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Develop your knowledge of purchasing requirements for School Finance Operations for Maryland School Districts by attendingthis informative workshop on March 18, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at  Anne Arundel County Public Schools Professional Growth & Development Center 
For more information or to sign up, visit the website at asbo.org/professionaldevelopment

Ken Nickoles, Past ASBO MD&DC President (1981-1982), Past ASBO International President (1993-1994), and the first recipient of the Paul B. Bell Award (1996) continues his recovery from a very stubborn infection resulting from hip surgery last fall. Ken has just had his sixth surgery in 2016 and is currently in Sinai Hospital. He and his family are requesting your prayers during these trying times. Get Well wishes may be sent to him at 17516 Shenandoah Court, Ashton, MD 20861.

In case you missed it, registration is open for the upcoming 


May 22 - 25, 2016

Click here for more information!

 and there is still time to participate in the 

26th Annual ASBO Spring Conference Golf Outing

Sunday, May 22, 2016     9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Click here for more information on the Golf Outing

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Awards & Accolades
Charles County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Hill has named Randy Sotomayor as the new Executive Director of the Office of Finance and Business for Charles County Public Schools.

Randy Sotomayor began working for Charles County Public Schools in 1996. He became a member of the Association of School Business Officials MD&DC in 1996 and has served as the Treasurer of ASBO MD&DC for two years.

Randy Sotomayor will officially step into the role of Executive Director on May 1, following the retirement of Paul Balides, the current Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business, who has been with the Charles County Public School System since 1995.

 The Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) credentials, recognized throughout the public procurement profession, which demonstrate an individual's comprehensive knowledge of public procurement was awarded to Mr. Douglas B. Pindell, CPPO of Howard County Public Schools in Ellicott City MD.
The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) is an independent entity formed to govern and administer the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification programs. The CPPO and CPPB programs are highly regarded and respected among procurement professionals and employers involved in the public sector. To date, the UPPCC has certified well over 10,000 professionals primarily within the US and Canada as well as in other nations around the globe. 

This year, ASBO MD&DC offered its members the opportunity to participate to compete for the President's Scholarship to attend the upcoming ASBO MD&DC Spring Conference in Ocean City. The President's Scholarships include full conference registration and three nights lodging at the Bayside Princess Hotel.The Recipients of the scholarship will be receiving information in the very near future with directions on registration and hotel accommodations.

Congratulations to the following members who have been awarded these scholarships. ASBO MD&DC thanks them for their leadership, service, and support of our association.
Mark Morral
Allegany County Public Schools
Randall Bittinger
Chief Business Officer
Allegany County Public Schools
Jacob Bobian
Warehouse Manager II
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Les Douglas
Supervisor of Transportation
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Tom Leary
Asbestos Program Manager
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Elizabeth Napier
Admin Media & Instr Technology
Baltimore City Public Schools
Anita Randall
Purchasing Agent
Baltimore County Public Schools
E. Diane Moore
Data Systems Manager
Caroline County Public Schools
Donna Gable
Accounting Associate
Carroll County Public Schools
Duane Williams
Supervisor of School Security
Carroll County Public Schools
Bernard Barnes
Assistant in Operations
Charles County Public Schools
Roy McHaffa
Warehouse Manager
Frederick County Public Schools
Hope Miller
Asst P-Card Administrator
Frederick County Public Schools
Alison Sweitzer
Staff Accountant
Garrett County Public Schools
Mohanjeet Kohli
Asst. Supervisor for Construction
Harford County Public Schools
James Fritz
Area Manager, Transportation
Howard County Public School System
Craig Blackwell
Grant Accountant
Howard County Public School System
Larry Musson
Transportation Cluster Manager
Montgomery County Public Schools
Alan Heard
Communications Manager
Montgomery County Public Schools
Debra Crone
Montgomery County Public Schools
Joyce Offutt
School Business Administrator
Montgomery County Public Schools
Regina Payton
Food Services
Prince George's County Public Schools
Robin Evans
Supervisor, Offc. Telephone & Wiring
Prince George's County Public Schools
Kristy Miller
Fiscal Compliance Officer
Prince George's County Public Schools
Leon Langley
Director, Pupil Transportation
Maryland State Department of Education
Featured Articles

SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS PERMISSIONS: ASBO International hereby grants permission for use of these (*)articles for ASBO MD-DC  members as requested. Any additional re-purposing or reprinting of these articles is restricted without prior written consent.

These articles (*) originally appeared in the January 2016 School Business Affairs magazine and are reprinted with permission of the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The text herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of ASBO International, and use of this imprint does not imply any endorsement or recognition by ASBO International and its officers or affiliates."

The Affordable Care Act changes the rules of the game in school districts.
By Glenn Clayton
Leveraging technology to be better prepared for emergency situations.
By Steve Waldmann and Tom Strasburger
District leaders are challenged to provide adequate school-based health services with shrinking budgets.
By Richard Weeks, RSBA
It pays to understand state and federal laws associated with food-related fundraising.
By Brett Geier, Ed.D.
The status of collective bargaining in public education has been in an almost constant state of flux over the past few years.
By Charles J. Russo, J.D., Ed.D
Tips for living your life with a sense of peace and balance.
By Simma Lieberman

For Immediate Release:January 26, 2015
Media Contact:Nahal Mogharabi,Mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov,213-244-1815

U.S. EPA Resource Helps Schools Reduce Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution

LOS ANGELES--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a document to give schools and parents ideas on how to reduce children’s exposure to traffic-related air pollution. When schools are located close to busy roads, students can be exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution. The new document,Best Practices for Reducing Near-Road Pollution Exposure at Schools,

"Our children are especially vulnerable to air pollution, which can damage their growing lungs," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "This new report gives school officials and parents multiple ways to limit their students’ exposures to the pollutants from traffic."offers strategies for limiting exposure, including ventilation and filtration, school siting and layout decisions, anti-idling policies, bus fleet upgrades, sound walls, vegetative barriers, and other actions staff can take.

Children are sensitive because their respiratory systems are not fully developed, and they are more active and breathe more rapidly than adults. Children are also more likely than adults to have asthma. In particular, low income and minority children are disproportionately impacted by asthma and are more likely to live and attend school near major roadways.

The document also contains a school ventilation checklist and links to additional resources for achieving clean, green and healthy school environments. EPA created this document in response to interest from parents, schools and public health advocates who have been wanting to help reduce traffic-related air pollution exposure.

Nearly 17,000 U.S. schools are located within 1/10th of a mile of a major road. In California, more than 400,000 children are in schools where heavy traffic may influence air quality. While the EPA has achieved major successes in reducing common pollutants by roughly 99% from cars and trucks since the creation of the Clean Air Act, schools may still be located in areas where air pollution levels are elevated.

The Best Practices document is available athttp://www2.epa.gov/schools/ best-practices-reducing-near- road-air-pollution-exposure- schools.

For today’s EPA blog on "Putting the Brakes on Traffic-Related Pollution" please go to:https://blog.epa.gov/blog/ 2016/01/cars-and-trucks-and- things-that-go/

Secretary Gail Bassette has been appointed to the Commission to Modernize State Procurement. Governor Larry Hogan established the bipartisan commission by Executive Order on February 10,2016 to review all aspects of modernizing the state’s procurement process, including standardizing the interpretation of the procurement provisions in the Code of Maryland Regulations across all agencies; reducing costs for state agencies by utilizing new technologies; developing a statewide procurement manual to be used by state agencies for awarding contracts; and simplifying the current Request For Proposal template to make it easier for businesses to understand and respond.  
"What is desperately needed [in education] are (1) faculty and administrators who provide role models of integrity, care, and thoughtfulness, and (2) institutions capable of embodying ideals wholly and completely in all of their operations." –David Orr, What is Education For?
March 4, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education today named committee members who will draft proposed regulations in two areas of Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This is the latest step in the process of implementing ESSA.
On February 9, 2016, the Obama Administration released a fiscal year 2017 budget that makes crucial investments building on the Administration's work to advance educational equity and excellence, support teachers and school leaders, and promote college access, affordability and completion.
After an announcement of a new effort to address widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities, two educators were asked to react to the news, drawing on their own experiences as special education teachers.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students awarded Baltimore City School District a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant totaling $292,647. The grant will be used to assist with ongoing recovery efforts following the unrest in Baltimore in April 2015.
There is no task more critical to securing our nation's economic future and preserving the promise of the American Dream than educating our children who have historically faced the longest odds. We know that great teaching is the most important in-school factor impacting student achievement, which means we must continue to attract, and keep, top talent and we must ensure that high-needs schools are not only a great place to work, but also are a step up the career ladder. Teaching in these schools should be a reward for excellence and a path to continued career success.  Learn More...
Naylor Association Solutions
Something To Think About

We have been using MCE for the overhaul of Student Desks for quite some time.After a conversation with our Rep. from MCE, we decided to try the Refurbishing of Cafeteria Tables.

The results have been outstanding!

Bottom Line: New 12’ Bench Cafeteria Tables - $1,580.18;MCE refurbishing of those Tables - $499.00.resulting in a savings of $1081.18! When returned, it is difficult to distinguish the Refurbished Tables from that of new. The use of MCE for the refurbishing of Student Desks is also quite cost effective. That service ranges from $16.00 to $29.00 per Desk. New Student Desks range anywhere in cost from $80.00 to $100.00+. The reworked Student Desks are used in our Portable Classrooms at various AACPS Schools

By William T. Hubbard, CPPB
Lead Buyer, Anne Arundel County Public Schools 



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