Ames Community School District Chief Financial Officer Chris Stensland was presented with the Professional Leadership Award by the Iowa Association of School Business Professionals (IASBO) at their annual conference on March 27, 2019. The award is one of the highest honors that IASBO bestows upon its members as recipients are nominated by their peers.
The award is not just a measure of extraordinary deeds or a lengthy career, it is a recognition of school business officials who throughout their career and lifetime have demonstrated excellence in service to their school district, community, and profession. As an award recipient, Stensland receives a scholarship that she will present to a graduating high school senior from Ames, and an invitation to the next Iowa ASBO Leadership Conference.
Stensland serves as CFO and board secretary for the Ames Community School District and is responsible for food service and transportation in the District, and is involved in audit and budget board committees, as well as the policy, facilities, and PPEL committees. She manages investments, debt issuance, payroll, employee benefits, and is a member of the negotiations team. Chris led a significant shift streamlining payroll with the implementation of a time and attendance record keeping system to ensure the District is in compliance.
She has served as a member of the Department of Education School Level Reporting Advisory Committee, the Department of Education Financial CAR/SES Advisory Committee, Region 10 Chair, and has hosted regional meetings and been a presenter at IASBO conferences. She has instructed for 19 years at the Academy teaching long term debt service and has volunteered her time to help new members both as an official and unofficial mentor. Congratulations Chris on an honor well deserved.