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    MDASBO Fall Conference Moves to New Location

    The MD&DC ASBO Fall Conference has been successfully held at the Maritime Conference Center for many years. Due to the growth our event has experienced, we are moving to a larger facility. The 2020, and future Fall Conference events, will be held at the BWI Marriott. The BWI Marriott is located just one mile from the Maritime Conference Center. We’re excited to be in a newly decorated, modern facility that affords us increased space and capacity. We hope to see you there November 13, 2020.


    Remote Professional Development

    Not that many months or weeks ago, many of us were looking forward to May 18th as the start of our Annual Spring Conference. We were looking forward with anticipation to connect with our colleagues, visit with exhibitors and participate in the professional development opportunities. That didn't happen, but we can still look forward to May 18th as an opportunity for "remote" professional development in the form of webinars. On what would have been our PD session dates of our Spring Conference, we're bringing you a few free webinars. Visit asbo.org for full details.


    Josephine Gay Scholarship

    Special Thanks to our Josephine Gay Scholarship Sponsors, Hord Coplan Macht and Moseley Architects for allowing ASBO to retain sponsorship funds for our two Josephine Gay Scholarship recipients, despite postponement of the National School Safety Summit. The Summit has since been rescheduled to October 8-9. The generosity of your sponsorship will allow us to send Jason Stoddard of Charles County and Alan Moss of Howard County to the Safety Summit.


    Welcome New Strategic Partners

    Do you know who our new Strategic partners are? We are proud to welcome our newest ASBO Partners. Our existing partners, American Fidelity, Equitable (formerly AXA), and Omnia Partners, are now joined by Allovue, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects, Forecast 5, GWWO Architects, MK Consulting Engineers, MySchoolBucks and Pipino Audio Visual.

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    Featured Articles

    Image result for baltimore business journal logoHow Schools Might Get Through Upcoming Budget Crunch

    "In the last recession a decade ago, all school districts suffered from a drop in funding; however, while affluent districts saw their state funding fall more than $500 per student, high-poverty districts in the same state lost over $1,500 per student. Nevertheless, it is not inevitable that high-poverty districts absorb the biggest cuts, argues David Knight, an education researcher at the University of Washington who conducted the analysis of Great Recession funding. “It’s very important that states not repeat the mistakes they made during the recession,” he said. “They did their best to patch holes, but they let equity fall apart.” Some advocates are pushing for a greater infusion of cash for schools from the federal government. The CARES Act includes $13.5 billion for K-12 schools across the U.S. It is designed to help schools cover the extra costs they’ve incurred because of the coronavirus, not cushion the blow of an economic recession. “What they’ve provided so far is not close to enough, so they’re going to need to do more, and as soon as possible,” said Michael Leachman of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive think tank..." Read more HERE.


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    28 Pieces of Advice from School Business Professionals

    If you could, what would tell yourself before you started working in school business? School business professionals from around the country were asked this question. Click the link to see the results HERE.


    Proposals for Free School Meals

    "Activists and educators have supported the proposed Universal School Meals Act, which would ensure the provision of food to every student in public school. The Act, which comes amid a spate of media stories on how school districts are treating the children of parents who are unable to pay lunch debt, would expand on an existing school meals program. School Nutrition Association director of media relations Diane Pratt-Heavner states that one of the major issues with the current federal policy is that it limits how meal programs are funded and administered. A number of states have already passed legislation that bans schools from penalizing or singling out students who are unable to pay lunch debt..." Read more HERE


    Dept. Of Education Publishes Coronavirus Grant Fund Fact Sheet

    The U.S. Department of Education issued a fact sheet responding to FAQs related to the use of grant funds from the Department during the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). These FAQs address compensation, travel, and conference costs that are otherwise allowable costs under applicable program statutes and regulations and is available HERE. School district leaders can find this and other education-related COVID-19 resources on the Department of Education's website HERE. For specific questions, please contact the Department of Education at [email protected]    

    Information and Resources Fact Sheet and Questions

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    Good Things Happening

    What will new K-12 school buildings look like now in reaction to COVID-19?

    A Maryland consultation panel is examining this very question. Ronald Skyles, Design Architect for Prince Georges County Public Schools is leading a diverse team of professionals to Go Beyond the 21st Century Design. Special thanks to Ron and the full team for their time dedicated to this undertaking. Stay tuned for publication of the findings from this group.


    FCPS is awarded prestigious ASBO International Award

    Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) has earned the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Pathway to the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2019-2020 budget year. This award recognizes the best budget presentation practices in school districts.

    To earn the award, school districts submit their application and budget documents to a panel of school financial professionals who review them for success in demonstrating they have met the necessary award requirements. The process also provides feedback that districts can use to improve their budget documents.

    According to ASBO International Executive Director, David J. Lewis, districts that apply to the MBA or Pathway to the MBA programs recognize the importance of presenting a quality, easy-to-understand budget internally and to the community.  Participating in the MBA and Pathway programs provides districts with important tools and resources they need to communicate the district’s goals and objectives clearly and illustrates their commitment to adhering to nationally recognized budget presentation standards.

    • This award is the first step in a two-step process to the prestigious ASBO Meritorious Budget Award.
    • FCPS posts the Fiscal Year 2020 Adopted Operating Budget, referred to as the budget book, online at fcps.org/about/publications

    Omnia Partners Announces New Cooperative Contracts

    New contracts and opportunities are available for: Background Checks and Monitoring, Alternative Student Transportation, Elevator Maintenance, and Performing Arts Solutions and Instruments. See flyer HERE or visit www.omniapartners.com.

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