Corey Lowell, SFO
After four years of auditing school districts, Corey Lowell took a job as a school district controller. After acquiring her CPA license in 1998 and earning an MBA in 2004, she became a school business administrator nine years ago. For the past seven months, Corey has served as the business administrator and board secretary for two school districts in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
Corey explains that Shore Regional High School District serves 640 students in an International Baccalaureate World School and ranks among the state’s top public high schools. West Long Branch School District includes an elementary school and a middle school, serving a total of 550 students in grades K–8.
Splitting her time evenly between the two districts is Corey’s biggest challenge. She spends at least four nights per month in committee and board meetings, but she’s grateful that both boards are supportive of administration and the shared agreement. “The tricky part is trying to synchronize committee member schedules for negotiations with both districts, and of course trying to remember what’s in each of the collective bargaining agreements!” she says.
Corey likes to start out her work day by reading through School Business Daily. “It takes me ‘outside of myself’ and refocuses my perspective,” she says. In addition, she looks forward to receiving School Business Affairs every month to read about leadership topics or technology topics that are of interest to school business administrators. Corey has taken advantage of ASBO’s Executive Leadership Forum for the past three years as well. “It’s a unique conference that focuses on school business officials as business leaders instead of accountants or operation managers,” she says. “Each year I take away something that I apply to my leadership style.”
Corey stays busy outside the office too. She minored in music in college and loves to sing—she can sometimes be found at local open mic nights! An avid runner and triathlete, Corey completed her first Half Ironman in 2014 and her first marathon in 2016. She’s running the New Jersey Marathon on April 30 and competing in the Lake Placid Half Ironman in September. Keep it up, Corey!
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