Congratulations to the 2016 Pinnacle Award recipients! The Pinnacle Awards celebrate the work of outstanding individuals whose share-worthy solutions maximize resources and enhance student achievement.
Pinnacle of Excellence Award Recipient
John W. Hutchison, CPA, SFO
Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Olathe Public Schools
The Art of Capital Improvement Planning
Stakeholders are more likely to support district capital improvement plans if they understand them. John Hutchison developed a capital improvement planning process that included a combination of collaborative building walkthroughs, data-based committee work, and stakeholder feedback to ensure support for the capital improvement plan. The graphically pleasing planning document incorporated easy-to-understand graphics that helped stakeholders comprehend district priorities.
Pinnacle of Achievement Award Recipients
Charles W. Brazeale, Ed.D., SFO
Assistant Superintendent/Chief Financial Officer
City of St. Charles School District
St. Charles, Missouri
Increasing Quality and Reducing Costs Through an Onsite Clinic
Charles Brazeale spearheaded the establishment of an employer-sponsored onsite clinic that improves healthcare while saving the district money. The clinic, which serves only those on the district’s health plan, increases access for employees and their covered dependents (most can be seen that day) and decreases costs to the school district because no processing is needed in the clinic or through a third-party administrator.
Frank J. Frazee, CPA
School Business Administrator
Ocean County Vocational Technical School
Toms River, New Jersey
Innovative Educational Culinary Training Center via Shared Service with County Government
Ocean County Vocational Technical School was looking for a location to launch an innovative culinary program to train students in all phases of food preparation, restaurant management, and service. Ocean County needed someone to take over and run the failing restaurant at the county’s 18-hole golf course. Frank Frazee established an innovative partnership between the school and the county that includes on-the-job culinary skills training, restaurant management, and working internships.
Leslie J. Peterson, MBA
Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Management Services
Arlington Public Schools
Building Community Engagement and Understanding in the Budget Process
In response to complaints from the community that they were not provided adequate information about the budget with which to make informed decisions, Leslie Peterson developed an online budget balancing tool that gives stakeholders the opportunity to experience “first-hand” the challenges of building and balancing a budget. That tool was supplemented by a variety of publications that explained the budget development process, as well as community forums.