August 2019 Print

    From the Executive Director

    As the summer is winding down and the school year is gearing up I wish everybody a wonderful start to the 2019-2020 school year.

    You likely remember Karen Holland, our Wednesday morning speaker from this past  Spring Conference. Karen is a Teacher of the Year from Worcester County. After Karen's address to our group she was heading to take her group of special education students to the boardwalk to encourage positive social interaction between her group of cognitive disabled students and the community in which they live. Following is a student success story from that trip that Karen has shared with us. Click HERE

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    Messages from the Board

    Board of Director Nominations

    Are you interested in being on the MD&DC ASBO Board? Yes, you can nominate yourself. ASBO MD&DC is accepting applications for nominees to fill Board of Director positions for the term that begins on July 1, 2020. If you would like to apply or nominate someone, please visit our webpage HERE.

    Join us for "A Taste of the Chesapeake"

    As the host affiliate for the 2019 ASBO International  Annual Conference & Expo, ASBO MD&DC will hold ″A Taste of the Chesapeake″ reception, free with your conference registration, on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Catch up with colleagues, enjoy a selection of local delicacies including mini crab cakes, oysters, Smith Island pies, cocktails and more.

    Register to attend the ASBO International Annual Conference & Expo—October 25-28, 2019 HERE or by visiting 

    Follow ASBO MD&DC on Twitter

    Hear the latest news from ASBO MD&DC including announcements of new professional development offerings, conference registration announcements and more. Follow @ASBOMDDC or click the Twitter icon to the left.

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    Calendar of Events

    Our Foundations of School Business Management Course Listing is Posted - Registration is Open! 

    These courses will give our members the opportunity to understand, develop, and enhance their leadership skills using a flexible approach that includes discussion, assessment, and application of principals and techniques to help our members become more self-assured and effective contributors to an educational leadership team.

    These classes are offered as a short-term session no more than one day for six hours. We realize that there is a need for courses to be conveniently delivered for working professionals. Click the links below for more information and to register today!

    Government Fund Accounting
    September 17, 2019
    Facilities Management
    October 10, 2019 
    Human Resources
    November 26, 2019
    Transportation Operations
    December 16, 2019 
    Information Technology
    January 7, 2020 
    Safety & Risk Management
    February 12, 2020 
    Food & Nutrition Services
    April 7, 2020
    April 21, 2020

    Registration will open on September 4th for the 2019 Fall Conference!

    Mark your calendar now for the 2019 ASBO MD&DC 68th Annual Fall Conference on November 15, 2019 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum, MD. You won't want to miss the best one-day professional development opportunity around! Visit for more information and to register (on September 4th) to attend. 

    ASBO MD&DC is continuing its successful Solutions Webinar 

    Series - free for ASBO MD&DC Members. Check our website frequently as more webinars will be added. Click HERE for more details and registration information.

    Student Loan Forgiveness Program for Educators
    Presented by James Farally of AXA Financial Services, this webinar will introduce you to the Student Loan Forgiveness Program highlighting who is eligible for loan relief and how to apply for loan forgiveness. It will also discuss several typical loan scenario’s and how this program will apply to each.
    Sept. 18, 2019
    11:00 – 12:00 PM
    Latest Developments in Cooperative Purchasing
    Presented by Greg Menchen and Lisa Sloane of Omnia Partners
    This presentation is specifically directed to K-12 and Community College procurement officials. It will present an overview of cooperative purchasing, benefits of cooperative purchasing, new trends in cooperatives, examples of contracts available, how to participate and discuss the consolidation of US Communities and Omnia Partners.
    Oct. 15, 2019
    11:00 – 12:00 PM

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    Featured Articles

    New Guidelines Announced for Free and Reduced- Price School Meals

    The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced revised Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for free and reduced-price school meals.  The guidelines are set by the federal government and adopted by MSDE. They are used to determine eligibility for free or reduced-price meals in child nutrition programs for the period of  July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’ more

    Maryland Career & Technical Students Shine At National Leadership and Skills Conference

    Half of Maryland Competitors Finish in National Top Ten

    Maryland’s SkillsUSA delegation brought home 18 medals from the 55th  Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), recently held in Louisville, KY.  A team of the state’s most talented Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students showcased their skills in 94 CTE competitions. Demonstrating exemplary CTE training, Maryland students challenged 6,400 other student champions from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

    Maryland more

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) in K12 Education

    So what exactly is AI? The simplest explanation is that AI trains a machine to do tasks that simulate some of what the human brain can do... read more 

    MABE Announces Selection of Excellence in Education Award Recipient Dr. Nancy Grasmick

    The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick as the recipient of the Association's 2019 Excellence in Education Award.

    MABE established this award in 2012 to honor then-retiring executive director Dr. Carl W. Smith. It is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to excellence in public education in Maryland. Nominations must be submitted by Maryland school board members and supported by no less than three individuals.

    Maryland's first female superintendent, Dr. Grasmick also remains the longest-serving appointed superintendent in the United States with 20 years of service. Prior to her appointment as the State Superintendent of Schools, she initially focused on teaching deaf children at the William S. Baer School in Baltimore, and then rose among the ranks in Baltimore County to become a principal, supervisor and assistant and associate superintendent.

    The nomination submission for Dr. Grasmick observed that "with a strong focus on student achievement, teaching quality and funding for public schools, this nominee made significant, visionary strides to improve the quality of public schools across the state. Combining experience with knowledge, vision, and strong political skills, the nominee instituted changes that have defined education in Maryland for decades. The nominee's visionary leadership had a ripple effect across the nation as other states followed Maryland's lead."

    Learning of her selection, MABE President Tolbert Rowe noted "I am pleased MABE is honoring such an exceptional academic leader and public school advocate this year. Dr. Grasmick has been a pioneer in championing the importance of educational equity, school funding, and early childhood education. Although she has received many awards throughout her outstanding career, it is most fitting for her to receive the Excellence in Education Award."

    The award will be presented during the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Annual Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

    Rural Maryland District Taking The Fight To Math

    David Wakelyn profiles the Math success of Allegany County School District, in rural Maryland, which enjoys the greatest number of high-poverty elementary schools in the state beating the odds—and is also the second-highest among all the states in the PARCC testing consortium. At the root of the district's success, he argues, has been a "steady effort" to create coherent learning systems of professional development and coaching, curriculum matched closely to assessments and extra time for all students, all bound together by "a strong vision from the district’s leadership." read more

    MD&DC ASBO Strategic Partner AXA Equitable partners with SADD

    AXA Equitable donates $100,000 to Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) to help create a financial literacy program for students, educators and their families. Click on flyer for more information:


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    Good Things Happening

    BCPS Recognized for 15th Year of Procurement Excellence

    For the fifteenth consecutive year, the Office of Purchasing has received the prestigious 23rd Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) for 2019 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high application score based on standardized criteria. The AEP is awarded annually to recognize Innovation, Professionalism, E-Procurement, Productivity, and Leadership in the procurement function.

    The AEP program encourages the development of excellence as well as continued organizational improvement to earn the award annually.

    For 2019, there were 201 successful applicants, including 67 cities, 42 counties, 24 higher education agencies, 23 school districts, 39 special districts, and 4 state agencies.

    Baltimore County Public Schools is one of only five agencies in Maryland and one of only 23 school systems in the United States and Canada to receive the award.

    Supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services Jodi Risse wins National Award for Efforts to Curb Childhood Hunger

    Risse was named a 2019 Summer Meals Hero by the national anti-hunger campaign "No Kid Hungry". Criteria for the award includes seeking innovative ways to make summer meals accessible and fun for children.

    “It is a privilege to work with such a dedicated team of school nutrition professionals who have a passion more


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