School Business Affairs December 2019

publisher’s message 6 DECEMBER 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS IN THIS ISSUE What does sustainability mean to you and your district? As consci- entious stewards of the district’s and community’s resources, school business officials are committed to ensuring every dollar is well-spent. But it goes further than that. We also are responsible for ensuring that we do our part to provide a sustainable future for the students we currently serve in our schools and classrooms. Some school districts have embraced sustainability dis- trictwide, hiring sustainability directors, designing build- ings to be net-zero energy facilities, growing their own food, using biofuels to fuel buses and district vehicles, and promoting environmental education in the class- rooms and around the community. Others are doing their part by installing solar panels, implementing recycling programs, and reminding students and staff that “the last person out turns off the lights.” This issue of School Business Affairs offers some food for thought about the many ways districts can approach sustainability. For example, Missouri’s Parkway School District is fulfilling a strategic goal by focusing on sus- tainability and responsible resource allocation. Some of their strategies include butterfly gardens, CNG-fueled buses, and water-bottle filling stations. Sustainability often begins with a district’s commit- ment to investing in their school buildings. Read about the many considerations and options districts must think about during the building design process in order to get a return on their investment in sustainability. What about the costs associated with crafting class- rooms for the study of sustainability, including STEM top- ics? Budget implications can range from a relatively low cost of funding student Green Teams to high-budget items such as constructing outdoor classrooms and renovating science labs. Richard Weeks offers insight. Today more and more schools are turning to solar energy systems to power their schools. Find out how solar power has become a way for schools to “shine” in terms of sustainability. That’s just the tip of the iceberg for this issue. I am sure you will find many ideas and resources to help you in your position as a school business official. Don’t miss our special highlights this month as well, including the 2019 Certificate of Excellence recipients, the 2019 Emerging Leaders Scholarship recipients, and a look back at the evolution of the SFO program. — Siobhán McMahon, CAE Colophon: During production of this issue, Siobhán received the honor of becoming a fellow of the Institute of School Business Leadership, Pat welcomed her new grandson to the world, and Laura traded her garden hoe for a snow shovel. School Business Afairs December 2019 | Volume 85, Number 11 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 J. Pepe, MBA, RSBA, SFO Leslie Peterson, MBA, SFO 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