Each year at the annual conference, the Mississippi Association of School Business Officials will recognize an outstanding MASBO member who for that year exemplifies professionalism, leadership and innovation in the field of school business management. The award winner will then be recognized by the Southeastern Association of School Business Officials at their annual conference in April. A team of past Association of School Business Officials International Eagle Award Recipients from SASBO will assist the State Association’s Outstanding Business Officials, who are ASBO International Members and are interested, in preparing an application for the ASBO International Eagle or Pinnacle Awards.MASBO will send their award winner’s name to the SASBO Executive Secretary no later than April 1 of each year. The SASBO Executive Secretary will work with the past ASBO International Eagle Award Recipients in contacting the State Recipients and assist those interested in applying for the ASBO International Eagle or Pinnacle Awards.GUIDELINES:A Superintendent or active member of MASBO may submit nominations for the Outstanding Business Official to MASBO by submitting the following information:A description of the nominee’s service to their school district, their profession, their colleagues and their communities by completing the official Nominee Application.Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which directly address issues concerning the nominee’s activities and career as a school business official. (This is Optional.)Additional information regarding the nominee, if appropriate, on a separate sheet.The completed application and attachments must be submitted to MASBO on or before October 31 of each year.Nominees for the Outstanding Business Official Award must be a current active MASBO member who is employed by a Mississippi school district. Current MASBO board members are not eligible.The MASBO board will review nominees objectively. The board reserves the right to request additional information on any nominee. Each nomination will be kept valid and on file for two years unless withdrawn by either the nominee or nominating party.MASBO will notify the superintendent and/or family of the successful candidate and invite them to attend the presentation of the award at the annual conference. The names of candidates submitted, and the selection of the successful candidate, will be kept in strict confidence.
In 2005, the Mississippi Association of School Business Officials established a scholarship fund in honor of Paul Lamar Franklin Sr. Mr. Franklin, considered as the “father” of MASBO, was the Business Manager of the Meridian Public School District from 1947 to 1982, was a charter member of both MASBO and SASBO, and served as the first president and long time supporter of MASBO.
The scholarship recipient(s) shall be selected from applicants who are current MASBO members in good standing, attended the most recent annual conference and work a majority of their work day in a school business related field.
The scholarship shall be awarded on an annual basis. Completed applications shall be submitted to the MASBO Executive Secretary on or before July 1 of each year. The application must include a recommendation by the applicant’s supervisor and/or superintendent.
The purpose of the scholarship shall be to assist interested members of MASBO with tuition expenses of college courses taken to meet certification requirements of a Certified School Business Official or Certified School Business Administrator, or to enhance the professional skills of the recipient.