Member Spotlight from December 14, 2017
Kimberly (Kim) Aguiar always knew that she wanted to serve in public education in some capacity, but her path to school business was anything but traditional. She began on the pedagogical side of school district operations as an English teacher, but she soon realized that she preferred school business administration. Nine years ago, Kim embarked on a career change that brought her to Bristol Warren Regional School District (BWRSD) in Bristol Warren, Rhode Island.
The district is comprised of six school buildings, including four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, with a total enrollment hovering around 3,500. Bristol Warren is focused on continuous improvement, and as such was selected to represent the state as part of the national Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting initiative. It is also an Alliance for Excellent Education Future Ready School District and a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools.
“In the time that I have been with the district, I have been successively promoted, obtained a second bachelor’s degree in public administration, and am currently enrolled in a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program,” Kim says. During this time, she has acquired two-and-a-half years of school business experience as an accounting clerk and five years of administrative support experience as the administrative assistant to the superintendent. In March of this year, Kim returned to the school business realm when she was promoted to assistant business manager, making her an Emerging School Business Leader (and yes, she was awarded this scholarship) in the truest sense.
“I believe my greatest contribution to the school business profession is my diverse experience in school operations, which has forged in me a fundamental understanding of the vital role of school business officials in the context of the educational partnership,” Kim says. “Without steadfast fiscal stewardship and support of educational programs, the shared responsibility of providing a quality education to all students through continuous improvement would not be realized.”
Outside of the office, Kim is an avid runner, reader, and foodie, as well as a social justice and animal rights advocate. She spends most of her free time—outdoors whenever possible—with her husband and two Golden Retrievers, Kubota and Dexter.