Brian Tomamichel, Chief Financial Officer for the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) was recently honored by the Association of School Business Officials International with its 2017 Pinnacle of Achievement Award for an innovative program that leveraged use of credit card rebates to fund a 1:1 program in the district.
Purchasing almost 4,000 devices as part of a 1:1 initiative and updating Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation’s infrastructure on a short timeline required a $2.5 million investment. Undaunted by the challenge, Tomamichel spearheaded a strategy that entailed taking out a four-year $2.5 million loan from a local bank and offsetting most of the interest through a credit card 1% cash-back rebate program. The district worked with the bank, credit card company, and vendors to set up a process whereby the district could make large purchases with its credit card, thus taking advantage of the rebate program. Between 2015 and 2016, the district received almost $71,000 in cash back from the program—which helps the district to further expand the technology program.
“We are now truly seeing our curriculum integrated digitally throughout our district,” Tomamichel says, “and any student who sets foot onto our campus will be utilizing technology at some point during the day, regardless of their age.”
As the Pinnacle of Achievement Award recipient, Tomamichel will receive $1,000, an all-expenses-paid trip to the ASBO Annual Meeting & Expo in Denver, CO, and a crystal Pinnacle of Achievement Award.
The Pinnacle Awards are sponsored by Virco Inc., America’s leading furniture and equipment manufacturer and supplier for the K–12 market. Virco’s industry-leading resource recovery and recycling program has been honored by local, state, and national organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide. ASBO International is committed to providing programs, services, and a global network that promote the highest standards in school business.
Recently, the Indiana Association of School Business Officials awarded Mrs. Gretchen Sitton the Region 8 School Support Professional of the Year Award. Sitton handles the Benefits and Payroll for MVCSC.
MVCSC's Superintendent, Dr. Shane Robbins, stated "We are exceptionally proud of Brian for his innovative efforts and tireless work ethic to save the corporation money. His sound financial practice has driven our district into a healthy financial status. Gretchen is an exceptionally hard worker and the much deserved recognition is over-due. Both awards are well-deserved!"
Congratulations to both Brian and Gretchen for their outstanding awards!