School Business Affairs January 2019

publisher’s message 6 JANUARY 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT QUARTERLY Last month I had the privilege of attending a professional develop- ment session for the maintenance and operations team at Frederick County Public Schools in Mary- land. Bob Wilkinson, the director of maintenance and operations, schedules the quarterly professional development events for his team, and I must say it was impressive. You may recognize Bob’s name—he was the recipient of the Pinnacle Award last year for his team’s employee onboarding project. As a testament to his program, more than 140 of the maintenance and operations team showed up for the voluntary professional development activity. After a 45-minute networking breakfast, the educa- tional sessions began with Dwight Sones, a retired United States Air Force fighter pilot who provided an engaging and enlightening presentation on Matching Your Passion and Talent with the Mission. He spoke about bringing your core values to where you work—in uniform and out—and how participants can use their drive to posi- tively affect the culture of the school district and the com- munity as a whole. The second session included a panel discussion with five professional women in facilities management who addressed Facility Management from a Different Perspective. The panel discussion was followed by a team-building session focused on values, trust, and effective leadership, as well as maximizing human potential, innovation, suc- cess, and growth. We broke into small groups to discuss where FCPS was doing well or needed to improve. We also talked about strategies for improvement. We then shared our thoughts with the other groups. The work we did was both productive and enlightening. During his opening presentation, Bob had mentioned one member of his team, Pat, whose dedication to the profession and the district was beyond measure. If there is an issue with plumbing, day or night, and you call Pat, there’s a good chance Pat’s already there, taking care of the problem. Well, I had the opportunity to meet Pat, and could see first-hand what commitment looks like. It reminded me once again that it’s the people who make a difference in our profession and in our lives. Thank you for all you do. — Siobhán McMahon Colophon: During production of this issue, Siobhan discovered a love of basketball (Go Moncton Magic) and glowed with pride as her 13-year-old was presented with the Leadership Cornerstone award; Pat learned more than she wanted to know about alterna- tive septic systems; and Laura launched a publishing imprint. School Business Afairs January 2019 | Volume 85, Number 1 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS (ISSN 0036-651X) is the professional journal of the Association of School Business Officials International and is published monthly by the association. Periodical postage paid at Herndon, Virginia, and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address corrections to School Business Affairs , 44790 Maynard Square, Suite 200, Ashburn, VA 20147; 703.478.0405 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT — Tom Wohlleber, CSRM VICE PRESIDENT — Claire Hertz, CSBA, SFO IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT — Charles E. Peterson Jr., MBA, PRSBA, SFO DIRECTORS Michael Johnston Angela Von Essen, MBA, CSBA Marvin Dereef, Jr., SFO Bill Sutter, SFO Susan Harkin John Hutchison, CPA, MBA, SFO PUBLICATIONS POLICY The materials published in each issue represent the ideas, beliefs, or opinions of those who write them and are not necessarily the views or policies of the Association of School Business Officials International. Material that appears in School Business Affairs may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission. EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR — David Bein, SFO VICE CHAIR — Matthew M. Lentz, MPA, RSBA, PRSBA, SFO Karen Starr, Ph.D. Brian Brent, Ph.D., CPA Stan Wisler, PRSBA Paul Bobek, CPA Louis Pepe, MBA, RSBA Leslie Peterson, MBA Cindy Reilmann, CPA, CGFM BOARD LIAISON — Claire Hertz, CSBA, SFO EDITORIAL STAFF PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR — Siobhán McMahon, CAE EDITOR — Patricia George DESIGN — Laura Carter Carter Publishing Studio EDITORIAL OFFICES 44790 Maynard Square, Suite 200, Ashburn, VA 20147 Phone: 703.478.0405 Fax: 703.478.0205 Home Page: Email: ADVERTISING INFORMATION The YGS Group 3650 W. Market St., York, PA 17404 Phone: 717.430.2351 • Fax: 717.825.2171 Laura Gaenzle SUBSCRIPTION RATE Seventy dollars of ASBO members’ annual dues are designated for School Business Affairs subscription. © 2019, ASBO International