The Value of Membership

"I could not have survived 30 years in school business without the support I've received from ASBO. No matter how much you may think your problem is unique, it's not. I've always found support from colleagues facing the same issues no matter where they work, and I've shared solutions. We have a lot to learn from one another, so I value my memberships in Tri-State ASBO, New Hampshire ASBO, Vermont ASBO, and ASBO International."
 
—John Aubin, South Burlington School District, South Burlington, Vermont
Member since 1992

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Jason Demerath, SFO, CSRM

Member Spotlight from March 2, 2017

During his 13 years in school business, Jason Demerath has garnered experience in districts serving from 725 students to 25,000 students. Since 2009, he has served as director of business services for the School District of Fort Atkinson, which enrolls about 3,000 students in six schools in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Jason is proud of the work the district has done over the past 18 months to begin implementation of the Smarter School Spending framework. “There has been a lot of professional development for me and our administrative team,” Jason says. “This model brings together the academic and financial sides of the district to work together in making evidence-based decisions that positively impact student achievement.”

Clearly, Jason understands the importance of student success and embraces being a lifelong learner. Not only did he earn his master’s degree in school business management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, but four years ago, he went on to become an instructor for the same program—inspiring future generations of school business officials. In addition, he earned his SFO® certification and is a certified school risk manager (CSRM).

Jason joined the Wisconsin ASBO board more than three years ago, and as the current president-elect, has had many more opportunities to network with SBOs outside the state.

“I have been able to participate in ASBO International events, gaining valuable professional development that has advanced my leadership skills,” Jason says. “And I have networked with colleagues from across the country. Lean on your colleagues, ASBO, and your state ASBO affiliate for any resources you may need. I have yet to encounter a school business official who is not willing to help his or her colleagues, especially someone new to the profession.”

Look Jason up at the next ASBO International event. He has some interesting stories to tell, including how he married the same woman twice in one day and has had dinner with Brett Favre!

Connect with Jason on the Global School Business Network

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