School of Business Affairs - October -2017

publisher’s message 6 OCTOBER 2017 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS LEADING FORWARD Each year, School Business Affairs selects one issue to devote to lead- ership. In addition to presenting articles that address the many aspects of leadership within school business, we also like to highlight an ASBO International member who exemplifies leadership in the profession. At ASBO HQ we like to brag about our members. They are among the hardest working, most committed people in their school districts and in their profession. Often their work is done behind the scenes, and we believe they deserve to be recognized. On this month’s SBA cover, we are excited to put the spotlight on James R. Westrum, CPA, CSRM, RSBA, SFO. A Certified Administrator of School Finance and Oper- ations, Certified Public Accountant, Certified School Risk Manager, and Registered School Business Administrator, Jim has been an active ASBO International member since 1994. He’s attended more than 15 ASBO Annual Meet- ing & Expos, several Executive Leadership Forms, as well as the prestigious Eagle Institute. You may very well have seen Jim on the stage at ASBO International’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Expo in Kissim- mee, Florida, when he received the Distinguished Eagle Award in recognition of his accomplishments throughout his career. Perhaps you know Jim as a regular presenter at the Annual Meeting or author of SBA articles on risk management and building trust within the community. Maybe you’ve served on an ASBO committee with Jim. Perhaps you know Jim from Minnesota ASBO or from Wayzata, Minnesota—the school district that is fortunate not only to have Jim as their executive director of finance and business, but also as an alumnus. Jim and his wife Jean have a grown son, Matt, with whom they spend time paddling on the lakes of Min- nesota, downhill skiing in the Rocky Mountains, and sightseeing while attending ASBO Annual Meetings (both Jean and Matt have accompanied Jim over the past two decades). You might also catch a glimpse of Jim and Jean on the dance floor. Accomplished dancers, they danced a Tango and Viennese Waltz in Venice when they cel- ebrated their 30-year wedding anniversary recently. At ASBO HQ in Reston, Virginia, we know Jim as a high-energy, hard-working, dedicated school business official who is committed to his colleagues and to opera- tional excellence. We are honored to have the opportu- nity to spotlight such an outstanding leader. — Siobhán McMahon Colophon: During production of this issue, Siobhán travelled to Yorkshire with her two girls and spent a weekend in Northumber- land with her mum, dad, and family, Pat ran an Apple Butter 10K (yes, apple butter at the end!), and Laura watered her plants and trees while dreaming of autumn. School Business Afairs October 2017 | Volume 83, Number 9 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS (ISSN 0036-651X) is the professional journal of the Association of School Business Officials International and is published monthly by the association. Periodical postage paid at Herndon, Virginia, and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address corrections to School Business Affairs , 11401 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA 20190-4200; 703/478-0405. 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT — Anthony N. Dragona, Ed.D., RSBA VICE PRESIDENT — Charles E. Peterson, Jr., MBA, PRSBA, SFO IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT — Brenda R. Burkett, CPA, CSBA, SFO DIRECTORS Avery Embry, MBA Tom Wohlleber, CSRM Ed Chabal Claire Hertz, CSBA, SFO Michael Johnston Angela Watts EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — John Musso, CAE PUBLICATIONS POLICY The materials published in each issue represent the ideas, beliefs, or opinions of those who write them and are not necessarily the views or policies of the Association of School Business Officials International. Material that appears in School Business Affairs may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission. EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR — David Bein, SFO VICE CHAIR — Matthew Malinowski, MPA, RSBA, PRSBA Paul A. S. O’Malley, Ed.D. Karen Starr, Ph.D. Brian Brent, Ph.D. Stan Wisler, PRSBA Paul Bobek, CPA BOARD LIAISON — Charles E. Peterson, MBA, PRSBA, SFO EDITORIAL STAFF PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR — Siobhán McMahon, CAE EDITOR — Patricia George DESIGN — Laura Carter Carter Publishing Studio EDITORIAL OFFICES 11401 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA 20190-4200 Phone: 703.478.0405 Fax: 703.478.0205 Home Page: Email: ADVERTISING INFORMATION Ascend Integrated Media LLC 6710 West 121st St., Suite 100, Overland Park, KS 66209 Phone: 913.344.1420 • Fax: 913.334.1942 Suzee Dittberner SUBSCRIPTION RATE Seventy dollars of ASBO members’ annual dues are designated for School Business Affairs subscription. © 2017, ASBO International