December 2019 Print

    From the Executive Director

    In Case You Missed It…

    The Fall Conference featured lecture topics of Management and Leadership Concepts, Retirement Basics, Developing the Next Generation of Design and Construction Professionals, GASB Updates, Using School Data to Enhance School Safety and more.

    To take advantage of more of these types of sessions and events, look for Spring Conference registration to open January 7, 2020 at


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    Messages from the Board

    Board of Director Nominations

    Are you interested in being on the MD&DC ASBO Board? Nominate yourself or a peer! ASBO MD&DC is accepting applications for nominees to fill Board of Director positions for the term that begins on July 1, 2020. Pease visit our webpage HERE.

    Have you Applied for ASBO Awards?

    The Josephine Gay Scholarship application is due February 1. The recipient receives complimentary registration, lodging and travel to the National School Safety Summit.

    The Paul Bell Award application is due February 1. The recipient of ASBO’s highest honor receives ASBO professional development credits and several awards. 

    The Ken Nickoles Emerging Leader Award application is due April 15. The recipient receives complimentary registration, lodging and travel to the ASBO International Conference. 

    Visit for application details.

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    Calendar of Events

    WORKSHOP: Setting Yourself Up for Advancement and Self-Improvement

    FREE for ASBO MD&DC Members

    Presented by Joel McKenzie from American Fidelity. 

    This interactive leadership workshop will focus on developing your skills for meeting challenges, anticipating and addressing obstacles, dealing with "energy vampires" and more leadership lessons that will help you develop your skills and ability to advance in your career.

    Lunch will be provided during the session by American Fidelity; event will conclude promptly at 1pm.

    Baltimore Metropolitan Council

    1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230

    January 29, 2020
    9 AM - 1 PM

    WORKSHOP: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Buildings For Safety

    FREE for ASBO MD&DC Members

    Presented by Maryland State Department of Education and Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates - Architects

    * AIA CEU credits and ASBO continuing education- certificates will be provided to all attendees.

    Who should attend: Safety and Security professionals, facility planners, design, construction and maintenance professionals, anyone  responsible for providing security improvements, and anyone interested in becoming CPTED Certified.                  

    Participants will Learn:

    1. what CPTED principles are, and how to use them to analyze facilities to improve security.
    2. techniques on how to identify cost-effective CPTED principles and incorporate them into new and existing facilities.
    3. the difference between Threat & CPTED Assessments and how they can work together. 
    4. how to balance Local, State and First Responder’s security needs and requirements with CPTED Principals

    Lunch will be provided during the session by Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates; event will conclude promptly at 1pm.

    Baltimore Metropolitan Council

    1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230

    January 29, 2020
    9 AM - 1 PM

    Solutions Webinar: "If You Can Be Anything, Be Au Sm"

    FREE for ASBO MD&DC Members.

    very day we wake up and we have a decision to make: "What will I be today?" We can be upset with things we can't control, sad at the unknown, or 'Be Au Sm.' This webinar will help you approach everyday issues with an attitude of incredible optimism and the ability to face challenges and move forward. Knowing that the difference between a good day and a bad day begins with our attitude is the key to becoming an effective leader. In this webinar, we will go over personal experiences and share some best practices to help us 'Be Au Sm' and keep an 'Au Sm' mindset.

    The link to join the webinar will be emailed to you. 
    February 26, 2020
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Mark your calendar for our 68th Annual Spring Conference!


    Attendee registration opens on January 7, 2020.
    Visit for more information

    We'll see you in Ocean City in May!

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    Featured Articles

    Image result for baltimore business journal logoHogan Proposes Plan to Fully Fund All School Construction Requests

    "Gov. Larry Hogan announced his plan to submit two bills to the General Assembly aimed at investing more money into school construction and to give local communities more control over failing schools." Read more HERE.

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    Don't Wait to Start Employee Succession Planning

    "If you have employees approaching retirement age, it pays to have a succession plan in place. Among the factors to consider are how to capture long-time employees’ institutional knowledge and who might be a qualified successor." Read more HERE.

    Maryland To Strengthen Holocaust Education Requirements

    "Requirements for Holocaust education in middle and high schools will be strengthened in Maryland, after advocates and elected officials raised concerns about the issue. State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon remarked: “We see the changes that we are making as a substantive improvement over the current objectives and frameworks.” Howard Libit, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, noted that the council believed state curriculum guidelines were lacking, and observed that the timing of the announcement was apt as the first anniversary of a shooting incident at a synagogue in Pittsburgh approaches." Read more HERE.


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    Good Things Happening

    Senator Adelaide C. Eckardt, shown on right, presented the Brice and Shirley Phillips Best Practice Award to Chris Hauge from Dorchester County Public Schools at the Fall Conference. Craig Blackwell, ASBO MDDC Vice President, and Shayla Myers, representing Johnson Controls who sponsored the award, are also pictured on stage.

    Chris was selected for a two-year study that he conducted, along with other DCPSMD staff members and Douron, manufacturers of classroom furniture, matching the right student furniture in a new school, affecting an increase in student achievement. 

    Congratulations to Gregory Gott of Calvert County Schools, and Janet Bianchi of Frederick County Schools, who both achieved their ASBO Certification and received their Certified School Business Specialist Certificates at the Fall Conference.

    Fore more information on the ASBO MDDC Certification Program, click HERE.

    Image result for calvert county public schools logoCalvert County Public Schools is the first Maryland School System with 100% Certified Green Schools. Read more HERE.


    Image result for caroline county public schools md logoThe Caroline County Public Schools SRO Program receives recognition from the State. Read more HERE.


    Anne Arundel Public Schools Earns District of Distinction Award for Enhancing Student Achievement Through AVID Program. Read more HERE.

    Howard County Schools, Mt. Hebron Economics Students Triumph at International Economics Olympiad in Russia. Read more HERE.

    Howard County Schools' Agricultural Science Academy Students Lecture at The Maryland Science Center. Read more HERE

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    Frederick County Public Schools Financial Reporting Department led by Melissa Rollison, was awarded both the Government Finance Officers’ Association and Association of School Business Officials’ Certificates of Excellence in Financial Reporting for FCPS’ FY2018 Comprehensive Financial Report.

    Frederick County Schools and Local Community College Offer Early College Program. Learn more HERE.

    Frederick County Public Schools Purchasing Department led by Kerrie Koopman, was awarded the 2019 Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement from the National Procurement Institute.


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    Strategic Sponsors


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