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

2018-19 New School Institute Training Binder

Access the binder directly here. 2018–19 NSI Binder Table of Contents 2018–19 NSI Binder Table ... Read More

2018 New School Institute Training 1

New School Institute Training #1 - October 16, 2018 Presentation Read More

Florida Charter School Conference Presentation

Presentation The Presentation below was presented by the Florida Charter Support Unit at the Florida ... Read More

New School Institute - July 13, 2017

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

An Overview of the E-Rate Program

E-Rate is a federal program schools can take advantage to help pay for Internet access and network equipment. While this is a free resources for schools, many find the E-Rate program intimidating, time consuming and confusing. This webinar will provide you with an overview of the E-Rate program. You will learn about who is eligible, gain insight into the process, and find out how to apply (even if your school has not yet opened). We will discuss Category 1 and Category 2 products and services, how to calculate your budgets, what your school requirements are, as well as how to get setup in the E-Rate EPC portal. If you have ever had questions about the E-Rate program or been intimidated by the process, we suggest you listen to this webinar and ask an expert. The presentation will be presented by Benjamin Sniecinski of E-Rate Advantage. Read More

How Engaging Staff Can Be the Gamechanger for Spending Waste

Spending waste is a top concern for K12 leaders, and especially at charter schools where funding is so limited. Charter schools can not afford to waste funds and resources on inefficiencies. Join us for a webinar presented by Brent Lomas and Jason Isaacs of ProcureK12 to learn more about how schools can build systems to improve efficiencies. By engaging stakeholders from the teachers to the school's leadership, schools can help ensure the right products and services get used. Read More

Class Size Reporting and FTE Essentials

Survey week for survey two is coming soon (October 8-12, 2018). What does this mean for you and your school? What last minute thing should school leaders remember going into this critical week to ensure proper funding? This webinar will be presented by Kenneth Dukes from the Florida Department of Education's FTE and Class Size Database Reporting Team. The presentation will focus heavily on frequently asked questions regarding Class Size requirements and how to ensure the class sizes are correctly reported. A brief overview of the consequences of not meeting class size requirements for charter schools will also be discussed. In addition, we will provide leaders with a variety of tips and tricks of things to keep in mind heading into survey 2. 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

Featured Resources:

Fighting Founders Syndrome

"Your school is achieving success with a strong founding leader -- hurray! But, is your board prepared for the inevitable moment of leader transition? Are you confident that the outcomes you have achieved will survive the baton pass? Great boards maintain a laser...

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The Budget Process and Best Practices

"As we enter into spring, Charter Schools should not be focused only on the upcoming state assessments, but also starting the budgeting process for next year. Consider joining us for an informative webinar presented by Ms. Alina Chester, the Budget Director for...

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Record Management Compliance and Going Paperless

"The value to staff of having necessary records at their fingertips is immeasurable. Electronic documents provide secure instant access for staff to be able to do the job they were hired to do, eliminating the hurdles of paper documents. This webinar will discuss the...

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