School Business Affairs May 2019

44 MAY 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS J ohn Broderick’s interest in K–12 education was sparked when the not-for-profit children’s home where he worked built a new pri- vate school for the residents. In the years it took to find his way into the public school system, Broderick picked up experience in finance, administration, human resources, technology, operations, and food service. Once he found a position in school business, it became his pas- sion. He has been director of finance and business operations for Sussex County Public Schools in Sussex, Virginia, since 2010. A small rural district, SCPS is comprised of three schools on a single campus, with an enrollment of 1,075 students. The county school division is economi- cally challenged, with 100% of students receiving a free or discounted lunch through the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision program. Broderick is proud to count himself as part of a strong team dedicated to seeing Sussex students suc- ceed and become leaders. The district’s stated goal is for the school system to become a “beacon of light.” The district earned full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education for the first time in FY 2017. The governor of Virginia traveled by helicopter to join in celebrating this achievement. Changes Broderick and his team made to strengthen support for students include a new elementary school building and a consolidated campus. Cameras, class- room locksets, and entry systems as well as a new emergency notification system and bus GPS devices have increased the overall security for staff and stu- dents. He says the team worked hard to increase visibility at schools and in the community, make use of professional development opportunities, and orient new staff toward an updated vision and mission. A self-professed life-long student, Broderick says he can satisfy his need to learn something new every day by being involved in every aspect of his work and in the ASBO community. A 2012 recipient of the Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship and a 2018 Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations, he urges SBOs to get involved and ask lots of questions. Information gleaned from the website, professional contacts, and vendor relationships have influenced many district decisions, he says. “Membership in ASBO International has meant the difference between mediocrity and having the skills, resources, and professional connections to do my job at the highest level,” Broderick says. “I benefit from School Business Daily , from the monthly SBA maga- zine, and the connections I have made all over the world from attending annual conferences and partici- pating in exchanges and regional meetings.” Spotlight on John Broderick #ASBOcate for your school district’s needs. SAVE THE DATE! 2019 Legislative Advocacy Conference July 8–10 • Washington, D.C. @ASBOUSA ASBO USA PEER-TO-PEER KNOWLEDGE INFORMATION AND TOOLS LIVE UPDATES #ASBOcate Access legislative information and advocacy tools at