Education Matters

The video magazine of the Association of School Business Officials of New York

This program covers issues impacting public education across New York State and seeks to inform the public, education stakeholders and public policy makers about the multi-faceted role of the School Business Official and the varied issues they deal with on a daily basis.


Issue 5 - Future School Business Leaders

Released June 8, 2016

The future of New York’s 3.1 million public school students depends on the sound leadership of School Business Officials. ASBO and the College of Saint Rose are collaborating on an online program to develop future school business leaders. In this issue, Dr. Kevin S. Baughman, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Educational Leadership program in the Thelma P. Lally School of Education at The College of Saint Rose joins us with two School District Business Leader (SDBL) students - Carolyn Manzela and John Tamburello.


Issue 4: Smart Schools Bond Act

Released June 1, 2016
Christina Coughlin, Coordinator for Education Management Services at the New York State Education Department, joins us to discuss the Smart Schools Bond Act.

Issue 3: Energy Plant Closures

Released May 25, 2016

The market for power generation is changing dramatically due to environmental concerns and variations in energy costs of energy. School districts suffer a dramatic fiscal impact from the reduction in local revenues related to the closing or downsizing of energy plants. In this issue, Mary June King, Business Administrator, Lansing Central School District, Patrick Witherow, Director of Business & Finance, Marlboro CSD, and Michael Senno, Assistant Superintendent, North Rockland CSD discuss issues facing their districts.


Issue 2: Solar Energy Projects

Released May 18, 2016

Solar Energy Projects: Lyn Derway, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Brunswick CSD and Sherri Fisher, Assistant Superintendent for Management Services & Strategic Planning, South Colonie CSD join us to discuss recent solar energy projects in their districts.

In this episode of School Finance Matters, ASBO's school finance experts explore how pre-kindergarten education is currently funded and proposals for change.

Issue 1: School Budget Development

Released May 11, 2016

In many ways, the most essential function of the school business official is to prepare the annual school budget for voter approval. In this issue, you'll see an in-depth interview with Adam Hotaling, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Troy City SD and Timothy Hilker, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Saratoga Springs City SD regarding school budget development.