School Business Affairs May 2020

publisher’s message 6 MAY 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS LEADING CHANGE How fortuitous that almost a year ago, the Editorial Advisory Com- mittee chose Leading and Managing Change as the theme of this issue of SBA . None of us could have imag- ined then how appropriate the theme would be today as SBOs struggle to lead in a world that looks nothing like it did a mere six months ago. Two articles this month deal specifically with the ways the pandemic has affected school business management. Risk management specialist Cody Santiago focuses on how school business officials can use lessons learned dur- ing the pandemic to prepare for the future (pg. 28) and New Jersey school business administrator Corey Lowell takes us through the decisions as they unfolded in her dis- trict (pg. 31). In addition, articles provide perspectives and best prac- tices related to leading and managing district growth (pg. 8), considering four principles of change management (pg. 12), moving to a four-day school week (pg. 16), fostering creativity and innovation (pg. 18), transforming education using artificial intelligence (pg. 22), and keeping students and staff safe in severe weather (pg. 24). You’ll also find food for thought in articles on the basics of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (pg. 33), the stark differences between being a leader and being a boss (pg. 38), and the use of Internet of Things sensors to improve indoor air quality (pg.40). Also, get personal with our Meet the Member spotlight on Lynn Buch (pg. 44). On a personal note, I am sad to share that Gayle Isaac, director of business services for Newton Public Schools in Iowa and a much-beloved past member of the Editorial Advisory Committee passed away last month due to com- plications from COVID-19. Gayle continued to brighten our lives with his kindness and laughter long after his term on the committee ended. We miss you, Gayle, and hold your memory dear. Please know that ASBO International is here to do what- ever we can to support you and your districts during these unsettling times. Our website includes COVID-19 tools, resources, and information—please visit the site often for the most recent information. Also, please share your experi- ences, lessons learned, and questions on the Global School Business Network.We are all in this together. — Siobhán McMahon, CAE Colophon: During production of this issue, Siobhán enjoyed lis- tening to her nephew’s amazing live performances from his living room, Pat took long walks with her dogs, and Laura wished she’d learned how to sew. School Business Afairs May 2020 | Volume 86, Number 5 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