School Business Affairs November 2019

publisher’s message 6 NOVEMBER 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS IN THIS ISSUE . . . This month’s issue of School Busi- ness Affairs covers something near and dear to all your hearts: finance and operations! And the complex- ity of that area of school business is reflected in the variety of topics we cover. Internal Control: At ASBO we have “that” conversation: If you were hit by a bus/won the lottery and somebody had to step in and cover your role, would they know how to do it? Cindy Reilmann kicks off this issue with the keys to developing a thorough internal control document that satisfies auditors and serves as a procedures guide for district staff. Attendance Boundaries: Mere mention of attendance boundaries can cause stress in most communities . Tyler Vick provides a solid plan of action if your district is planning to adjust attendance boundaries. Healthy Schools: Dave Funk provides a thorough examination of the dangers of lead in school drinking water and what to do to address the problem. Bus Drivers: Both my girls fondly recall Mr. Guy, their bus driver in elementary school. He greeted them every day, knew them, and was a source of comfort throughout the years. Nobody else has quite lived up to Mr. Guy. Every district needs a Mr. Guy who provides the connec- tion between home and school. Former bus driver Debbie Curtis shares school districts’ driver retention strategies. Websites. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, Scott Madara reminds us in “School Web- sites: Communications Portal to Marketing Tool.” He provides guidelines for getting the most from school and district websites. School Finance Lawsuits. Considering joining a school finance lawsuit in your state? Al Ramirez provides some important food for thought. Facilities. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to providing an education to students with special needs. Ed Hoges highlights a school in Massachusetts that designed its education spaces to meet the needs of students who struggle in traditional classrooms. Communication. Are emojis harmless? Maybe not, . In our Management Briefcase this month, Nan Wodarz provides insight on how seemingly innocuous emojis can land educators in court. Leadership. WorkingSBM, a school business manager in the UK, shares the importance of being assertive. — Siobhán McMahon, CAE Colophon: During production of this issue, Siobhán teared up as both her girls went to their high school homecoming dance, Pat anxiously awaited arrival of her first grandchild, and Laura learned that two kittens are better than one. School Business Afairs November 2019 | Volume 85, Number 10 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 of­fces. 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, SFO John Hutchison, CPA, MBA, SFO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — David J. Lewis 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 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 S eventy dollars of ASBO members’ annual dues are designated for School Business Affairs subscription. © 2019, ASBO International