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With the Leadership Training Institute tour is wrapping up Matt, Angel and I have hit our Bavarian Inn chicken limit until the Regional Connect conferences begin. I had the opportunity to introduce the "From the Archives” concept with many of you at the LTI advisor meetings. When asked for topics you would like some additional resources on - Constitution Review, Bylaws and Officer Duties & Responsibilities were frequently shared.

These topics along with Committees closely align with Section 1 Organization & Structure) of the Award of Excellence rubric . I was found…

Y’all (I been using that a lot lately) – we are so close to the end of the year! I would first like to give a big congratulations to each and every single one of you. You have worked so hard, and it is all going to pay off. The holidays are right around the corner, so stay strong. 

Not gonna lie, this year has been a heck of a year for me. If you would have told me, one year ago, that I was going to be where I am at - writing this in my dorm at the University of North Carolina, I would have laughed in your face. For many of you seniors, I understand all of the emotions you might be…

As we get back into the school season, it is easy to find ourselves falling into an aimless daily routine. Everything we are involved in may begin to pile up and it can seem that the only thing our life is made up of is homework, practice, studying, work, and not getting enough sleep. We can promote a grateful lifestyle by keeping a hopeful attitude that sees our challenges as opportunities rather than burdens to ignore.

A recent challenge I faced came at the end of my senior year. During one of the first games of the soccer season, I tore my ACL. I was devastated and angry. I…

All too often, the topics that make us yawn prove to contain the nuts and bolts that keep government machinery chugging along.  Changes to federal regulations have caused many administrators to question whether their approaches to school fundraising are in need of refinement.  We are, of course, referring to Statement No. 84 of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, more commonly known as GASB 84.

Historically, school districts categorized many student activity group funds (SAFs), including funds generated via fundraisers, as “Agency Funds.”  Usually, SAFs were kept in a…

My first year as a Student Council Advisor was 1974.  In the forty-five that have followed, I have been fortunate to been involved with national, state and local organizations that promote involvement by students and the training of advisors.  The sharing of the “good stuff” between fellow advisors was a key to my professional growth.

My basement files are overflowing (honestly, ask my wife!) with conference handouts, journals and other publications.  Many of these are from a fifteen year time span from the mid eighties to early two thousands.  This was a golden era for…


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