School Business Affairs January 2021

publisher’s message 6 JANUARY 2021 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS LOOKING AHEAD WITH OPTIMISM Didn’t 2020 seem like a very long year? Although our recollections of the past 12 months will forever include the havoc COVID-19 wrecked on our world, our communities, and our friends and families, we can now turn our sights to 2021. While the new year will not be smooth sailing, it does offer a new beginning of sorts, and an opportunity to accentuate the positive. Those positives in the school business profession include our communities’ recognition of the amazing role that school business leaders have played and will con- tinue to play in ensuring our students and staff stay safe and healthy and that they have the resources they need as we continue to navigate the constantly changing educa- tion environment. As you read through this month’s issue of School Busi- ness Affairs , you’ll learn about the extraordinary things your fellow SBOs are doing in their districts, from fight- ing social injustice to connecting with “missing” students during the pandemic, to ensuring effective budgeting during uncertain times. We also highlight the innovative programs of our Pinnacle Award winners on page 32. I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again: You are the Leaders of the Year. Your voices in advocating for our nation’s students have been heard in state legislatures and on Capitol Hill over and over these past several months, and that has certainly laid the foundation for what we know will be a positive relationship with the newWhite House administration. (Don’t miss Elleka Yost’s article on page 26 for a rundown.) ASBO International HQ staff members are looking forward to 2021 with excitement and optimism as we continue to roll out our new membership model, which helps us provide support for more school business profes- sionals than ever before, and increase our professional development offerings through roundtables and webinars, micro courses, and more on our new ASBO Learn. With regard to our signature professional development events for 2021—the Annual Meeting & Expo, Winter Conference, Eagle Institute, and Legislative Advisory Conference—we will continue to monitor the situation and base our decisions to have virtual and/or in-person events based on our commitment to keeping our mem- bers safe. Regardless, we promise you top-quality profes- sional development offerings and myriad opportunities to connect with your colleagues all over the world. We look forward to continuing to move the school business profession forward in 2021. — Siobhán McMahon, CAE Colophon: During production of this issue, Siobhán discovered the joys of a good fire-pit with a glass of Malbec, Pat took up needlepoint, and Laura fostered three adorable kittens. School Business Afairs January 2021 | Volume 87, Number 1 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 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT — Ed Chabal VICE PRESIDENT — Bill Sutter, SFO IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT — Claire Hertz, CSBA, SFO DIRECTORS Susan Harkin, SFO John Hutchison, CPA, MBA, SFO David Ginsberg Ryan Stechschulte Wanda Erb Aubrey Kirkpatrick 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 — Paul Bobek, CPA VICE CHAIR — Cindy Reilmann, CPA, SFO Louis J. Pepe, MBA, RSBA, SFO Leslie Peterson, MBA, SFO Brenda Burkett, CPA, CSBA, SFO Tamara Mitchell Robert Saul BOARD LIAISON — Bill Sutter 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 Seventy dollars of ASBO members’ annual dues are designated for School Business Affairs subscription. © 2021, ASBO International