School Business Affairs February 2020

publisher’s message 6 FEBRUARY 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS SAFE AND SECURE? The media reminds us every day that the world isn’t as safe and secure as it was for our parents and grandparents. That knowledge simply makes us more committed than ever to do all we can to keep our schools secure and our staff and students safe from harm. School safety has been a consis- tent theme in School Business Affairs for several years, attesting to its importance. In this issue we offer a variety of proven strategies to help districts provide safe and secure learning environments, including Portland (Ore- gon) Public Schools’ comprehensive approach to school safety and emergency preparedness, basic security mea- sures that are effective without breaking the bank, and the emergency preparedness and communications plan in Pennsylvania’s Upper Moreland School District. We switch gears but stay focused on security with two articles about data. Learn why it’s the best of times and the worst of times in the area of data safety and security and what best practices can help your district stay posi- tive. Be sure to find out if your schools have the charac- teristics that promote information security and how to proceed if they don’t. Staff and student mental health should be at the top of every district’s list of priorities. There’s no question that’s the case in Oklahoma City, where the district has part- nered with several community organizations to address the mental health crisis. Molly Fleming of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce shares their story, which is making an impact state-wide. In keeping with our commitment to provide a wide range of topics in each issue, we also offer articles on navigating the new face of “inclusion,” empathic leader- ship, rural broadband, and top Supreme Court cases. And don’t miss our special article about how the Eagle Award scholarship has made a difference in students’ lives. — Siobhán McMahon, CAE Colophon: During production of this issue, Siobhán celebrated her oldest getting her driving license and then realized the sleepless nights begin again, Pat enjoyed 65-degree weather in mid-January, and Laura relished a cozy snow-bound weekend reading The Weight of Ink. School Business Afairs February 2020 | Volume 86, 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 of­fces. Postmaster: Send address corrections to School Business Affairs , 44790 Maynard Square, Suite 200, Ashburn, VA 20147; 703.478.0405 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT — Claire Hertz, CSBA, SFO VICE PRESIDENT — Ed Chabal IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT — Tom Wohlleber, CSRM DIRECTORS Marvin Dereef, Jr., SFO Bill Sutter, SFO Susan Harkin, SFO John Hutchison, CPA, MBA, SFO David Ginsberg Ryan Stechschulte 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 — Matthew M. Lentz, MPA, RSBA, PRSBA, SFO VICE CHAIR — Paul Bobek, CPA Brian Brent, Ph.D., CPA Louis J. Pepe, MBA, RSBA, SFO Leslie Peterson, MBA, SFO Cindy Reilmann, CPA, CGFM Brenda Burkett, CPA, CSBA, SFO Tamara Mitchell Robert Saul BOARD LIAISON — Ed Chabal 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. © 2020, ASBO International