Ask Allovue: What is Zero-based budgeting?

In most districts, the budget process begins with a roll-forward of the current budget and is adjusted for any known changes (i.e., employee compensation, benefit and pension rates, planned contract increases). In short, the budget of tomorrow is a…

Improve Resource Equity in your District With 4 Questions

With ESSA implementation underway, equity may be top of mind for many superintendents and district administrators. How do you determine whether your current resource allocation processes are equitable? Here are four questions to consider when discussing…

Survive District Accounting System Transitions with Balance

If your district is preparing to undergo an accounting system transition, you may feel that now is not a good time to implement Balance. You couldn't be more wrong! Balance can help districts streamline and minimize technical issues typically associated…

Meet Allovue: Charly Smith, Quality Assurance Engineer

Hi, Charly! Describe your road to Allovue. My road to Allovue is probably the most straightforward compared to the rest of the team. I graduated from college at the end of 2017 with a degree in Game Design. I struggled for some time to find a job in…

Attribute Central Expenditures to Schools in time for ESSA

Districts across the country are publishing and reporting school-level actual spending, many for the first time, due to new regulations in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Each school and district have different populations of students and…

5 Steps to Transition Your District to Weighted Student Funding

1. Evaluate your current state Note: Successful districts transition to weighted student funding (WSF) formulas over several years so make sure you manage your expectations and plan for the long term. Before you begin, review your site-level spending to…

The Secret to Effectively Streamlining Your District's HR Processes

80-85% of a school district’s budget is personnel and budgeting and managing this subset of funds can be complex and time-consuming. Imagine having your benefits packages, staffing rosters and displaced employees at your fingertips? Balance Budget makes…

Improve District Finances Using SMART Pathways

Another new year, another set of new year’s resolutions unintentionally abandoned by February. Despite our best efforts, many of us fail to achieve our goals for various reasons; either they weren’t realistic, we failed to keep track of our progress, or…

Meet Allovue: Jessica Garrett, Communications Manager

What makes Allovue special? Allovue is unique in that it has a non-profit heart with for-profit capabilities, which is an incredible mix for me. I've worked for homeless shelters, theater companies, and as a theater and sex-ed teacher for years, and had…

Better Data, Better Decisions: Meet Balance Power User, Jordan Ely

Jordan Ely has been the Chief Finance and Operations Officer with Ashland Public Schools for three years and has been a power user of Balance for the past year. We sat down with him to discuss some of the challenges facing Ashland and similar smaller…