School Operations & Financial Leadership

Now more than ever, school leaders and their senior support staff must quickly acquire specialized expertise in a range of topics from facilities management to human resources. Get immediate consultative assistance on policies and procedures to support your return to school and navigate the pandemic situation to complement your deep knowledge of how to manage schools in normal times.

Based on the positive response to the School Operations webinars we hosted in May and the many questions and requests for follow-up assistance we received, ISS has assembled a collection of timely, low-cost consultancy packages lead by experts in their fields, to help school leaders navigate some of the urgent operational challenges ahead. Current packages cover five key topic areas:


  • Budget and Finance*
  • Human Resources
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • School Health/Clinic Services
  • Legal Liability and Risk Management
*The finance package will utilize a budget scenario tool that incorporates your school’s actual data, to review and further develop an existing crisis budget.

Each of the consultancy ‘packages’ comprises 10 hours of direct online conversations, review of your school’s current policies and practices on the topic, the preparation of observations and recommendations, and a review and discussion of the resulting action plan created by you and your team. Packages are priced at US $1,800 each.

Each consultancy package is designed around a common general format:


  • one-hour orientation and problem definition consultation with the client via Zoom or Skype
  • consultant reviews the school’s documents/policies/procedures/future plans on the topic
  • one-hour consultation with the client following review of the above
  • consultant prepares one-page ‘observations and recommendations’ bullet point summary based on the documents and previous conversations
  • one-hour consultation with the client clarifying the ‘observations and recommendations’
  • the client prepares a plan of action based on the above
  • consultant reviews the client’s plan of action
  • one-hour culminating conversation with the client following review of the above



Lia Cahsai, Human Resources

Lia is a Human Resource Executive with over 25 years’ experience. She is a former Human Resource Manager at the International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and held executive positions in Ethiopian Airlines for over fifteen years as the  Director of Inflight Services and Manager of Assessment and Development in HR, Division Manager Marketing & Total Quality Management and as Department Manager Marketing HRM and Ground Handling Procedures.


Martin Leitch, Occupational Health and Safety

Martin Leitch is a prominent Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Facility Management (FM) professional with over 40 years’ experience. Martin has delivered a range of strategic OHS and FM consultancy services to public and private sector organisations in the UK and Australia. He also developed the learning materials for Australia’s first facilities management diploma program. Martin has worked with educational institutions in the public, private and international sectors.


Anthony Maimone, Legal Liability and Risk Management

Anthony served as the International Schools Services (ISS) Chief Compliance Officer from March 2009 through April 2017 and has remained engaged as a part-time consultant for special projects. Prior to Anthony’s affiliation with ISS, he also maintained positions as the Corporate Compliance Officer for Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., a large home-building company from 2002-2009, and UBS/PaineWebber, a financial services firm from 1996-2002.

Anthony is currently using his risk management skills and theological degree as the principal chaplain and minister at The Evergreens, a full-service retirement-life community in Moorestown, NJ.


Bill Pearson, Budget and Finance

Bill is the Asst. Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer at the American International School Dhaka and has over 35 years of experience working in private industry and international education both as a Head of School and Chief Financial Officer in six countries.


Beth Younce, School Health/Clinic Services

Beth Younce, a Licensed School Nurse, is the Health Services Supervisor for Mill River Unified Union School District in Clarendon, Vermont, where she oversees health operations. Beth has over 25 years of nursing experience primarily in the inner city and suburbs of Chicago, specializing in ICU/CCU Beth served as a school nurse in a large suburban district of 30,000 students. An active member of the Vermont State School Nurses Association, Beth is assisting that group’s Guidelines Committee to develop consistent, comprehensive state-wide return to school protocols and practices (in conjunction with CDC and the Vermont Department of Health). Beth also serves on the Board of Directors for The Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont and the Board of Directors for Arlington (VT) Community Public Health Services. 

Expanded Services

In addition to these consultancy bundles, ISS School Operations offers extended support services in each of these disciplines, including but not limited to: needs analysis, quality assurance, consultation, employee evaluation and the development of appropriate frameworks and polices to achieve intended results.

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