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The President's Award 

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MASBO members have always contributed to the growth and improvement of their profession and their investment of time and skills have greatly improved the efficiency of our schools. The President's Award is given in recognition of an individual's outstanding contribution to his or her school system, community, and/or to MASBO.

MASBO is indeed grateful for its partnership with RISO Products of Boston who, through their generosity, have made this extremely prestigious award possible.

To be considered for the President's Award, one must be a member of MASBO and be employed on a full-time basis for 24 consecutive months immediately prior to January 1 of the year in which the nomination is made. The award selection committee is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Immediate Past President, and Secretary/Treasurer of MASBO. Members of the selection committee are not eligible for the award.

Anyone may nominate an individual for this award. The letter of nomination should clearly and concisely state the manner in which the individual has made an outstanding contribution to a school system, community, and/or MASBO.

The recipient receives a plaque to commemorate the award, and his or her school district receives a $1,000 award in the name of the recipient. There is appropriate recognition in local papers as well as in MASBO's Newsletter. The President's Award is presented in May at the MASBO Annual Institute with a follow-up presentation at a meeting of the recipient's School Committee.

The following individuals have been recipients of the President's Award:

1994--Rose DiOrio, Milford Public Schools; Stephen Moynihan, Quincy Public Schools
1995--John Conway, Stoneham Public Schools
1996--Frank Antonelli, Greater Lowell School District
1997--Robert Watmough, Bourne Public Schools
1998--John Ryan, Tewksbury Town Schools
1999--John A. Crafton, Methuen Public Schools
2000--Donald D. Johnson, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
2001--Jay Sullivan, Massachusetts Department of Education
2002--Joseph Flahive, Longmeadow Public Schools
2003--Joseph J. Delude, Seekonk Public Schools
2004--Roger L. Young, Manchester Essex Regional School District
2005--A. Francis Finnell , Dennis Yarmouth Regional School District
2006--Joel H. Lovering, Attleboro Public Schools
2007--Candice M. Walczak, South Hadley Public Schools
2008--Sally P.W. Douglas, Pittsfield Public Schools
2009--Susan K. Givens, Masconomet Reg. School Dist.
2010--Donald J. Charest, Agawam Public Schools
2011--John A. Manzi, Springfield Public Schools
2012--Paul O. Schaefer, King Philip Regional School District

2013--Peter D. DeRoeve, Retired MASBO Matters Newsletter Editor

2014--David A. Verdolino, Medway Public Schools

2015--Mary Ellen Dunn, The Public Schools of Brookline

2016--Mary C. DeLai, Wilmington Public Schools

2017--Brian Allen, Worcester Public Schools

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The John F. Conway Distinguished Service Award

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Perhaps you have found a creative way to save your district funds that can then be applied to the classroom.  Maybe it’s a preventive maintenance facilities program; or a method for increasing school lunch participation; or an energy conservation program; or a private sector partnership; or an improved transportation system; or perhaps you developed a system for streamlining the process for ordering and delivery of classroom supplies and materials.  All of these achievements result in increasing a school district’s ability to provide needed resources for students; and consequently, they all significantly enhance a district’s capacity to address its educational mission.  

 If you or someone you know has provided the leadership for the implementation of a program similar to those mentioned previously, the MASBO Board of Directors wants to know.

Your Board of Directors--with financial support from Kenmark Office Systems, located in Centerville, MA-- is again offering the “John F. Conway Distinguished Service Award” program in remembrance of MASBO’s first Executive Director.  This award has been established to recognize the accomplishments of members relative to enhancing the effectiveness of a school district in addressing its educational mission.

1. What does the award consist of?
The award would consist of a Plaque(s) presented the award winner or winners at our Annual Institute.  Additionally a $1000.00 contribution would be made to the school district in which the award winner(s) is employed.  The award winner’s name will be forwarded to ASBO to determine eligibility for a national award, and finally, a press release describing the award winner’s particular achievement will be forwarded to his/her local newspaper. 

2. How would members be nominated for the award?
Colleagues in the profession, district superintendents, and our regional round tables can nominate individuals for this award.  Members are also encouraged to apply themselves.  The award recipient must be a MASBO member however. 

3. How would award winners be selected?
The Board of Directors will appoint a five member panel (one from each region in the state) to work with the Executive Director in making selections. 

4. Can more than one person win the award?
Yes, award winners will be determined based upon the significance of their accomplishments in “enhancing the effectiveness of a school district in addressing its educational mission”.   This means that there may be two or more award recipients selected in a given year. 

5. How does one submit a person for consideration of this award?
The application process is simple.  Just contact Anne Gulati,, the MASBO Board Chairman for this Award Program to obtain an official application.  A correspondence should accompany the application and should describe, in detail, the achievement that qualifies the applicant for this award.   More specifically, the correspondence should be sent to:

Ann Gulati
84 Brick Kiln Rd.
Chelmsford, MA 01824

6. What’s the deadline for submitting my letter?
Although the Deadline is not until March 1, 2013, you are encouraged to submit your letter now.

The following individuals have been recipients of the Conway Award:

2005--Gerald P. Martin, North Middlesex Regional School District
2006--Amelia C. Tierney, Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools
2007--Peter D. DeRoeve, Wakefield Public Schools
2008--Mary C. DeLai, Reading Public Schools
2009--Judith A. Mulligan, Manchester-Essex Regional School District
2010--Manuel Cordeiro, Jr., Dartmouth Public Schools
2011--Ann L. Gulati, Needham Public Schools
2012--Kurtis W. Johnson, Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District

2013--Beth Regulbuto, Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District

2014--William Hurley, Retired, Natick Public Schools

2015--Sandra Guryan, Newton Public Schools

2016--James Kiely, Dartmouth Public Schools

2017--David Flynn, North Attleboro Public Schools

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The Friend of MASBO Award

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If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please simply contact Brian Allen (, or complete the nomination form and submit to Brian at:
Brian Allen
Chief Financial Officer
Worcester Public Schools
20 Irving St.
Worcester, MA 01609

The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials recognizes that there are individuals who, by their words and deeds, have provided special and noteworthy support as we pursue the fulfillment our mission. 
Mission Statement
The Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials is a professional organization which enables school business officials to contribute to the education of students in their school districts.
Any member, vendor affiliate or non member may be nominated.
Criteria for Selection
Individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria are considered eligible for this award:
• Have made a significant contribution—whether by means of pro-active involvement in the legislative process, or the creation of a model program/procedure, or the establishment of an exemplary standard or practice, etc.—in facilitating the process by which school business officials contribute to the education of students in their school districts;
• Have consistently, and on a long term basis, provided significant assistance to MASBO in the implementation of its various functions and responsibilities;
• Have provided assistance to MASBO, which is considered “above and beyond” expectations.
Selection Process
Nominations are sought to assist the Board of Directors in identifying individuals who are deserving of special recognition for their efforts in behalf of MASBO. Nominees may be submitted by anyone who is in the position to document and support the accomplishments of the person being nominated.
There is no annual limit on the number of award recipients. The number of awards is entirely dependent upon the quality and number of nominees in a given year.
A member of the Board of Directors will Chair a five member panel (one member from each of the regional round tables) to work with the Executive Director in making selections. The deadline for nominations is April 1st.


Friend of MASBO Award Nomination Form

The following individuals have been recipients of the Friend of MASBO Award:

2007--Joseph Delude, Taunton Public Schools
---------David P. Driscoll, Massachusetts Department of Education
---------Mary Ellen Dunn, Lexington Public Schools
---------A Francis “Skip” Finnell, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
---------Susan K. Givens, Masconomet Regional School District 
---------Judith Mulligan, Manchester-Essex Regional School District
---------Jay Sullivan, Massachusetts Department of Education

2008--Paul Carlson, Amherst-Pelham Regional School District (Retired)
---------Tamara Indianer, Lincoln Financial Investments
---------John Polumbo, Polumbo & Kulas
---------Tom Scott, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
---------William Trifone, Dudley-Charlton Regional School District
---------David Verdolino, Medway Public Schools
---------Candice M. Walczak, South Hadley Public Schools

2009--Attorney Joseph Bartulis, Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, P.C.
---------Ann L. Gulati, Needham Public Schools
---------Ronald Skinner, ASBO International
---------Terry Wiggin, Georgetown Public Schools
---------Jeffrey Wulfson, Massachusetts DESE

2010--Jenny Caldwell Curtin, Massachusetts DESE 
---------Michelle Loglisci, Massachusetts Association of Pupil Transportation
---------Colleen Cavanaugh, Massachusetts Association of Pupil Transportation 
---------Susan Sacks, School Nutrition Association 
---------Barbara Hansberry, Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General 
---------Liz Powers, Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General 
---------Joyce McEntee Emmett, Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General 
---------John A. Lafleche, Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District 
---------Joanne McDonough, Hanover Public Schools

2011--Marilyn D. Gordon, Easton Public Schools
---------Lorraine A Leonard, Town of Harvard 

2012--Joanne Blier, Mohawk Trail Regional/Hawlemont Regional/Rowe School District
---------Robert Hamel, Custom Computer Specialists
---------Allen Himmelberger, Oxford Public Schools
---------Tamara Indianer, Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc.
---------Gerald McCue, Chelsea Public Schools
---------Patrick Meagher, Carver Public Schools
---------TJ Plante, Springfield Public Schools
2013--Dr. John Doherty
---------Joshua Peach, School Dude
2014--Clare Johnson Abbott, DESE
---------Jane Crafton, Former MASBO First Lady
---------Susan K. Givens, Masconomet Regional School District
---------Susan T. Hitchcock, Millbury Public Schools
---------Louise Lasna, Retired MASBO
---------Chris McGrath, M.A.S.S.
---------Thomas J. Moreau, DESE
---------Joseph F. Scanlon, Wachusett Regional School District
---------Michael J. Widmer, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
2015--Matthew Gillis, Hull Public Schools
---------Stephen Hemman, MARS
---------Robert Johnson, DESE
---------Christine Lynch, DESE
---------Representative Alice Hanlon Peisch
---------Patrick Roach, Springfield Public School

2016--Kristen Behnke, Pittsfield Public Schools

---------Sharon Harrison, Berkshire Hills Regional School District

---------Robert Sanborn, Cape Cod Regional Vocational Technical High School

---------Luc Schuster, Deputy Director, Mass Budget & Policy Center

---------David Tobin, MASS-Retired

2017--Roger Hatch, Retired, DESE

---------Sharon Bruce, CASBO

---------Sara Consalvo, Worcester Public Schools

---------Tracy O'Connell Novick, MASC

---------Gail Zeman, Retired-Past President


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Donald D. Johnson Operational and Cost Efficiency Award

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MASBO and ING Inc. have developed this award as a way to recognize school districts for their efforts in developing cost efficient approaches to addressing particular operational areas that commonly tax the budgets of school systems and that are also capable of being replicated by other districts throughout the Commonwealth.   

Consequently, a special committee of MASBO Board Members and Board Liaisons has been formed to work directly with ING Inc. to award and recognize school districts for their extraordinary efforts of in this area.  The committee members are:

The school district that is the award recipient will receive a plaque for the implementation of the program/activity/initiative that results in increasing efficiency to save revenue that can be applied more directly to educational priorities.

In addition, the district will receive a $2,500 student scholarship award.  The School Business Administrator will also have his/her ASBO Annual Meeting registration paid.  Presentation of the award will take place yearly at the Annual Institute, with a follow-up ceremony at a district School Committee meeting.

Regional round tables, individual members and school districts will participate in the nomination process.   

The following districts have been recipients of the Donald D. Johnson Operational and Cost Efficiency Award:

2011--Lexington Public Schools
2012--Belmont Public Schools
2013--Taunton Public Schools
2014--Whitman-Hanson Regional School District
2015--Plymouth Public Schools

2016--Worcester Public Schools

2017--Ashland Public Schools

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