School Business Affairs January 2021

30 JANUARY 2021 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS HOT TOPICS IN EDUCATION 2020 PINNACLE AWARD WINNERS RECOGNIZING INNOVATION Since 1993, ASBO International and Virco, Inc., have honored four school business officials each year for their creativity and innovation in the profession. The Pinnacle of Excellence Award recipient receives a check for $5,000, an all-expenses-paid trip to the ASBO International Annual Conference & Expo, $5,000 in school furniture from Virco, and a prestigious crystal Pinnacle of Excellence Award. The Pinnacle of Achievement Award recipients each receive a check for $1,000 and the striking crystal Pinnacle of Achievement Award. Apply or nominate a colleague for a 2021 Pinnacle Award. Visit . Effective school business officials are experts at combining experience with creativity to develop share-worthy solutions to problems facing 21st century school systems. The Pinnacle Awards, sponsored by Virco, celebrate the work of outstanding individuals whose original solutions maximize resources and enhance student achievement. Congratulations to the 2020 Pinnacle Award recipients—innovators in school business management. Honoring Innovation in School Business Jimmy Hay Director of Finance Paola Unified School District 368 Paola, Kansas Back to School Readiness On the third Saturday in July, Paola USD 368 holds a back-to-school community event in the elementary school gym to help students in need prepare for a suc- cessful school year. The program, SOS: Serving Our Students, is open to all students who are in need of resources and support such as backpacks and school supplies, shoes and cloth- ing, books, hygiene kits, haircuts, nutrition information, hearing and vision screenings, dental screenings, and school and sports physicals. In addition to the onsite event, a virtual option is available for students and families who can’t attend the one-day event or who live in surrounding communities outside the district boundaries. Community organizations, religious organizations, healthcare providers, and others provide materials, fund- ing, and volunteers for the event. The school district provides financial support and obtains grant funding through a charitable trust foundation. The event goes beyond providing the basic tools stu- dents need to learn; it focuses on meeting other basic human needs that many people take for granted, such as new socks, a fresh haircut, and medical and dental care. More than 11% of the district’s student population has been served at the onsite event. Since 2017, the event has provided more than $80,000 in goods and services to those in need in the community—more than $100,000 has been raised to support the initiative. PINNACLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENT