School Business Affairs February 2019

publisher’s message 6 FEBRUARY 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION How can we be creative in this fast-paced world, finding ways to do more with less day in and day out? It is a rare member who tells me they have so much time and resources they just don’t know what to do with it all. So, how do you find time to add creativity and innovation to your day? How do you then take that creativity and turn it into action? In this issue, we look at how some of your colleagues are viewing chal- lenges in different ways and finding creative solutions to common problems. You’ll learn how two districts in Missouri are explor- ing new paths to efficiency. Nixa Public Schools has an extensive program that leverages advertising and spon- sorships as an alternative revenue stream. Nixa’s commu- nications director explains how. Francis Howell School District assessed its facilities and determined how open- ing buildings to outside organizations could benefit both the district and the community—learn about the process from the district facility usage manager. Other articles point out alternative ways your district can provide transportation for students in special circum- stances, the benefits of autogas, the future of education funding, principles of kaizen management, benefits of Excel tools, and field trip safety. Discover how a 2016 Distinguished Eagle Award win- ner made a difference in the life of one of his district’s students and see how hard ASBO International’s Cer- tification Commission has been working this past year. Their accomplishments in 2018 solidify your profession with the SFO, the only internationally recognized creden- tial, created specifically for school business officials.  And if you’re looking for opportunities for face-to-face creativity and innovation, turn to the next page and mark your calendar with all of ASBO International’s upcoming meetings. I also encourage you to log into the Global School Business Network to share your best practices, innovative strategies, challenges, and questions. There’s nothing like the power of the school business community to move our schools and school districts forward. Colophon: During production of this issue, Siobhán enjoyed the first snowfall of winter and caved to family requests and got a Bos- ton Terrier puppy, Pat hunkered down for a cold spell, and Laura reorganized her closets and drawers. School Business Afairs February 2019 | Volume 85, Number 2 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 of­fi ces. 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