School Business Affairs February 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 Julie Cink Executive Director, Business Services Prior Lake, Minnesota Reduced district health insurance costs by moving to a self-insured model, setting an example for other mid-sized districts in the state. “I’m very proud of my staff for consistently earning the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE). I use the COE as a guideline to let us know we are doing the right things and for providing clear information to the community and board.” “Find a mentor. We want people in this profession and in order to step into it you need someone willing to help you. And we are willing.” Left the federal food service program and established an eco- friendly open-all-day coffee shop to expand food options for high schoolers. “One of the things that really stuck with me from Eagle Institute is when I was told if you don’t have a leader, you have to lead up. You have to step up and take a chance when no one else knows.” Taught high school business and coached basketball before joining a 700-person district as business manager. Says starting her school business career in a very small district and being involved in every aspect was helpful in developing an understanding of how all the components work together.