Business Management Solutions

Berrien RESA provides numerous services in business administration, clerical support and operations management, including:

  • Providing business office and payroll services for local districts.
  • Providing technical support to local districts by maintaining the Educational Entity Master, a required state report.
  • Sharing membership subscriptions for various newsletters and website resources.
  • Sharing information relative to legal issues and providing countywide legal in-service opportunities.
  • Establishing a countywide school calendar used by local districts for common planning purposes.
  • Administering pupil accounting services for Berrien County and reporting student count data in compliance with the Michigan Department of Education's requirements.
  • Acting as the fiscal agency for numerous educational and non-profit grants.
  • Serving as the Medicaid biller for Berrien County.
  • Offering newsletter design and article templates, form letter templates, example press releases and talking points for local districts.
  • Provides communication consulting and crisis management assistance.
  • Maintaining a district-wide website that features resource information about all of Berrien RESA’s services and programs.
  • Publishing resource-driven newsletters for the educational community and parents.
  • Providing duplication services for video/CDs/DVDs and imaging services.
  • Providing mail and educational materials delivery courier services.
  • Offering Skyward (business system software) training coordination, establishing the user email list for the software, and serving as an information resource regarding Skyward applications.
  • Ordering form documents (W-2, 1099s) for local districts at volume discounts.
  • Providing representation and coordination with Berrien County Emergency Management.
  • Hosting monthly Berrien/Cass/Van Buren School Business Officials meetings.
  • Hosting meetings for a tri-county Drug & Alcohol Consortium.
  • Securing low cost pricing for ice melt services for multiple districts from a selected vendor.
  • Sharing superintendent responsibilities with River and Riverside Schools.
  • Providing building maintenance services to River and Riverside Schools, including asbestos inspections every 6 months and contracting a third-party vendor to provide three-year inspection reports. Berrien RESA also provides construction project coordination for the two schools.
  • Loaning large maintenance equipment with other districts and municipalities.
  • Serving as an equipment and supplies purchasing agent on behalf of districts.
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