NORTH CRAWFORD - Demetri Andrews, North Crawford School District Business Manager, was named the George Gray WASBO New School Business Manager of the Year in acknowledgement of his leadership in schools, commitment to professional development, active participation in his profession and role in his community.
Andrews was presented with the award Thursday, January 24 during the WASBO Business Meeting at the WASB/WASDA/WASBO State Education Convention in Milwaukee. This honor carries with it a $1,000 cash award for continuing education, sponsored by Hays Companies.
It is with great pleasure, that starting in 2019, this award was renamed in honor of George Gray who was responsible for creating the School of Business Management Master of Science degree program at UW-Whitewater that trained several of Wisconsin’s school business managers through the ‘Fairly Normal School District’ Budget Mock Annual Meeting.
Just as George Gray before him, Andrews is noted as “consistently looking for ways to maximize the efficiency of the school district, while at the same time making operations more efficient.” Andrews has implemented new financial software to mainstream a large majority of the business office operations that have been noted by several nomination letters as saving the district time, money and resources.
Prior to assuming the role as business manager, he was a business education teacher, which has greatly increased the district’s efficiencies.
Within WASBO, Andrews is chair of the Southwest Regional group and took the reins to plan the first School Business Office Professionals Conference held at CESA 3 in August 2017.
Andrews can be found volunteering at student events, when not in the business office and is a visible leader in the community.
“Demetri has quickly established a solid professional network and is looked upon as a leader in school business management…as he is able to keep the best interests of students as his priority.”