experience has been dedicated to the Title I program in which she held many positions to include Grants Financial Analyst and Senior Budget Analyst. As the supervisor, she is responsible for overall fiscal management of various Title I grants and works collaboratively with various departments in the district to ensure the funds are utilized in accordance to the regulations and requirements while having the greatest impact on the meeting the needs of our students. Leslie has advocated for STEM after-school programs and summer resources for all Title I students so that they may have fair, equitable, and high-quality education and opportunities. To ease anxiety with budget development and fiscal management, she has streamlined processes, documents, and reports that are user-friendly. In addition, she has facilitated sessions on budget development and fiscal management. Ms. Ingram-Johnson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from Howard University. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.
Lorelle K. Ryan serves as the Title I Program Coordinator. She has 17 years of experience in the Title I Office developing, implementing and monitoring best practices for Title I schools. She has a passion for teacher professional development; how teachers learn and training that will help teachers improve their instruction. In her position she has been responsible for the overall design, logistics and implementation of several Prince George's County Public Schools' Title I teacher conferences and training cohorts. She is currently responsible for the approval and monitoring of school-based professional development sessions and extended learning opportunities. In addition, she facilitates a variety of professional development sessions for her district. Ms. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Sociology from Howard University; a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Science Education from Loyola College. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Science Education from Morgan State University. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.
Tremika Smith serves as a Program Account Technician in the Prince George’s County Title I Office. Mrs. Smith has a total of 18 years of experience in fiscal management of which six years has been in the Title I Office. In her current position she provides assistance to Title I schools with allocating, expending, and monitoring school based Title I, Part A funds. In addition, she assist Title I school bookkeepers and secretaries with balancing budgets, creating requisitions and processing teacher stipends. She serves on multiple department teams that are necessary to ensure districtwide initiatives are implemented, monitored, and executed while meeting Federal regulations. Mrs. Smith prides herself on being well-organized, detail-oriented, and a team player always willing to support her schools and colleagues.