November 2018 Print

Letter From The President

"Time is of the Essence"

Dear School Business Officials,

Already the school year is almost half over as we head into end of year holidays and the renewal of normal operations in the New Year.  The excitement and potential a New Year brings is always a powerful motivator for many.  Similarly, this is a time for reflection and remembrance, a brief respite in the chaos of everyday life, service in public education and ever-changing school business environments.

For this writer’s perspective, the thought pattern is circular.  Like a rumination, complex idea that you keep coming back to in the subconscious mind.  It keeps coming back to a single point in time and idea, our recent Annual Fall Conference.  If you were there, you know it was different.  If you could not attend, maybe you will get another opportunity.  You will need to look hard. 

Our theme; “School Safety and Security is Everyone’s Business” universally resonated with our membership, sponsors, Executive Leadership at both the local school district/Board of Education/County Council and State levels, not to mention the Governor’s representative, Captain Edward Clarke, Executive Director of the Maryland Center for School Safety.

We spent our day exposed to a full spectrum of unique, custom designed Professional Development programming dedicated to School Safety and Security in every business specialty area.  Just for you, created by your peers. 

The message was and is clear:  Everyone has a role to play, even school business professionals not located at school sites.  Old attitudes need to be reset.  New perspectives are constantly required in the ever changing, unique threat matrix We all face, sometimes, seemingly, all alone.  The new mindset is all about heads up, team ball with full organizational peripheral vision including many critical and sometimes new partners.  Now.  Like yesterday.

Finally, as if designed to underscore the theme that “School Safety and Security is Everyone’s Business” we had the distinct privilege and honor to meet Michele Gay, Sandy Hook Super Mom/Survivor, teacher and school safety advocate as our keynote speaker to all school business officials in MD and DC. Our conference provided the platform for the story of her daughter Josephine Gay, a kid that never gave up.

Born out of tragedy, this is a powerful message of extreme pain, unimaginable, soul-crushing loss and something else.  Somehow, incredibly, Michelle Gay has channeled the experience of her family into a positive message of proactive engagement for a safer future for all students and teachers.  Now.  Like yesterday. teachers. Now.

This roughly marks the 50% point of opportunity to lead this amazing organization.  Amazing because of you and what you bring.  Even entering year 21 in public school business service this writer remains constantly astonished at your ability to develop and provide the only professional development available that is unique to our Industry.

We are humbled to stand in the shadows of the likes of Ed Clarke, Milton Nagel and Michelle Gay.  Similarly, serving alongside our membership in service of improving and securing our communities, is the single greatest professional accomplishment imaginable for your President.  For this I am and will be very grateful and thankful.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you in the next 6 months!

Thank you,

Christopher Hauge


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Messages from the Board

We hope you enjoyed our 2018 67th Annual Fall Conference at The Maritime Conference Center earlier this month. 

Fall Conference Keynote Speaker Michele Gay delivered a passionate message reminding us all of our responsibilities during a crisis, providing lessons learned for how we practice and prepare for emergency situations as well as offering lessons learned from a school tragedy. You can find more about this at  
You can also hear Michele discuss reunification and recovery in the aftermath of a school tragedy at SafeandSoundSchools National School Safety Leaders’ Summit, Dec. 2-4 in Baltimore.

Board of Director Nominations

The Association of Business Officials of Maryland and the District of Columbia is accepting applications for nominees to fill Board of Director positions for the term that begins on July 1, 2019. If you would like to apply or nominate someone, please visit our webpage HERE or visit

ASBO International Annual Conference Giveaway
MD&DC ASBO will be selecting three 2019 Spring Conference attendees to award complimentary registration and lodging for the ASBO International 2019 Annual Conference & Expo to be held at National Harbor, MD in October of 2019. Stay tuned for details. Spring Conference registration opens January 7, 2019.

The second Allen Gaddis Leadership Academy will take place June 24-26 at the Wisp Resort in Deep Creek Lake, MD. Participants must be nominated by their Superintendent. Learn more about the program HERE or visit

We are accepting Proposals to Present at our 2019 Spring Conference in every school business discipline. If you would like to present at the Spring Conference please go to our webpage HERE.

The Ken Nickoles Emerging Leader Award is given each year in recognition of Ken’s exceptional demonstration and support of leadership growth in developing school business officials who support ASBO MD&DC through extended terms of committee and Board of Directors volunteerism. The Awardee receives paid registration, lodging and travel to the ASBO International Annual Conference. Apply before April 15. Find more details HERE. Thank you to our new sponsor of this prestigious award, AXA Retirement Plan Services. 

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Good Things Happening

Somerset County Public Schools Grab Teacher of the Year AND Superintendent of the Year Honors! On Thursday, October 25 Somerset County Schools Superintendent Dr. John B. Gaddis was named 2019 Maryland Superintendent of the Year.  The announcement was made at the annual MNS Conference in Ocean City.  On Friday, October 12 at Martin's West in Baltimore, Dr. Richard Warren Jr., a teacher at Crisfield Academy and High School, was named the 2018-2019 Maryland Teacher of the Year.  This is unprecedented in the state of Maryland.  Somerset County Public Schools is the only school system in which this has happened during the same year.  This is the county's first time to have their superintendent receive this honor and the second time for a teacher.READ MORE...

Four of Maryland Schools procurement officials earned the NPI Excellence in Procurement Award. Congratulations to:

Mary Jo Childs of Anne Arundel PS,
- Melanie Webster of Baltimore County PS,
- Stephen Starmer of Frederick County PS and
- Angela McIntosh Davis of Montgomery County PS

Frederick County Public Schools earns school safety awards. FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban, Security and Emergency Management Supervisor Scott Blundell and Monocacy Middle Assistant Principal Joshua Work were recently honored by the Maryland Center for School Safety. To read further click here,

Scott Germain, Food and Nutrition Supervisor for Garrett County Public Schools was awarded the Brice and Shirley Phillips Best Practice Award for his innovative development and implementation of a Summer Food Service Mobile Dining Trailer to supply free meals to students in low income areas for free during the summer. Congratulations to Scott and an appreciative Thank You to Johnson Controls for their continued support and sponsorship of the Phillips Best Practice Award. You will have an opportunity to learn more about Scott’s award winning program at the Spring Conference.

School Safety:  With a mission to train one million teachers for free, citizenAID has partnered with schools across multiple states and is the exclusive emergency medicine and bleeding control partner of the School Superintendents Association (AASA). Together with AASA they have launched the Prepared Schools Initiative which fully encompasses the national STOP The Bleed program but offers much more than just bleeding control. citizenAID is a turnkey solution for our nation’s schools and businesses to save lives. Use the citizenAID App to find a free guidebook for life-saving training. Learn more at

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Featured Articles

Including First Responders & Certified CPTED Professionals in Safety & Security Design processes, could save your life and your students.

Throughout our Nation, there have been increasing reports of tragic events in schools and public buildings. Secured vestibules, cameras, security cards, etc., while necessary, are no longer the only focus to avoiding these to continue reading article

Safe and Secure Facilities—Spotlight on the Montgomery County Public Schools Safety & Security Initiative

Montgomery County Public Schools Safety and Security Initiative, a collaborative plan between Montgomery County Schools and Keller Brothers Inc. In an effort to provide safe and secure learning environments for all students, MCPS conducted a comprehensive review of its security protocols, practices and infrastructure at its school to continue reading article


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Fall Conference Presentations

For Education Session Descriptions and more information refer to the final 2018 Fall Conference Program HERE. Below are presentations and/or summaries which were made available for ASBO MD&DC Members to view after the conference. Click on the Presentation Title to view the documents:

FOOD AND NUTRITION: “Bioterrorism and Food Safety”

Speakers: Beth Brewster, Food Services Coordinator, Caroline County Public Schools; Dr. Regina L. Tan, Director, Office of Food Safety, SNAS, FNS, USDA; and Marianne Elbertson, Senior Food Defense Analyst, USDA-FSIS-ODIFP

Click HERE to View Presentation

FACILITIES: “Actively Mitigating Damages, Prior to a Threat Entering the Building”

Speakers: Harry Bradley, Sr. Fire Protection Engineer, Maryland State Fire Marshall’s Office; Dino Pignataro, Deputy Director, Maryland Center for Public School Safety; Captain John Muhitch, Fire Marshall City of Annapolis, Tactical Medical Team Coordinator; Merril Plait, Director of Office of Facilities Construction & Improvement, Baltimore Co. P.S.; and Jeffrey Straub, Principal, CPTED Certified, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh Architects

Click Here to View Presentation (in two parts): Part I     Part II

FACILITIES AND HUMAN RESOURCES: “Understanding Cybersecurity Best Practices for Facility Control Systems and Data Management”

Speakers: Tyler Haak, US Northeast Business Development Manager, Schneider Electric, and Bryan Buckner, Regional Partner Expert, Schneider Electric

Click HERE to View Summary


Speakers: Sara Bender, Public Assistance Officer, Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Click HERE to View Presentation






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