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What's New at ASBO
The Association of School Business Officials, Maryland and the District of Columbia (ASBO MD & DC), is excited to announce the establishment of the Allen Gaddis Leadership Academy. Allen was President of ASBO from 1963-1964 (Member #8) and, until last year, was still a leader in the association and serving on its Board of Directors. The Academy was developed in his honor in order to "give back" to the school systems that have supported our organization over the years. In so doing, we seek to pass on exceptional skills and professional connections to new staff members that would, in-turn, allow them to better serve their school systems and students. This Academy affords the opportunity for one person from each school system in MD & DC to attend the Allen Gaddis Leadership Academy – at no cost to the district.
Microsoft Excel Tips and Tricks MARCH 20, 2017 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm This Microsoft Excel webinar covers many of the most useful and powerful features you will need in a business office and or an educational office environment. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced pro, you will come away with great techniques and strategies that will also save time and generate both highly functional and attractive documents. Time saving tips and little known tricks also be covered. Google Sheets users, no worries, everything that will be covered works in Google Sheets.
Messages From The Board
The Board of Directors has consolidated the Paul B. Bell Award, the Fay Miller Education Leadership Eagle Institute Award, the Brice and Shirley Phillips Best Practice Award, and the Kenneth W. Nickoles Emerging Leader Award under the Awards Committee, chaired by Nancy Codner, Carroll County Public Schools and ASBO MD&DC Past President. Nancy has also been appointed to the Board of Directors.
The ASBO MD&DC Board of Directors will be submitting to the ASBO MD&DC membership nominations to serve on the Board in the coming year. The election will take place at the Spring Conference.
Calendar of Events
Join us on May 21st - 24th at the Ocean City Convention Center. Join us for three days of must attend sessions, networking and social activities.
APRIL 21, 2017 - Register Today Foundations of Maryland School Business Management This workshop was established for all school business officials, for aspiring leaders in schools and support services, bookkeepers and new employees engaged in the purchasing activities including decision making process of those activities and the need of a working knowledge of the rules, principles, and procedures for governmental human resources as it applies to Maryland Local Education Agencies (LEAs). Attendees will benefit by gaining an understanding of the human resource requirements for Maryland School Districts. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of; Personnel and Benefits Administration; Professional Development; Labor Relations and Employment Agreements; Human Relations.
Awards & Accolades
The Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland (PSSAM) named Frederick County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Theresa R. Alban 2017 Maryland Superintendent of the Year at an event on Thursday, October 27. Dr. Alban now goes on to represent Maryland in the 2017 National Superintendent of the Year program, coordinated by the American Association of School Administrators.
Carroll County Public Schools has announced some staff changes. Gwen Ruskey has been promoted to Payroll Officer, Terry Cannon to Budget Analyst Jill Kernan to Staff Accountant II Peter Demuth (Accounting Associate) and Nicole Eckert (Payroll Associate) have been newly added to the school system's school business operations.
Change of Superintendent Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox will be leaving the Washington County Public Schools on March 13th to become Superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina) school district. Charlotte-Mecklenburg is the 18th largest school system in the United States. Washington County’s Deputy Superintendent Dr. Boyd Michael will serve as Interim Superintendent until June 30. Michael has also been named as the new Superintendent effective July 1. Dr. Michael has spent his entire career in Washington County, beginning as a teacher and serving as a high school Assistant Principal and Principal. He then served as the Director of High Schools prior to becoming the Deputy Superintendent. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland. Chief Financial Officer to Retire Washington County’s Chief Financial Officer Chris South will retire effective July 1. South, a Registered School Business Administrator (RSBA), has been an active member of ASBO Maryland/DC since 1996, having served as the Liaison for Washington County since 2001. He also served as a Director-at-Large on the ASBO Board for two years. He has served as a Trustee to the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) Group Insurance Pool, the MABE Workers Compensation Fund, and the MABE OPEB Trust. He has served as Chairman of the OPEB Trust for the last six years. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, South also earned an MBA with a concentration in Accounting and Finance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served as the CFO at Washington County Public Schools for the last 21 years. Prior to moving into the education field, he worked in banking and hospital administration. He plans to spend his retirement traveling, working with the local Boy Scout troop, working on his model railroads, serving his church, and playing with his six grandchildren. He bids a fond farewell to all of his ASBO friends and colleagues. He will miss you all.
The Garrett County Board of Education announced at its February 27th meeting that Ms. Barbara L. Baker will be the Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools beginning July 1, 2017. She will continue to serve as Interim Superintendent until June 30, 2017.
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 May 2016 School Business Affairs magazine and is 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.


By: Les A. Douglas, Supervisor of Transportation, Anne Arundel County Schools Seatbelts save lives. The statement is at the core of what is probably the most successful public service campaign of all times. Since the 1960s and 70s the statement’s simplicity and clarity have convinced millions of Americans to buckle up, saving what studies estimate to be between 11,000 and 13,000 lives each year in highway automobile accidents. And yet this simple message and incredible record of success have also served to convince the public that seatbelts are endowed with an almost mystical ability to save lives and prevent injury in roles which they were never designed or intended to serve.
Propane autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel in world — powering more than 25 million vehicles worldwide.¹ While the U.S. lags in consumer acceptance, the school bus industry has seen signifi cant adoption of the fuel with a 269% increase in propane autogas buses sold between 2012 to 2014.² This paper explores the many reasons for a recent surge in school bus adoption, including quieter engines, lower emissions, and an overall savings that can be pumped back into the classroom.
These basics can help improve the construction process and the final outcome. By Matt Malinowski, MPA, RSBA, PRSBA
Solving complex problems made easier with a framework of action. By David Dolph, Ph.D.
District officials improved air quality by helping the buildings to "talk" to each other. By Matt Conrad
School districts must report data while protecting sensitive information. Transparency is vital to doing both well.
This article, the seventh in a series on effective decision making, looks at how outcomes are framed. By Brian O. Brent, Ph.D., Karen J. DeAngelis, Ph.D., and Nathan F. Harris, Ed.M.
Something To Think About
For nearly three years, Wilkes University and ASBO MD&DC have partnered to offer a master of science degree in education with major in School Business Leadership. This online program is designed for working professionals managing the business of education, such as those working in transportation, food service, finance or public relations.


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