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VASBO President's Message                                         


The Virginia Association School Business Official (VASBO) is a professional association whose mission it is to promote the highest standards of school business practices for its membership through professional developmentcontinuing education, networking, and legislative lobbying.  Comprised of K-12 public school’s business officials, VASBO proudly exists on a history rich in monumental accomplishments and triumphs. As such, I am deeply humbled and honored for this opportunity to serve as the 53rd president of VASBO.

For the Presidents that preceded me, I want to thank you for the exceptional leadership you have exemplified during your terms in office. I also wish to salute and celebrate every VASBO officer, director, member, vendor and sponsor, past and present. Without everyone’s dedication and pursuit for excellence both individually and collectively, VASBO would not be the prestigious association that it is today. Furthermore, I commend the Superintendents and members of School Boards, as well as members of the Board of Supervisors and City Council members for your support in allowing your staff to participate in VASBO. It is thanks to the many diverse talents and contributions of our members that VASBO is consistently able to exceed our goals and provide such a far-reaching impact on the success of our community schools.

As the 53rd President, I commit to you that I will lead collaboratively with grace, poise, humility and vigor. Every decision that is made, will be done with the principle goal of increasing student achievement outcomes so that our school community students are able to compete locally, nationally and globally. Also, an overarching goal is to enhance VASBO workshops to be more aligned with the nationally recognized School Finance Officer (SFO) certification program and to provide school business officials with the tools needed to maximize the limited resources of school districts through more targeted engagement and networking opportunities with vendors and experts in the field.

For those who are not yet actively participating in VASBO, we will be reaching out to you as we believe these times demand CFOs, Finance Directors, Budget Analysts, Technology Officers, Food Service and Transportation Supervisors and School Bookkeepers be further informed and kept abreast of federal, state and local laws now, more than ever before. While VASBO serves you as a school business official, VASBO is also in need of your talents, your gifts and your abilities as we go to the next level of professional excellence. As VASBO surveys are disseminated, we ask that you please take a moment to complete and return them, as your feedback is greatly valued and appreciated.

In closing, please mark your calendars for this year’s three upcoming conferences which will provide relevant and meaningful professional development training as well as networking and engagement opportunities that will propel your effectiveness as a school business official.


Fall 2017 VASBO Conference - October 12 & 13 at the Hilton Hotel and Spa in Short Pump, VA


Winter 2018 Joint VASS & VASBO Conference - January 10 & 11 at the Richmond Marriott Downtown, Richmond, VA


Spring 2018 VASBO Conference - May 2324, and 25 at the Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA


I am honored and thank you for your vote of confidence and providing me with the opportunity to work alongside such great colleagues as I give back to an association that has assisted my growth both personally and professionally down through the years.

The academic year 2017-2018 promises to be an amazing year for VASBO!!! Thank you in advance for your continued contributions and support.

In your service,

LaShahn Gaines

VASBO President





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