Supporting Florida's Charter Schools

A Partnership Between the Florida's DOE School Choice Office and Building Hope

Our Services

Hotline

Feel free to call us at (727) 286-3185 if you have a question about operating your school.

Consultation

Request a one-on-one consultation to discuss your operations.

Webinars

Participate in one of our information webinars.

Reviews

Have our consultants conduct a review of your school’s operations.

Documents

Use one of our many sample documents, or have us review the documents you’ve created.

New Schools

Training specifically for soon-to-open charter schools.

We're Here To Help

When you need help with getting your operations running smoothly, give us a call. (727) 286-3185.

Free Resources

We have dozens of digital resources available for free. Download the materials and change them to meet your school’s needs!

Let Us Help

Let us help save you time on the “business” side of your school, so that you can focus on the academics. We can review documents, visit your site to offer suggestions and more!

Professional Development

Free professional development opportunities for charter school leaders offered through frequent Webinars or onsite meetings and presentations!

Recently Added Resources

New School Institute - July 13, 2017

The July 13, 2017 was the fourth training as part of the 2017 New School ... Read More

New School Institute - November 2, 2016

New School Institute To learn more about the New School Institute, please visit: http://www.flcsu.org/services/newschools/ This ... Read More

New School Institute Training 4

The third training of the New School Institute was held on July 13, 2016 in ... Read More

Comprehensive Policy Manual

This sample policy manual provides a sample comprehensive policy manual that schools can use to craft their own policy manual. It is strongly recommended that schools do not just adopt this policy manual, but instead use it as a reference to develop a policy manual that will work well with the school in accordance with your charter application, charter contract and desires of the governing board. Read More

Policy 3.4.4.6 - Compensation for Addtional Responsibilities

This policy is regarding compensating employees for duties above and beyond their typical responsibilities. Read More

Policy 3.7.1 - Medical Leave Policy

This policy is a general medical leave policies that schools are private employers who have less than 50 employees can use in place of the Family and Medical Leave Act policy. Read More

Policy 3.4.4.5 - Employee Bonuses

This policy is meant to provide the option to provide employee bonuses. Read More

Job Description: Dean of Students

Job Description to use for a Dean of Students. Read More

Sample School Behavior Confirmation

This document is a sample list of behaviors which may require student consequences and a list of potential consequences for those behaviors. It includes excerpts from a bullying policy which the parents also should acknowledge. Read More

Job Description: Title One Teacher

Sample job description for a Title One support teacher, if the school has one. Read More

Job Description: Transitions Teacher

Job Description for a transitions teacher if the school has one. Read More

Understanding Your Required Financial Documents

Accounting and financial reporting for charter schools are complicated and often counter-intuitive. This webinar will focus on how to understand the basics of these financial reports. This presentation will be particularly beneficial for Governing Board members and new administrators who are unfamiliar with the accounting systems typically used by charter schools. The webinar will review the revenue estimating workbook, what should be in the annual budget, how to examine financial reports and what to expect with year-end financial reporting and audits. The webinar will be presented by Bill Hunter and Christy Simmons, partners with Hunter and Simmons, CPAs. Read More

The Road from Leasing to Owning - Charter School Facilities

Finding a permanent home for a charter school is one of the most complicated tasks the school will face. Options abound for the facility itself and the financing of those facilities. This presentation will share the various options which are available for facilities and financing from one school's experience moving from leasing, renovating existing buildings and developing new facilities. The school has had land lords, developers, and obtained bond financing. The webinar will be presented by Richard Moreno of Building Hope and Greg McKenna of BB&T Bank. Read More

Getting FTE Correct and Preparing for an FEFP Audit

This presentation will review the state reporting requirements addressing FTE reporting and steps to be taken to prepare for state FEFP audits. The presentation will review the specific components that are required to report students for funding under the FEFP. The webinar will also address some of the differences between the October and February surveys, and why schools should take both seriously. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Andy Binns who was formerly the Director of FTE & Student Reporting for the School District of Palm Beach County, as well as currently the Board Chair of the Palm Beach Maritime Academy, a charter school in Palm Beach. Read More

Applying For FEMA Assistance

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Featured Resources:

Finding The Upside of Risk

This webinar will provide a broad overview of how insurance affects the specific needs of charter schools. The presentation will range from general liability insurance policies to employee health insurance policies, and how you can use your insurance policies to...

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Section 504: 21 Myths and Realities

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is perhaps the most misunderstood law applicable to the education of students with special needs. Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and...

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Legal Update on Charter School Law

Each year Attorney Daniel Woodring of the Woodring Law Firm presents one of the most popular sessions at the Florida Charter School Conference regarding legal updates and changes to charter school law and related cases. Mr. Woodring will provide his 2018 presentation...

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