Business Services Administrator of the Year

Oct. 25 2017

ACSA is honoring this year’s Administrator of the Year Award recipients, and each is being profiled in EdCal leading up to the formal awards gala at the 2017 Leadership Summit in San Jose.

The business of leadership

Sid Albaugh’s background as a teacher, site administrator and coach informs his role as a school district business leader and recipient of the 2017 Business Services Administrator of the Year Award.

“For me, my decision to become a school business leader was something that took time to evolve as I developed as an educator and as a person,” Albaugh said. “As leadership opportunities were offered to me, I accepted the challenges and learned from both my successes and my failures.”

Albaugh won the ACSA award as assistant superintendent of business services for rural Rescue Union School District and now serves in the same position at the 17,000-student Oxnard Union High School District.

Understanding school culture and instructional programs that lead to student success is invaluable in making good business decisions. When Albaugh is advocating for a new director of curriculum and instruction who can implement new standards, or focusing on class-size reduction even before it was required, or finding a way to provide emotional and social support for families through parenting classes, he draws on experience to connect with and fulfill the needs of the community he serves.

“The variety of roles and responsibilities I undertake on a daily and weekly basis energizes me beyond what I ever thought possible,” he said. “Moreover, knowing decisions you make with today’s limited resources will bring benefit to students through innovative curriculum, engaging classroom environments, clean and safe facilities, and sustainable budgets is highly rewarding.”

In RUSD, Albaugh was well-respected for his active engagement in the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan process, supporting all students by collaborating with teachers, classified staff, administrators, school board, community members and the students themselves to establish a vision for learning and teaching, as well as supporting desired outcomes of the plan.

His management responsibilities in RUSD also included overseeing food services, transportation, maintenance and operations, and facilities. In addition to supporting hiring and onboarding improvements, Albaugh was instrumental in collective bargaining negotiations. During the district’s technology implementation, he ensured infrastructure was sound and insisted on an equitable roll-out.

“As a school business leader, I am most proud of the leadership teams I have worked with during my career,” Albaugh said. “I can think of my time as a site leader at Central Valley High School in Shasta Lake, where our team helped create a school culture focused on academic success and student achievement. At Rescue Union School District, I was part of a team that brought cutting edge technology, innovative programs, and embarked on a new vision for facilities during my tenure. My future ambition is to continue to bring value, ideas, and to support great instruction at Oxnard Union High School District.”

Throughout his career, ACSA has provided professional development opportunities and a network of forward-thinking educators from whom to learn. He has participated in several academies and taken on leadership roles at the county, regional and state levels of ACSA.

“Although I am new to my current position, I will continue to reach out to my ACSA colleagues when I am confronted by new and unique challenges,” Albaugh said.

In reflecting on the theme of the 2017 Leadership Summit, “Leading Beyond Limits,” Albaugh said one of the most inspiring leaders in ACSA has been Darrien Johnson. As a colleague at RUSD, Johnson helped him to see how critical school leaders are in their districts.

“Darrien would emphasize the importance of school leaders being responsible to represent all students, including our neediest kids,” he said. “During sometimes contentious negotiations, we could always rely on Darrien to remind our team someone needed to be at the table on behalf of students. Even today, when my compass gets off ‘true north,’ I can get back on course when I make decisions I know are student-driven. Thanks, Darrien.”

All ACSA Administrators of the Year will be honored at the President’s Gala and Awards Celebration during Leadership Summit in San Jose, Nov. 3. To register, go to

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