School Business Affairs January 2019

40 JANUARY 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS A manda Brackett worked her way through college and became the mother of two girls while she was in school. “I not only wanted to prove to myself I could graduate but I also wanted to show my girls that they could do anything they set their mind to,” Brackett says. After graduating, she launched her career working in city government. “I was the deputy clerk-treasurer for a city of 10,000 residents. There were only three of us in the office so I was tasked with a little of everything. I really enjoyed the work, but didn’t care for the instabil- ity that politics brought,” Brackett explains. She moved into a payroll position in a school district and worked her way up to assistant chief business officer. “In July 2015 the time was right both person- ally and professionally for me to move to Tippecanoe County and take over as the CFO for Tippecanoe School Corporation,” she says. Tippecanoe School Corporation (TSC) employs 1,700 full-time workers and serves 13,524 students at 11 elementary schools, six middle schools, and two high schools. At 400 square miles, Tippecanoe is one of the largest counties in the state. TSC enrollment has steadily grown year over year for several decades. “Families continue to move here for the community and great schools,” Brackett says. “Due to our growth, one of our challenges is expand- ing our buildings to accommodate the enrollment. We have become very good at managing to find space within buildings that can be utilized for classrooms.” With little experience juggling a multitude of large construction projects, Brackett found the task to be a learning experience. “My school board and super- intendent support professional development needs and have allowed me to attend workshops to learn more about construction funding,” she says. Brack- ett has also tapped into her network of peers who have experience in construction projects. “Indiana ASBO has been a wonderful tool in both providing the professional development resources as well as my net- working group.” Membership in ASBO International also has proven to be a great resource. “I have gleaned a lot of infor- mation such as federal budgetary forecasts, regulatory changes, tips from peers—I have even sent out ques- tions to other ASBO members.” She is quick to refer to the peer-to-peer resources provided by ASBO Interna- tional’s Global School Business Network. “The library we have at our fingertips is invaluable.” Spotlight on Amanda Brackett Limited to 55 attendees. SAVE DATE JULY 16–19, 2019 WEST POINT, NEW YORK Approach school business challenges with perspectives from trusted leaders. EAGLE INSTITUTE THE