By Mary Beth Rogers, ED.S, CFO, MSBO Board Member, Executive Director of Business Services, Clarkston Community Schools
Recently I was watching a movie on Netflix. A line in a song resonated with me on a personal level. The line was, “Will you be my beginning, my middle, my end?” As I thought about what I wanted to write about in this article, I realized that throughout my career, MSBO has been my beginning, my middle and my end.
In the beginning of my career, I reached out to other MSBO members. They were willing to mentor and guide me. MSBO provided me with certification tracks, professional development, the ability to network and many resources. I was able to take advantage of MSBO scholarships. If you are at the beginning of your career, I encourage you to lean on MSBO. Tap into all of their resources and reach out to other members. I started as a part time accountant at a small charter school in Mt. Pleasant. I was their first business official. I reached out to the local public school business manager and said “I want to be you someday.” He did not hesitate and became my mentor. His first advice was to join MSBO and register for one of their certification tracks. I had not heard of MSBO. I took his advice. I started to build my network. Without MSBO and others willing to mentor, I do not think I would have been successful or still in this career. MSBO made the difference.
Over the years, MSBO and their members became invaluable to me. Mid-career, I transitioned to two other school districts. I moved to one on the west side and then a larger district on the east side of the state. Each school district had unique challenges and obstacles. I reached out to the local school business officials who again without hesitation guided me. I was able to complete more professional development and tap into MSBO resources as I implemented changes and new ideas and procedures into each district. I have never felt like I needed to reinvent the wheel. Again, I would not have been successful during these transitions. MSBO made the difference.
I am entering the last phase of my career and I still rely heavily on MSBO and its members. Even though I have been a school business official for almost 25 years, I rely on MSBO and its members on a daily basis. How would I survive without the listserv, website, resources, and always up-to-date professional development? Schools are currently facing unprecedented challenges, and MSBO has adapted. MSBO has been there to guide us through the challenges we face with this pandemic. MSBO’s ability to adapt and continue to provide quality services has given me the ability to seamlessly adapt for my administration team and school district. Again, I would have not been successful without MSBO during these most challenging times. MSBO made the difference.
In my professional life, MSBO and its members have been my beginning, my middle and my end. MSBO invested in me. As a veteran, I want to give back and invest in MSBO members and help each one of you be successful.
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