School Business Administrator / Board Secretary
Ms. Lowell graduated from Rutgers University Cum Laude in 1997 with a BS in Accounting and Monmouth University Cum Laude in 2004 with an MBA . Ms. Lowell worked for a regional accounting firm from January 1998 until March of 2002, passing the CPA exam in 1998. She earned the SFO designation (Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations) in 2014 from the Association of School Business Officials International. Ms. Lowell was first employed in school business as the accountant/controller for the Freehold Regional High School District. In 2008, she went to the Asbury Park School District as the School Business Administrator then moved to the Keansburg School District in 2011, where she was involved with the construction of the new Joseph C. Caruso Elementary School which opened September 2016. Ms. Lowell has been the School Business Administrator at West Long Branch since September of 2016.
Ms. Lowell has served on various county and state committees and has presented at the NJASBO annual conference -- most recently on Leadership and Feedback in June 2022.
Ms. Lowell also serves as the Past President for the Monmouth County Association of School Business Officials. She currently teaches the school finance course for NJASBO, which is a required course for individuals to earn their School Business Administrator certificate from the State of NJ.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
As the school business administrator or chief financial officer of the district, Ms. Lowell is responsible for performing duties at the district level in the areas of financial budget planning and administration, financial accounting and reporting, insurance/risk administration, purchasing, payroll and health benefits, investment management, facilities planning, construction and maintenance, administration of transportation, and food services.
School Business Officials facilitate efficient operations so that more resources may be invested in educational programs. A few examples may include:
A trained School Business Official carefully managing a district's cash flow can maximize return on investments (even during periods of low rates of return) and manage the timing of expenditures to use available resources more efficiently.
By effectively monitoring budgeted expenditures, the School Business Official can quickly identify potential savings and reallocate them to other needed areas rather than waiting until the next budgeting cycle begins.
By analyzing business operations throughout the organization, the School Business Official can identify and implement strategies which reduce the cost and the time necessary to complete ordinary business tasks such as payroll management, the processing of purchase orders and the payment of bills and other administrative functions while continuing to meet requirements for auditing and reporting.
School Business Officials across the state have developed and shared other strategies for cost savings in a variety of activities, resulting in economies in areas such as insurance, construction management, transportation, food service and other areas.