AASBO is a constituent organization under an umbrella of related associations, all of which form the Arkansas Association of Education Administrators whose members are school leaders from across the state.
AASBO has grown in membership from 1976-1977, when we had 24 total members, to a 2009-2010 membership of 489. We continue to get our insight and impetus from the local school district level, where our members serve and work.
The issues that are critical in school business management, fiscal accountability and support for the effective delivery of instruction, are central to AASBO concerns. That central focus is what makes membership in AASBO a benefit to school business leaders across the state.
The AASBO Board is comprised of representation from all congressional districts of the state, as well as officers who have served in various positions, and the AAEA executive director. This provides continuity, fair representation, and leaders who have developed a sense of needs experienced in school business.
AASBO continues to work to influence and impact the constant change in legislation and rule that affects school business in Arkansas. The Legislative Committee works between and during legislative sessions to promote sound and sensible legal frameworks under which the focuses of our organization can be achieved, and school business functions can effectively support instruction.
The Certified Arkansas School Business Official (CASBO) training program has been a long-standing opportunity for school business officials to receive instruction from experts and experienced persons in various areas of our profession. Most recently AASBO has been named in law as a primary deliverer of state-required training in the Arkansas School Accounting Practices professional development program (ASAP). This opportunity has been dovetailed into the CASBO program, and many classes offered count for both programs.