School Business Affairs January 2021

WORTH MORE THAN RECOGNITION: MBA recipients say the process of enriching the budget presentation—and the resulting document—has value far beyond the award. “The MBA process allows our school district to communicate why decisions are made, what the cost of those decisions are, and how they affect our children. Use the resources on ASBO’s website, follow the tutorials, follow the checklist, reach out to school districts that have won multiple years and see if you can get assistance or templates from them.” Mark DeBoer, CPA, CA, SFO, CSBO, Director of Finance, Lethbridge SD 51, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada “Now that we have earned the MBA, the budget document is used by our deputy superintendent and our school board members for reference material to look back at information and use that to educate others about the budget. It’s nice to see school board members use it as a reference when we are talking about a department, such as transportation, and reference a chart used for buses or vehicles. We look forward to applying for the MBA every year.” Katie Miano, CPA, SFO, Director of Finance, Montgomery County PS, Christiansburg, Virginia “The MBA program really captures the essence of making your budget document a user-friendly, readable document that’s liftable, that communicates everything about your school district to your taxpayers and community members.” Cindy Reilmann, CPA, SFO, Director of Finance, Francis Howell SD, St. Charles, Missouri “Applying for ASBO International’s Pathway to the MBA has been a great journey leading me to truly understand the detailed steps of preparing Brownsville ISD’s Budget Book. By ensuring that the comprehensive budget book meets the criteria set by ASBO International in the MBA Checklist, I know that our budget is following best practices, and is complete and transparent for the community.” David Robledo, MACC, RTSBA, Chief Financial Officer, Brownsville ISD, Brownsville, Texas Find these resources and the MBA Criteria Checklist at