School Business Official of the Year Award

Nomination Guidelines and Instructions (PDF)
All nominations must be submitted online.

The School Business Official of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding practices and new ideas of Minnesota school business officials. Nominees will be evaluated based upon their contributions to their districts, their communities and to the profession; regardless of the size of their districts and their job titles. This award is meant to honor the current accomplishments and contributions of MASBO members, and is not intended to be a capstone to the end of a career.

View Past Award Recipient List

IMPORTANT: All nominations must be submitted by completing the online nomination application form (below) and attaching the required documents. Complete instructions and requirements follow, and are also available on a pdf (link above), for your convenience. Please review all of the requirements, and prepare the supporting documentation prior to completing the on-line application form. Once the online nomination form is started, it must be completed soon thereafter; you do not have the ability to save an uncompleted form.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The applicant must be a MASBO Active member, employed full-time by a Minnesota school. Members serving on the MASBO Board of Directors are not eligible.
  • Nominees may be School Business Managers or Specialists (in areas such as Purchasing, Payroll, Accounting, etc.).
  • Nominees cannot be nominated for more than two consecutive years, but can be nominated again following a one-year break.
  • An individual can only receive the award one time.
  • Only one person from each school entity is eligible to be nominated for the award each year.
  • The project (which can be a practice, accomplishment or new idea) being submitted must have been developed and executed by the applicant after May 1, 2016.

SELECTION PROCESS

All applications will be reviewed and scored by a selection committee. Nominations will be considered based on the award criteria. Please closely adhere to the application checklist and nomination requirements, and submit all required information. Please do not submit any extra materials, as they will not be shown to the selection panel. The award recipient will be selected by late April, and all nominators will be contacted with the results of their nomination by May 1.

NOMINATION PROCESS

All nominations must be submitted online using the School Business Official of the Year Nomination Form (see below). Mail-in nominations will not be accepted.

The on-line nomination form requires the following information:

  1. Project Summary: The summary should be organized to include the following five sections, with headlines for each. The Project Summary should be less than 1000 words total, and no supporting documentation outside of the project summary will be accepted. Project Summary must include:
    • Project Title
    • Summary of practice/accomplishment/new idea
    • Why this is innovative and/or important
    • Provide measurable examples of improvements or savings
    • How does this project affect student achievement
  2. One Page Biography: Provides additional information about the candidate that was not included in the other materials, including at a minimum:
    • Professional credentials, including continuing education coursework, and degrees held and dates received
    • Contributions in other professional or community activities

  3. One Page Letter of Reference: This document should address the contributions of the candidate related to the project submitted. It should either be from the Superintendent, or from the nominee’s direct supervisor. If it is written by the direct supervisor, a brief letter of acknowledgement of the nomination by the Superintendent must also be included.

» Submit a nomination

DEADLINE

March 22, 2019

QUESTIONS

Connie Nordquist, MASBO Executive Director, (651) 290-6285 or cnordquist@mnasbo.org


2019 School Business Official of the Year Nomination Form

Instructions
Use this form to submit your nomination. Please make sure that all of the required documents are complete, and provide enough information for the review committee. Please have all of the required documents ready to attach to this form, as you will not be able to save and return to this form at a later date — it must be completed fully at one time. After the form has been completed, press the submit button.

  1. Project Summary: The summary should be organized to include the following five sections, with headlines for each. The Project Summary should be less than 1000 words total, and no supporting documentation outside of the project summary will be accepted. Project Summary must include: 
    • Project Title
    • Summary of practice/accomplishment/new idea
    • Why this is innovative and/or important
    • Provide measurable examples of improvements or savings
    • How does this project affect student achievement
  2. One Page Biography: Provides additional information about the candidate that was not included in the other materials, including at a minimum:
    • Professional credentials, including continuing education coursework, and degrees held and dates received
    • Contributions in other professional or community activities
  3. One Page Letter of Reference: This document should address the contributions of the candidate related to the project submitted. It should either be from the Superintendent, or from the nominee’s direct supervisor. If it is written by the direct supervisor, a brief letter of acknowledgement of the nomination by the Superintendent must also be included.

I hereby certify that the information in this application is true and accurate. I authorize the release of this information to the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials to publicize as they deem appropriate.



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