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MASBO Awards: A Legacy of Excellence in School Finance and Operations

For many years, MASBO has celebrated outstanding achievement in the role of the school business administrator. Members of the organization and colleagues who support our work reflect the highest standards of ethical conduct, exemplary business practices, tireless service to the profession, and a fundamental belief in the power of resourcing to positively impact every student in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

By nominating a colleague, you help the larger education community understand the meaning and importance of this work. You're not doing it for yourself - you're doing it to showcase the collective talents and contributions of your colleagues. Just fill out the forms and e-mail or snail mail them to the MASBO office. So nominate someone you know for one of these highly respected awards by April 1st, 2021 and do your part for school finance and operations!

The John F. Conway Distinguished Service Award

Application

The John F. Conway Distinguished Service Award recognizes the accomplishments of MASBO members relative to their effectiveness addressing their district's educational mission. Examples include preventive maintenance facilities programs, increasing school lunch participation, energy conservation programs, private sector partnerships, improved transportation systems, or streamlining the order and delivery systems for classroom materials.

MASBO is grateful for its partnership with Axion Business Technologies/KenMark Office Systems, Inc. a Division of Virtual Edge, Inc., who, through their generosity, has made this sought-after award possible in remembrance of MASBO's first Executive Director. The recipient receives a plaque(s) to commemorate the award and his or her school district receives a $1,000 contribution in the name of the recipient. The award winner’s name is forwarded to ASBO to determine eligibility for a national award, and a press release describing the award winner’s achievement is forwarded to his/her local newspaper and included in the MASBO Notebook. The award is presented in May at the MASBO Annual Institute and nominations are due by April 1st, 2021.

Colleagues in the profession, superintendents, and regional round tables can nominate individuals for this award, and members are also encouraged to apply themselves. There may be multiple winners in one year; the number of awards is entirely dependent on the number and quality of nominees. Award selection is made by the Awards Subcommittee and the Board of Directors.

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

  • Anne L. Gulati, Needham Public Schools

2012

  • Kurtis W. Johnson, Blackstone Valley Voc. Reg. 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

2018

  • Samuel A. Rippin, Dedham Public Schools

2019

  • Christine Regan, Southern Berkshire Regional School District

2020

  • <Not conferred>
2021
  • Gail Dowd, Reading Public Schools
  • Lincoln Lynch IV, Framingham Public Schools

The Friend of MASBO Award

Application

The Friend of MASBO Award recognizes individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Have made a significant contribution (including but not limited to pro-active involvement in the legislative process, the creation of a model program/procedure, the establishment of an exemplary standard or practice) that facilitated a process by which school business officials contribute to educating students in their districts;
  2. Have consistently, and on a long-term basis, provided significant assistance to MASBO in the implementation of its various functions and responsibilities; and/or
  3. Have provided assistance to MASBO in a way that exceeds expectations.

MASBO is grateful for the partnership of U.S. Omni, who through their generosity have made this celebrated award possible. Nominations may be submitted by anyone who can document and attest to the accomplishments of the nominee. 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. The recipient receives an award certificate, a letter is sent to the recipient's leadership, and the recipient is recognized in the MASBO Notebook. MASBO members receive the award at the May Annual Institute and non-members may receive the award at any MASBO event. Award selection is determined by the Awards Subcommittee and the Board of Directors.

2007

  • Joseph Delude, Taunton Public Schools
  • David P. Driscoll, Massachusetts Department of Education
  • Mary Ellen Normen (Dunn), Lexington Public Schools
  • A. Francis “Skip” Finnell, Dennis-Yarmouth Reg. 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.
  • Anne L. Gulati, Needham Public Schools
  • Ronald Skinner, ASBO International
  • Terry Wiggin, Georgetown Public Schools
  • Jeffrey Wulfson, DESE

2010

  • Jenny Caldwell Curtin, Massachusetts DESE
  • Michelle Loglisci, Mass. Association of Pupil Transportation
  • Colleen Cavanaugh, Mass. Association of Pupil Transportation
  • Susan Sacks, School Nutrition Association
  • Barbara Hansberry, Mass. Office of the Inspector General
  • Liz Powers, Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General
  • Joyce McEntee Emmett, Mass. Office of the Inspector General
  • John A. Lafleche, Southern Worcester Cty. Reg. Voc. School Dist.
  • Joanne McDonough, Hanover Public Schools

2011

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

2012

  • Joanne Blier, Mohawk Trail & Hawlemont Reg./Rowe School Dist.
  • 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, Reading Public Schools
  • 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 Schools

2016

  • Kristen Behnke, Pittsfield Public Schools
  • Sharon Harrison, Berkshire Hills Regional School District
  • Robert Sanborn, Cape Cod Regional Voc. Tech. High School
  • Luc Schuster, Deputy Director, Mass Budget & Policy Center
  • David Tobin, M.A.S.S. (Retired)

2017

  • Roger Hatch, DESE (Retired)
  • Sharon Bruce, Connecticut ASBO
  • Sara Consalvo, Worcester Public Schools
  • Tracy O'Connell Novick, Mass. Association of School Committees
  • Gail Zeman, MASBO Past President (Retired)

2018

  • Thomas F. Campbell, Ed.D., Needham Public Schools
  • Susan J. McLaughlin, MASBO
  • Robert O'Donnell, DESE
  • Melissa King, DESE

2019

  • Ken Wertz, Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association
  • Paul Schaefer, MASBO Past President (Retired)
  • David DeGennaro, Hull Public Schools
  • Colin Jones, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

2020

  • Greg Zammuto, SEEM Collaborative
2021
  • Susan Bottan, Wayland Public Schools
  • Neil Cohen, Office of the Inspector General
  • Daniel F. Deedy, Wachusett Regional School District
  • Robert M. Leshin, DESE
  • Felicia Moschella, Abington Public Schools

The Donald D. Johnson Operational & Cost Efficiency Award

Application

The Donald D. Johnson Operational and Cost Efficiency Award recognizes school districts for their efforts in developing replicable, cost efficient approaches that address operational challenges commonly burdening districts.

MASBO is grateful for its partnership with VOYA Financial, who through its generosity, has developed and made this distinguished award possible. The recipient receives a plaque in recognition of implementation of the cost-saving initiative as well as a $2,500 student scholarship award. The district's school business official will have his/her ASBO Annual Meeting registration paid and announcements will be sent to the local newspaper and appear in the MASBO Notebook. Presentation of the award will take place in May at the MASBO Annual Institute, with a follow-up ceremony at a district School Committee meeting.

Nominations are welcomed by anyone who can document and attest to the district's accomplishments. Award selection is made by the Awards Subcommittee and the MASBO Board of Directors and nominations are due by April 1st, 2021.

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

2018

  • Gateway Regional School District

2019

  • Wellesley Public Schools

2020

  • Shrewsbury Public Schools
2021
  • Spencer-East Brookfield Public Schools

The President's Award

The President's Award recognizes a MASBO member who has contributed to the growth and improvement of the profession; his or her investment of time and skills have greatly improved school efficiency. The President's Award is given in recognition of an individual's outstanding contribution to his or her school district, community, and/or MASBO.

MASBO is grateful for its partnership with RISO who, through their generosity, have made this prestigious award possible. The recipient receives a plaque to commemorate the award, and his or her district receives a $1,000 award in the name of the recipient. There is appropriate recognition in local papers as well as in the MASBO Notebook. The Award is presented in May at the MASBO Annual Institute with a follow-up presentation at a meeting of the recipient's School Committee.

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 1st of the year in which the nomination is made. The award selection is considered and made by the MASBO President; there is no application process.

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 Normen (Dunn), Lexington Public Schools

2016

  • Mary C. DeLai, Wilmington Public Schools

2017

  • Brian Allen, Worcester Public Schools

2018

  • Richard G. Bedard, Jr., Millbury Public Schools

2019

  • Anne Gulati, Needham Public Schools

2020

  • Kristen Behnke, Pittsfield Public Schools
2021
  • Cynthia D. (Cindy) Mahr, Wellesley Public Schools

The John A. Crafton Lifetime Achievement Award

The John A. Crafton Lifetime Achievement Award was created to honor individuals who have demonstrated significant and sustained contribution to the field of school business administration in the Commonwealth. It is intended to provide meaningful recognition to an individual for an entire professional career rather than a single event or project.

The award was created in 2013 and named for MASBO's fourth Executive Director, who embodied the notion of lifetime achievement both in his work and in service to the organization. Eligible candidates can be active or retired, and must have served in the field of school business administration for twenty-five years, with twenty years of service within MASBO; and have received a recognition in the field (e.g. an ASBO Award like Pinnacle, Eagle, Meritorious Budget, or comparable). Nominees should have served in a MASBO leadership capacity (Board member, Board Subcommittee member, program leadership, etc.), have earned another MASBO award, served in an ASBO leadership capacity (Board member, Subcommittee member, etc.), and is held in the highest regard by colleagues within their district and by MASBO. Criteria for consideration include (but are not limited to): development of innovative programs within the field or within MASBO; creation of ways to provide opportunities for professional development within their district or MASBO; and creation of programs or services that can be models for replication in other districts/schools. Board members are not eligible for the award.

Nominations are entertained from an existing voting Board member and approval of two-thirds of the Board of Directors. Solicitation of nominees is at the discretion of the Board. The award is not expected to be conferred every year, but on occasion when an individual's contribution to the profession is noteworthy. It is the final award presented at the May Annual Institute (unless other arrangements are necessary).

2013

  • John A. Crafton
2021
  • Brian E. Allen, Worcester Public Schools