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May 13, 2021

Capital Thinking: A National Perspective on Funding K-12 Education Capital Projects

From pandemic-induced remote learning to historic winter storms, K-12 education decision makers in Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee have faced an enormous amount of critical challenges over the past 12 months. And despite all of these transformative changes, one thing remains constant: that brick-and-mortar educational institutions are still essential knowledge centers to school districts across the U.S.

Leigh Ann  Biernat, a Certified Public Accountant and Senior Vice President in the Public Finance team at Stephens Inc., co-hosts the team’s inaugural webinar in its new virtual thought leadership series, Capital Thinking: Public Finance Insights for Today’s Market. The webinar series explores the challenges and opportunities affecting capital projects for state, municipal and county government transactions. This first entry focuses on a national perspective on funding K-12 education capital projects.

Alfred Ray, a Vice President at Stephens Public Finance who holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and
spent 30 years in public education in Texas, serves as co-host with Ms. Biernat. In the webinar, they speak with three expert panelists: David Woolly, Superintendent of the Alma School District in Arkansas and former Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Public School Computer Network; Johnny Hill, Chief Financial Officer at the Allen Independent School District in Texas and a CPA; and Dr. Donna Wright, the Wilson County Director of Schools in Tennessee.

The panel discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters, remote learning, common funding hurdles, political considerations, as well as how to achieve efficiencies in funding K-12 education capital projects. Here are a few key highlights.

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Watch the panel here.

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