Pinnacle Award-Winning Practices from
ASBO International and Virco Inc., established the
Pinnacle Awards Program to honor the innovative spirit of school
business officials. Four Pinnacle Awards are given each year: one
Pinnacle of Excellence Award and three Pinnacle of Achievement
Download the press release announcing the 2007 Pinnacle
Read about the winners in the recent article from
School Business Affairs (310K file).
Lisa Z. Morstad
Chief Financial Officer
Fayetteville Public Schools
Enhancing Quality of Life Leads to an Energized Staff with
Minimal Cost to the District
Quality-of-life benefits can be as important as monetary benefits
for both the employee and the school district -- keeping employees
happy, healthy, and the organization running more efficiently.
Under Lisa Morstad's guidance, the Fayetteville Public Schools launched
a Get Fit health program in partnership with a local university. Get Fit
began as a 10-week personal training course for 50 district employees by
university graduate students and has evolved into a fitness center for
all district employees and retirees, complete with stress management and
Other aspects of the district's benefit campaign include a discount card
that's good at more than 90 businesses, and exclusive shopping nights at
local stores. The Centers for Disease Control even cited Get Fit as a
model for wellness programs in public schools.
Pinnacle of Achievement
Assistant Director of Purchasing
Douglas County School District
Castle Rock, Colorado
District Wide Copier/MFD Initiative
Most of us wouldn't think of the office copier as a cost-cutting
target. But for Ron McCulley, it was the focus of a major money-saving
project. For years, copier services were bid â€œas
neededâ€ using a non-centralized RFP process. As a result,
there were 247 different copiers scattered throughout the district. Per
copy costs varied from site to site, and some facilities were saddled
with machines up to 8 years old.
To address this situation, McCulley lead a site-by-site analysis to
determine overall cost per copy, then helped craft an ironclad RFP that
enabled the district to standardize on digital equipment and to pay a
very low per-copy rate. His copier program is targeted to save an
estimated $1,500,000 over the next 5 years!
Louis J. Pepe
School Business Administrator/Board Secretary
Oakland Public Schools
Oakland, New Jersey
First Who, Then What: Implementing Effective Change
through Quality Team Building
Teamwork is a key to any school district's success. When Louis Pepe
arrived in the Oakland school district in 2003, classrooms weren't
clean, the grounds were unkempt, building systems were constantly
breaking down, and morale was low. Through an emphasis on teamwork, Pepe
helped bring pride and teamwork back to the district.
Custodial staff leaders were identified and promoted; successful
new employees were brought in from outside; and the district's custodial
staff began working as a team.
This energized team now provides a wider range of more efficient
services throughout the district and they've earned a coveted Statewide
Safety Award for each of the past three years.
Pinnacle of Achievement
Robert A. Schoch
Director of Business Administration
Council Rock School District
Energy Management Program Reduces Consumption by
31% By adopting an energy management policy in late 2005,
Council Rock School District moved to address rising fuels costs and
reduce unsustainable energy waste. Under the leadership of Schoch, their
first steps involved setting indoor temperature guidelines and creating
an Energy Committee, which partnered with an expert consultant to
develop wide-ranging strategies.
Each school received an individual energy evaluation followed by
suggested improvements for saving energy. Wide-ranging
communication efforts promote energy-saving through newsletters, e-mail
alerts, and presentations at district meetings. The district also
involves students in the campaign by including conservation in the
curriculum. As a result, from November 2006 through March 2007,
energy-related savings exceeded $1.5 million.