Operational Efficiency & Effectiveness

Afton provides management advisory services and supporting data analysis to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness within school operators. Along the way, we build financial acumen within school organizations. Afton’s team is made up of practitioners. We have been in the trenches at both charters and districts, and understand and appreciate the challenges you are faced with on a daily basis. Therefore, our work in Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness aims to provide pragmatic solutions. We walk with you from start-to-finish, and value implementation and sustainability of solutions.

Areas of Expertise

Operational Efficiency & Effectiveness

Financial Operations & Interim Leadership

Effective Financial Operations – including accounting and reporting, payroll, purchasing, and other critical areas – are necessary to be a successful school operator. Afton guides districts, charter networks, and single-site operators in evaluation and improvement of financial operations’ policies and processes. Whether your need is a short-term, project-based initiative, or a long-term leadership role, our seasoned team is prepared to meet your needs.

Efficiency & Cost Reduction

Our approach to cost effectiveness recognizes that every district, charter, or school is unique and faces unique needs and challenges; therefore, we customize our analysis to your context. We seek to understand where and why opportunities may exist, and what can be done to improve. We pride ourselves on actionable analysis that leads to real, implementable improvements.

Turnaround & Restructuring

True to Afton’s DNA as true partners in sustaining high performing academic programs, our team also has extensive experience working alongside operators to develop and help execute financial turnaround plans.  Our work includes developing weekly cash flow forecasts and cash monitoring procedures, identifying and implementing immediate opportunities to improve financial and operational performance, developing short and long-term alternatives to execute a turnaround, and planning and executing refinance strategies.  We have performed turnaround work with both school operators and their creditors and have assisted in executing transactions to ensure viability of strong academic programs that have faced financial or operational challenges.