School Business Affairs March 2019

publisher’s message 6 MARCH 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS MANAGING CHANGE Managing change has always been a focus at ASBO HQ, but especially during the past 18 months. We experienced our expected changes— new staff, new board of directors, new meeting locations, new initia- tives to meet new goals. But moving our headquarters office last August required quite a bit of extra plan- ning, ingenuity, and flexibility. (See the October issue of SBA for photos and a bit more history.) Moving a team of 20 staff members who for the most part had their own offices into a shared, more open work space required some planning. Recognizing the importance of buy-in and sense of own- ership, we involved the entire team in the decision-making process as much as possible, from input on furniture and decorating to personality type work groups for seating. Here are some of the things we learned as we moved into our new workspace: • Involve the team as much as you can in the planning process. • Get to know your team and how they work and make seating decisions based on that information. • Create a safe environment that encourages uncomfort- able feedback; listen and be prepared to act on that feedback. • Create a space for productivity: for us, a versatile, adaptable Conference Room. • Include a space for privacy: a phone booth for privacy when making calls. • Create a space for creativity: ASBO Hub (an area to have small meetings) and Surface laptops (staff can easily move throughout the office). • Create a space for fun: ASBO Café. • Create a culture of respect: Library Rules (turns out we’ve all worked in an open space environment—a library). Our next big change is just around the corner, as the ASBO International Board of Directors goes through the process of hiring a new ASBO International Executive Director. We, with our new executive director, will continue to move the association forward, implementing our board’s revised strategic plan and continuing to provide benefits to our members and value to our membership. — Siobhán McMahon Colophon: During production of this issue, Siobhan enjoyed lis- tening to her daughter sing in the All District Chorus and finished reading The Power of Positive Leadership ; Pat visited her son in North Carolina’s Outer Banks; and Laura attended a staged read- ing of her daughter’s newest play. School Business A airs March 2019 | Volume 85, Number 3 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 A airs , 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 A airs 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 A airs subscription. © 2019, ASBO International