School Business Affairs January 2021

Learn more about Allison Wally’s school business story at We believe our individual members and the connections they form are the strength of ASBO International. MEET THE MEMBER Get to Know Allison Wally Business Manager Oxford, MS After several years in accounting, taught middle and high school math—and led her varsity cheerleading team to a national championship. “My first Annual Conference & Expo taught me that when I get overwhelmed by the stress of this position—which can be great—to remember my ‘why.’ I frequently get up from my desk and go visit a school campus. I credit ASBO International with teaching me how best to refill my tank on hard days.” “We are very interested in moving toward cycle-based budgeting for several initiatives. I hope to start that transition next year, eventually moving more and more of our funding to this model.” Aims to improve the district’s transparency by submitting for the Meritorious Budget Award in FY21. “I know I will rely on ASBO International’s resources to create an outstanding budget narrative and report.” “Having mentors on speed dial can keep you from drowning, and my experience is they are always happy to help because they were once in your shoes.” Serving 4,500 students, Oxford School District has one 9–12 high school and accommodates pre-K–8 students with five campuses that serve two grade levels each.