Katie Miano began her career working as an auditor for a regional auditing firm in Virginia. “We audited local Virginia government, from the county, school boards, social services, IDAs, and other boards and commissions,” Miano explained. After working in the auditing field for over ten years, Miano moved into the school business field. She was hired as Controller for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia. After almost nine years in the role, she was promoted to Director of Finance in early 2017. She now oversees payroll, accounts payable, purchasing and the Montgomery County school system warehouse.
Montgomery County is part of the Blacksburg—Christiansburg—Radford Virginia metropolitan statistical area. Montgomery County’s enrollment is about 9,800 students in grades pre-K through 12. The system includes one primary school serving Kindergarten through second grade, ten elementary school, four middle schools, four high schools, and one alternative education program.
Miano explains that her greatest challenge as Director of Finance is doing “more with less.” “State funding in Virginia has continued to lag behind inflation and other states,” said Miano. “In Virginia, school divisions do not have taxing authority, so we rely heavily on our local government to fill the gap.”
Miano credits her involvement with ASBO International in helping her find solutions to combat the challenges she faces. “The School Business Leader, Members Digest, and School Business Daily provide valuable information on a daily basis. I have participated in Members Digest a hand full of times and the feedback from peers is amazing,” said Miano. She also uses ASBO International resources as she prepares for the SFO designation exam. “The resources available on the website are helpful in preparation for the exam,” said Miano.
A career highlight for Miano was receiving ASBO International’s Meritorious Budget Award for Montgomery County’s fiscal year 2017-2018 budget book.
For those just embarking on school business careers, Miano advises getting involved with ASBO International. “Join ASBO and your state ASBO. Making connections with peers is the best thing you can do as a newbie.”