AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Association of School Business Officials has awarded its first ever school business official certification.
Deborah Roberts, business manager of MSAD 52 (Leeds, Green and Turner), received certification as School Business Official III at the association meeting Sept. 28 at the Capital Area Technical Center in Augusta. Roberts achieved the highest of three certification levels available under the program.
In 2008, the association certification committee began development of a rigorous voluntary certification program for school business officials in Maine. Those seeking certification must show proficiency in 19 content areas, including cash management, facilities, school nutrition, transportation, budgeting and labor relations. Applicants may obtain necessary credit hours in the topic areas by attending training provided by the association. Applicants also may demonstrate proficiency by compiling a portfolio showing past training or work experience in those areas.
The certification committee is chaired by Roberts and includes Karla Miller, Augusta School Department; Cathy Messmer, Lisbon School Department; and Scott Vaitones, RSU 13. Past members Michael Kucsma of the Sanford School Department and Don Martel of the Auburn School Department also contributed to the committee’s work.
Ten members of the association currently are going through the application process, and many more are pursuing certification-specific training and beginning their pursuit of certification. The organization reports that it has received inquiries from the University of New England and the University of Wisconsin expressing interest in the standards and content areas included in the certification program.