Member Spotlight from January 19, 2017
With winter in full swing, school business officials in colder climes may be counting down the days until spring, in hopes that extreme weather won’t force their districts to miss school days. When you live way up north, however, it takes more than a little snow to shut down schools. Just ask Holly Holman, business manager for Unalaska City School District in Unalaska, Alaska.
A native Alaskan, Holly and her family moved to Washington State for her high school and college years. After earning a teaching degree in math and serving as a loan officer while working on her MBA, Holly thought it would be the perfect fit to go into school business. In 1991, she accepted the position at Unalaska City School District and has never looked back.
Located 800 air miles from Anchorage in the Aleutian Islands, this tiny district is only accessible by plane or boat and serves about 400 students in two schools. Holly’s office is right in the heart of the grades 5–12 building, where students come and go every day.
“I love it,” Holly says. “I can walk outside my office and talk to a student in the hall at any time to brighten up my day. Nearly every time I enter the building, I have a student open the door for me, and I always think, ‘How can you have a bad day if a student—our future—opens the door every day for you?’”
Holly is grateful for her ASBO membership, which has broadened her knowledge in various school business areas and helped with reporting to her school board and other stakeholders. “I always start out my day by scanning School Business Daily and flagging articles that I feel will be particularly helpful to me,” she says. “I love to start out my day by learning something new and keeping up on school news from across the country.”
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