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School Business Officials Recognized for Innovative Solutions

Ashburn, VA — June 27, 2019 — The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is proud to announce the recipients of ASBO International’s 2019 Pinnacle Awards, which recognize innovative school business officials for their resourcefulness and creativity in solving challenges facing school districts today.

The ASBO International 2019 Pinnacle of Excellence Award recipient is John D. Collopy, executive administrator, budget for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, for a budgeting model that is guided by priorities and outcomes.

The 2019 ASBO International Pinnacle of Achievement Award recipients are:

  • Carl Hayek, director of business services for Wisconsin’s School District of Waupaca, for an in-house coffee café in the high school that offers students a positive and safe social and learning environment.
  • Michele Trongaard, CPA, RTSBA, SFO, assistant superintendent for finance and operations for Wylie Independent School District in Texas, for the district’s strategic use of a $55 million hail damage claim to become a more efficient school district.
  • John Wilson, CPA, chief school financial officer for the Baldwin County Public Schools in Bay Minette, Alabama, for a creative financing structure to address overcrowded schools.

The Pinnacle Awards showcase replicable projects and practices that allow district business leaders to exchange and implement new ideas to better support their schools and communities. The awards are sponsored by Virco, Inc.

“These Pinnacle Award recipients serve as a testament to the resourcefulness and creativity of school business professionals,” says ASBO International Executive David J. Lewis. “We are pleased to celebrate them for their commitment to solving challenges within their school communities and we thank Virco, Inc., for helping us highlight their accomplishments.”

Brian True, Virco, Inc. vice president of sales, national sales group, adds, “Virco values our 60-year partnership with ASBO International and our sponsorship of the Pinnacle Awards. It’s an honor to recognize school business officials whose creative solutions not only help their districts but inspire others to replicate their efforts.”

The Pinnacle Award recipients will be recognized at ASBO International’s 2019 Annual Conference & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland, in October.

For more information about ASBO International’s Pinnacle Awards, visit

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About ASBO International
Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide. ASBO International is committed to providing programs, services, and a global network that promote the highest standards in school business. Its members support student achievement through effective resource management in various areas ranging from finance and operations to food services and transportation. Learn more at

About Virco
Virco Inc., is America’s leading furniture and equipment manufacturer and supplier for the K–12 market. Active in ASBO International for over 60 years, Virco is proud to honor outstanding practices and new ideas in the school business profession.