School Business Affairs June 2020

publisher’s message 6 JUNE 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS COMMUNICATING IN CHALLENGING TIMES In this issue you will find a balance of COVID-19-related articles and originally scheduled articles. We are committed to providing you with articles that are relevant during this pandemic and those that you will find beneficial when we are through this crisis. We are all in this together. As I write this, ASBO HQ staff are wrapping up our ninth week in a virtual work environ- ment. Not only are we communicating solely by email, telephone, and videoconferencing, our overall focus has shifted significantly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We, like many of you, have been on more Zoom, Teams, video, and conference calls in the past nine weeks alone than we have over the entirety of the past few years. Our discussions focus on questions such as: What do our mem- bers need right now? How can we support our mission and the profession? How do we ensure we are providing vitally important information to help them do their jobs? Our education department has moved swiftly. Webi- nars were updated to focus on COVID-19 and are offered at no cost to the profession. We are working with our Education Committee and Editorial Advisory Com- mittee to identify Round Table discussions for members. We opened our blog to members and nonmembers, focusing on a Coronavirus Update: What Should SBOs Know? This blog is updated almost daily. On our ASBO Network, our members are sharing how-to guides on reopening the workplace, questions and answers on elec- tronic payments and invoicing, details about retirement incentive programs, and more. Our legislative department has been working closely with our Legislative Advisory Committee and other national education associations groups, including AFT, NEA, AASA, NAESP, NASSP, NSBA, NASBE, National PTA, and CCSSO, to advocate for our schools right now. We also have been in regular communications with international education leaders around the world. I Zoom into a weekly call with the members of the Institute of School Business Leadership, which has participants from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the U.S., England, South Africa, and more. Turn to page 30 for a snapshot of just some of the topics the executive directors of the Canadian ASBO affiliates discussed at the beginning of May. We will continue to share as much information as we can. Please let us know how we, your professional asso- ciation, can help. Colophon: During production of this issue, Siobhan celebrated her daughter’s 15th birthday and the joys of leftover cake, Pat discovered Nutella oatmeal cookies, and Laura enjoyed the spring breeze on her screened porch. School Business Afairs June 2020 | Volume 86, Number 6 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