School Business Affairs January 2019

28 JANUARY 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS One special needs student is now employed full time at a nearby managed care facility for wealthy retirees, and the mother of a disabled student who graduated from the program started Popcorn for the People, a non- profit whose mission is to train and employ adults with development disabilities. The product line is sold at all athletic centers at Rutgers University. Some graduates have started small eateries in local shore communities; other students are sous chefs at local high-end restaurants and are working at hotel confer- ence centers. The partnership has opened the district’s eyes to other partnership opportunities, Frank J. Frazee, school busi- ness administrator for the Ocean County Vocational Technical School, reports. Partnership projects currently in development include an early college partnership with the local community college and a Performing Arts Academy. “High school students will have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree while attending high school,” Frazee says. “We are very excited about the opportuni- ties that this will provide future graduates. We have also discovered job opportunities in advanced manufactur- ing. We created a local industry advisory board and found someone to donate machinery for the program. The program opened to adult students in September 2018 and in September 2019 we will open it to high school students.” What’s Your Legacy? The creative thinking of these school business officials has begun a legacy of success for their school systems. What legacy are you leaving? If your district has an inno- vative program that is maximizing resources to enhance student achievement, apply for a Pinnacle Award. Recipients of the Pinnacle of Excellence Award receive a check for $5,000, an all-expenses-paid trip to ASBO International’s Annual Conference & Expo, $5,000 in school furniture from co-sponsor Virco, and a crystal Pinnacle of Excellence Award. Recipients of the Pin- nacle of Achievement Award receive a check for $1,000, complimentary registration to the ASBO International Annual Conference & Expo, and a crystal Pinnacle of Achievement award. Deadline for applications is May 1. Learn more at . More than 100 golfers participated in the Ocean County Vocational Technical School Foundation golf outing at Cuisine on the Green. The event included lunch and dinner prepared by the students--and raised $52,000 to fund equipment and scholarships. INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Accent Distributing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pages 24–25 American Fidelity Assurance  Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover Security Benefit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 3