NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: FEBRUARY 17, 2011


Twenty local school district school business employees from across the state are now graduates of the inaugural School Business Management Academy having just achieved certification as School Business Specialists. This three-year certification program is offered through the North Carolina Association of School Business Officials (NCASBO).

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated the graduates and presented each with a certificate saying, “In today’s economy particularly it is essential for finance officers to have the skills and knowledge to effectively use resources to implement sound business practices for their schools.”

Jenny Billings, NCASBO executive director also congratulated the graduates saying, “The dedication and commitment of the Academy members to enhance their skills in this program has been inspiring to experience.”

NCASBO established a School Business Management Academy in 2006 to develop future school business leaders through a comprehensive training program in the area of school finance. The Academy offers three levels of certification: Business Office Director, Business Office Manager and Business Office Specialist. The program has been designed so that an individual can attain certification status in approximately three years.

For more information on the NCASBO School Business Management Academy, please visit and click on School Business Management Academy Information under the Member Services link.

2011 NCASBO School Business Management Academy Graduates:

Kerry Litzsey Beaufort County Schools
Linda Mizell Beaufort County Schools
Elizabeth Lowe Beaufort County Schools
Joan Campbell Beaufort County Schools
Terry Biggs Beaufort County Schools
Ann Brogdon Cleveland County Schools
Samaria Pettus Cumberland County Schools
Jody Pierce Cumberland County Schools
Tennillia Oxendine Hoke County Schools
Connie McNeill Moore County Schools
Catherine "CJ" Hughs-Bowling Onslow County Schools
Linda Holtsford Onslow County Schools
Crystal Jarman Onslow County Schools
Pam Minard Onslow County Schools
Carolyn Jones Onslow County Schools
VilindaWedlock Onslow County Schools
Emily Midgett Perquimans County Schools
Yvonne Stallings Perquimans County Schools
Sherry Tilley Perquimans County Schools
Lynn Hawkins (Formerly with Cleveland County Schools)

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.