Who We Are

 

The North Carolina Association of School Business Officials is the largest professional association of those who perform financial services for public school districts in North Carolina. With more than 450 active members, the Association's membership includes the chief financial officers of virtually every public school district in the State, along with many of their supervisors and staff members. Our membership also includes key officials in the NC Department of Public Instruction who coordinate public education financial services at the state level.

The three primary objectives of the Association are to 1) further the professional development of members, 2) promote and provide leadership for the improvement and advancement of members and 3) promote the improvement and advancement of public education through greater fiscal accountability and integrity, and to coordinate similar efforts with the NC Superintendents' Council and the NC Department of Public Instruction.

Though most larger school districts in North Carolina have had financial managers for decades, the state's public school districts were first required to officially designate an individual to serve as the district's School Finance Officer when the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the School Budget and Fiscal Control Act effective July 1, 1976. In addition to mandating the annual balanced budget resolution and the uniform budget format, the law requires every school district to have a duly designated Finance Officer (N.C.G.S. 115C-435) who has specific duties and responsibilities. In 1977 a school for school finance officers was held at the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill, NC, bringing together school business officials with the common goal of meeting the requirements of the new law.

Our state's Association traces its beginning to the Spring of 1982, when a small group of the State's public school finance officers met at an organizational meeting in High Point, North Carolina. The newly formed association held their first Annual Conference in January, 1983, bringing together approximately 125 finance officers and staff members. The fledgling organization was incorporated on December 12, 1983 and became affiliated with the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) on July 31, 1985. Since that time, the association has grown to become an important source of information and inter-district support for those in our profession. Because of North Carolina's unique blend of state and local funding for public schools, school business officials across the state have found that the information shared among our members is perhaps the most valuable benefit of belonging to our association.

In March of 1984 the first Finance Forum was held, creating a quarterly summit and a new opportunity for better communication between the NCASBO Executive Council and the NC Department of Public Instruction.

Beginning in July of 1986, School Finance Officers were required by the NC Department of Public Instruction to meet minimum educational requirements and to be certified by the State in order for their units to receive full or partial state funding toward their administrative positions. Over the years the School Finance Officer position has evolved to become a key leadership position in school districts all across the state, enhancing fiscal accountability to elected officials and to taxpayers, safeguarding school district assets and making the financial activities of their school districts more efficient and productive.

We believe that the role of the school business official is to provide the administrative structure which allows the school district to achieve its educational goals in the most effective and efficient way possible. School business officials should lead local efforts for fiscal accountability and strive for excellence, constantly improving the financial services provided to their boards, their superintendents and their communities. The North Carolina Association for School Business Officials is committed to making resources available to improve the professional skills of our state's public school business officials, ultimately for the benefit of school students throughout the great state of North Carolina.