(SBSM) School Business System Modernization

What is SBSM?

School Business Systems Modernization (SBSM) is specified in Session Law 2016-94 SECTION 8.15 as follows:

SCHOOL BUSINESS SYSTEMS MODERNIZATION SECTION 8.15.(a) The State Board of Education shall collaborate with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University (Friday Institute) to develop a plan to modernize the systems used by the Department of Public Instruction, Financial and Business Services Division, to manage and deliver funds and technical support services to local school administrative units and charter schools. This process shall include modernization of the Division's systems for student information management, financial and payroll information, human resources information, and capital and repairs and renovations planning information.

SBSM Components

  • LEA and charter school enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms

  • State-level reporting (financial, HR, student information, etc.)

  • State-level licensure

Some specific goals of school business system modernization (SBSM) include:

  1. Enable near real-time position visibility and control

  2. Provide data management and advanced analytics for decision support

  3. Replace discontinued and obsolete systems

  4. Simplify monitoring and compliance

  5. Eliminate unnecessary duplication

  6. Increase efficiency of operations

Additional information can be found on the Friday Institute site at

"As we make this monumental journey together,
let's think of it as a journey through a forest,
made of many parts, and while distinctly different,
all contribute to something that is

- Dr. Mike 2018

The tree line of a small lush forest.