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School Business Officials Recognized for Innovative Solutions

Ashburn, VA — June 27, 2020 — The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is proud to announce the recipients of ASBO International’s 2020 Pinnacle Awards, which recognize innovative school business officials for their resourcefulness and creativity in solving challenges facing school districts today.

The ASBO International 2020 Pinnacle of Excellence Award recipient is Jimmy Hay, director of finance for Paola Unified School District 368 in Paola, Kansas, for a back-to-school readiness event that provides resources and supplies for economically disadvantaged students so they can start the school year equipped to learn.

The 2020 ASBO International Pinnacle of Achievement Award recipients are:

  • Jim Anderson, chief financial officer for Anchorage School District in Alaska, for a program that provides housing and an opportunity for high school students in a neighboring rural district to attend academic and career and technical education classes in Anchorage.
  • Kevin Hegarty, chief financial officer for Laveen Elementary School District in Arizona, for a project that involved an innovative land swap and series of agreements with several state and local entities to procure a much-needed school site.
  • Ryan Pendleton, chief financial officer/treasurer for Akron Public Schools in Ohio, for a direct primary healthcare provider model that generates cost savings, improves employee health, and provides more resources for classrooms.

The Pinnacle Awards showcase replicable projects and practices that allow district business leaders to exchange and implement new ideas to better support their schools and communities. The awards are sponsored by Virco, Inc.

“School business leaders are among the most creative and resourceful education professionals around,” ASBO International Executive Director David J. Lewis says. “We need look no further than these Pinnacle Award recipients to see the power of ingenuity, teamwork, and determination. We are pleased to celebrate them for their commitment to solving challenges within their school communities and we thank Virco, Inc., for helping us highlight their accomplishments.”

Brian True, Virco, Inc. vice president of sales, national sales group, adds, “Virco is honored to partner with ASBO International and to sponsor the Pinnacle Awards. For more than 60 years, we have been privileged to recognize school business officials whose creative solutions not only help their districts and communities, but inspire others to do so as well.”

All Pinnacle honorees will be recognized with crystal Pinnacle Awards. In addition, Pinnacle of Excellence Award recipient Jimmy Hay’s district will receive $5,000 in furniture from Virco, Inc.

For more information about ASBO International’s Pinnacle Awards, visit

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About ASBO International
Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide. ASBO International is committed to providing programs, services, and a global network that promote the highest standards in school business. Its members support student achievement through effective resource management in various areas ranging from finance and operations to food services and transportation. Learn more at

About Virco
Virco Inc., is America’s leading furniture and equipment manufacturer and supplier for the K–12 market. Active in ASBO International for over 60 years, Virco is proud to honor outstanding practices and new ideas in the school business profession.