JSD's David Means wins AK official award

The Alaska Association of School Business Officials awarded its School Business Official of the Year designation to David Means of Juneau School District at its annual meeting last week at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

Means has served as the Director of Administrative Services for Juneau School District since 2006. Prior to his position in Juneau, Means served as a school business official with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District for more than 20 years.

The selection of Means for the School Business Official of the Year award was made by a committee of his colleagues, all of whom are past recipients of the award, and recognizes Means’ dedication and outstanding service to the profession of school business. Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich calls him “a very skilled manager of Juneau School District’s resources,” who “goes about his craft with humility and a soft-spoken dignity.”

In addition to his responsibilities at Juneau School District, Means has mentored colleagues around the state. He served several terms on the Board of the Alaska Association of School Business Officials, and as its president in 2006, in addition to contributing to committee work. He has presented numerous times at the annual ALASBO conference and has also served on ASBO International committees with school business officials from around the world. In his free time, Means can often be found working as an official for youth football and baseball, or participating in church activities.

The School Business Official of the Year award has been sponsored by Penair for the past 13 years. The recipient receives roundtrip travel certificates, a check for $500 and an engraved plaque.

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, it recognized Means for the achievement.

“I really want to say it’s not just my award, but it’s the district’s award,” Means said, adding that the staff in his office help contribute to the quality of work that represents the award.

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