February 2019 Print

Messages from the Board

Who Says the Winter is Slow?

We're in full gear planning for our 67th Annual Spring Conference in Ocean City; however, we've also been listening to you, our members, to identify the challenges you face every day. Our Solutions Webinar Series addresses these concerns, tackling one or more problem(s) with each lunchtime webinar. We've received great feedback so far. Check out the topics and share one with your group to make lunchtime productive (more information in newsletter below). Please continue to share your feedback on ways we can help to further your professional development and advance your career!

Registration for the 2019 MD&DC ASBO Spring Conference is Open

You can see the agenda, summary of class sessions, information on the keynote speaker and more on the ASBO website here:


The 2019 ASBO International Conference

The 2019 ASBO International Conference will be held at National Harbor, MD, October 25-28, 2019. As the Host ASBO Affiliate, we will select three attendees at our Spring Conference this year to receive complimentary registration and lodging at the ASBO International Conference. Check the conference program for details about how to enter.

Announcement of Josephine Gay Scholarship

MD&DC ASBO has created a new scholarship focused on School Safety. The scholarship recognizes and honors Josephine Gay, a victim of the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook school tragedy. Josephine was a first grade student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Josephine’s mother, Michele Gay, is one of the founders of the Safe and Sound Schools Foundation. Michele served as an elementary teacher in Maryland and was the Keynote Speaker at our 2018 Fall Conference. The Scholarship Recipient receives registration, travel and lodging to the National Summit on School Safety. Find out how to apply here, https://asbo.org/Josephine_Gay_Scholarship
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Calendar of Events


Where do you find solutions to the common issues we all have in our school systems? This FREE webinar series will not only offer you solutions to concerns you have at your district, but may also help identify matters you are not aware of. Webinar topics include:

Other topics include: 
- Components of an Effective Preventative Maintenance Plan
- Lowering Prescription Costs, and
- How to Improve the Efficiency of Your On-Line Procurement Process

For more detailed information visit:

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Featured Articles

New Maryland Education Funding Formulas Delayed

A Maryland commission won't finish recommendations on new funding formulas for K-12 education in time for legislative action next year, delaying a major effort to increase the formulas for the first time since 2002. House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said it would have been difficult for lawmakers to finish work in one session on both the policy framework of the panel’s recommendations, and how to distribute added costs between the state and local jurisdictions. Earlier this month, the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education released a preliminary estimate of $4.4 billion in total increased costs per year to implement its recommendations about a decade from now. To help pay for the initiative, lawmakers had been hoping to use state proceeds from casino gambling that now must be spent on education under a recently approved constitutional amendment...read more 

The Safe to Learn Act of 2018

In the final week of the 2018 legislative session, a more than 40-page piece of legislation was drafted, amended, and ultimately enacted as the Maryland Safe to Learn Act of 2018 (Senate Bill 1265, Chapter 30). This new law restructures the governance system for overseeing school safety policies and grants, calls for staffing guidelines regarding adequate law enforcement coverage at all schools, and calls for an expanded role of local school systems in coordinating students’ mental health services...read more 
Seven Strategies to Improve School Safety

Without a doubt, the most pressing issue in schools today is safety. It seems like a week can’t go by without hearing about a school shooting or someone talking about school safety fears. The Washington Post recently reported a startling statistic that indicated more students have died in school shootings in 2018 than U.S. military members killed during deployment this year. Hardly a day goes by in school when I’m not thinking, “What would I do if shots went off here?” How can principals take action to protect our school community? Here are seven strategies to help keep your school safer...read more 

Looking for extra resources on school safety?

Download Safe and Sound Schools toolkits for free! Safe and Sound Schools Toolkits

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Awards & Accolades

Award Nomination Deadline Quickly Approaching

Each year, ASBO MD&DC recognizes excellence demonstrated by its membership in a number of ways.  Click HERE for an overview of all of our awards and scholarships which recognize; exemplary service and commitment, dedication to education, best practices, and commitment to the ideals of the association.

The following award deadlines are coming up soon and will be announced at the 67th Annual ASBO MD&DC Spring Conference:

Fay Miller Education Award – deadline to submit nominations April 1st (click award name for description and submission guidelines)

Kenneth Nickoles Emerging Leader Award – deadline to submit nominations April 15th (click award name for description and submission guidelines)


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Good Things Happening

Did you know that Bob Wilkinson, Director of Maintenance and Operations at FCPS was awarded the ASBO International Pinnacle of Excellence Award? Congratulations to Bob on this prestigious achievement. See the details HERE, or watch the video below of The 2018 Pinnacle Awards Recipients, which includes Bob Wilkinson's presentation at the end. 

Maryland names six new Blue Ribbon schools for the 2018-19 school year

Six Maryland school systems had schools achieve Blue Ribbon school status:

Baltimore, Calvert, Frederick, Howard, Prince Georges and Worcester Counties each had schools achieve Blue Ribbon status. Read the details HERE.


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Strategic Sponsors


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