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2016-17 Membership is now available!

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Fall Conference Presentation Proposals Now Being Accepted

ASBO is seeking Proposals to Present education sessions at the Fall Conference on November 4th at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute.

The sessions are one hour in length.

They are to be submitted through the website NLT July 29th to be considered.

Submit your Proposal Here


The 2016 ASBO MD/DC, My Benefits Channel, American Fidelity
 Affordable Care Act Workshop

August 9, 2016

Annapolis DoubleTree Hotel
210 Holiday Ct, Annapolis, MD 21401
$30.00 Member
$45.00 Non-Member


Maintaining ACA Compliance After Transitional Relief:

What Do Schools Need to be Doing Now?
Now that many of the Affordable Care Act’s most significant transitional relief items have expired, it’s more important than ever for employers to ensure they have the support they need to navigate the ACA’s compliance obligations.
The moment of realization has arrived and many schools are beginning to understand the complexity of ACA. Common issues ranging from compatibility between time-tracking systems and the missing information from payroll vendors have become universal obstacles.

Now, it’s time to meet with experts for an audit ready solution. In response to the growing number of questions and concerns over the ACA, the Association of Business Officials MD/DC [ASBO MD/DC], American Fidelity Assurance Company [AFA] and My Benefits Channel, invite you to attend the 2016 ACA Workshop.


(Registration closes August 1, 2016)




Messages From The Board
The Board approved the following ASBO Members to fill the Director At Large Positions on the ASBO MD/DC Board of Directors.

Tim Thornburg
Mr. Thornburg is the Director of Human Resources and Employee Relations at Howard County Public Schools. He has been an ASBO member since 2006.

Bridgette Hurt
Ms. Hurt is the Coordinator Special Projects, Business Operations for DC Public Schools. She has been an ASBO member since 2014 and a liaison since 2015.

Meet your ASBO Board of Directors for 2016-2017.

We want to thank those leaving the Board for their stellar work on behalf of ASBO’s over 1,500 members: Glenn Belmore (Immediate Past President); Randy Sotomayor (Treasurer for the last three years); and Directors-at-Large, Brenton Higgins, Michael Howie, and Leslie Pellegrino. We also welcome new Board members Tim Brooke, Bridgette Hurt, Les Douglas, Tim Thornburg, and Steve Starmer.

 President  Jeff LaPorta
 Harford County
 President Elect
 Vince Tolbert
 Worcester County
 Vice President
 Chris Hauge
 Dorchester County
 Immediate Past President
 Vicky Mayle
 St. Mary's County
 Treasurer  Tim Brooke
 Dorchester County
 Secretary  Suzanne Jones
 Caroline County
 John Cavanaugh
 Johnson Controls
 Director-at-Large  Vacant

 Director-at-Large  Bridgette Hurt
 District of Columbia
 Director-at-Large  Tim Thornburg
 Howard County
 Director-at-Large  Steve Starmer
 Frederick County
 Director-at-Large  Les Douglas
 Anne Arundel County
 Emeritus Representative
 Ken Nikoles


Professional Development
Steve Starmer
Frederick County
Cindy Reilly
Carroll County
Conference Arrangements
Suzanne Jones
Caroline County
Technology, Plan/Development
Scott Germain
Garrett County
Constitution and By-Laws
Doug Pindell
Howard County
Financial Oversight
Leslie Pelligrino
Frederick County
Membership & Outreach
Sally Philbin
Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson

Calendar of Events
65th Annual Fall Conference
November 4, 2016
Conference Center at the Maritime Museum
August 9, 2016
Annapolis DoubleTree Hotel
9:00 am - 3:30 pm



Awards & Accolades
This year, ASBO established a new Award to recognize Ken Nickoles’ accomplishments, dedication to ASBO, and commitment to its ideals and those of the school business official profession - the Kenneth W. Nickoles Emerging Leader Award.

Ken (member number 21) retired from the District of Columbia Public Schools as Director, Office of Labor Relations after 27 years of service, including being spokesperson on all matters involving labor relations. He also developed the first drug testing program for school employees in the nation.

Ken has served in every leadership role in ASBO MD&DC, starting as an Assistant Section Director and Assistant Liaison, up through President in 1981. He has not missed a single Spring Conference until a hospital stay kept him away in 2015. As he did here in his home state, Ken worked his way up through the ranks at ASBO International and was elected President in 1993, only one of two members of our organization to ever have attained this leadership role. Ken is the epitome of a leader and his dedication to ASBO values are not exceeded by anyone.
Announcement of Brice and Shirley Phillips Best Practice Award 2016

The Brice and Shirley Phillips Best Practice Award annually recognizes new ideas and business practices that advance the practice of school business and make significant contributions to the efficient and effective management of school systems.

The awardee receives a free registration for the Spring Conference and a complimentary oceanfront room at the conference hotel, as well as $1,500 that may be used for ASBO professional development events by the awardee or designee. The awardee also will have the opportunity to present at the Spring Conference.

Applications may be found at asbo.org under Awards and submitted to asbomddc1@gmail.org.

The deadline for applying is October 5, 2016

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.
The Impact of an Innovative Learning Environment Extends Beyond the School Walls.
By: Todd Bushmaker AIA, LEED AP
The Secure Schools Alliance was created to help mitigate the unprecedented number of security threats our schools face today.
By: Robert Boyd
After years of putting off maintenance, facility managers must establish a strategic facility maintenance approach.
By: Tammy Fulop
Indoor air quality plays a role in healthy bodies and healthy minds.
By: Eve London
The federal government is rewriting the rules of grant management- are you ready?
By: Adam Roth
Steps to making progress on the road to network security.
By: Joel Dolisy
Solicitation and selection are not the end of the procurement process.
By: Karen Smith, MBA, CFE, SFO
What factors play into the decision-making process?
By: Brian O. Brent, Ph.D., Karen J. DeAngelis, Ph.D., and Nathan F. Harris, Ed.M.
What apps are students using now that Facebook is "dead" to them?
By: Michael Johnston
Awards Focus on Turning Around Lowest Performing Schools
June 23, 2016
Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
"It’s a great conference!" "I’m learning a lot." "Wish my coworkers could be here with me." "It’s really hard to decide what sessions to go to!" These are some of the comments we heard at the 64th Spring Conference in May at the Ocean City Convention Center from the 350 registered for the annual event.

There were a number of exciting changes this year. Hotel accommodations were shifted to four of the Harrison Group oceanfront hotels (and the Bayside Princess was still available for those who prefer the bay side) and the Sunday Night Welcome Gala, held in the beautifully decorated ballroom (thanks Conference Arrangements Committee!) of the conference hotel, the Holiday Inn at 67th Street, was attended by 440 members. Our business meetings and keynote speakers shifted to the new Performing Arts Center at the convention center and over 250 attended the ASBO Night Out (Monday night this year) at Phillips. And, for the first time, conference goers could download a mobile app and create their own schedule, stay on top of what was trending at the conference, and post comments about what they found particularly interesting at the 48 education sessions.
Naylor Association Solutions
Something To Think About
Published in Constructor Magazine March/April Issue

Building schools and higher education institutions today is a much more collaborative effort than in the past, with technology as the main driver.


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