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WHEREAS, the Alabama Association of School Business Officials (AASBO) has established an annual award bearing the name Robert L. Morton Award in honor of the man who served as Assistant State Superintendent of the Alabama State Department of Education's Division of Administrative and Financial Services; and

WHEREAS, Robert L. Morton dedicated his life to distinguished service to America, the state of Alabama, and its children through serving in pivotal roles in the field of education including teacher, coach, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent; and

WHEREAS, AASBO seeks to recognize, through this award, the dedication that individuals bring to their communities, their profession, and their school system in everyday life by identifying school business officials devoted to going above and beyond, both in their positions and in serving their communities; and

WHEREAS, these individuals try to make a difference in the lives of their peers and subordinates and have set new standards for themselves and their colleagues in their profession; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Karen Lusk-Smith has shown leadership, commitment and dedication to her job and community during her years of public service in public education and presently serves as the Chief School Financial Officer for the Mountain Brook City School System, a position she has held for 19 years; and

WHEREAS, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Special Honors in Accounting and Finance from Jacksonville State University and is a Certified Public Accountant, as well as a Certified Government Finance officer and has served on numerous state and legislative committees and currently chairs the mentor program through AASBO for new Chief School Financial Officers in the state; and

WHEREAS, her achievements made within her school system and her service provided to her peers, subordinates and community, and her stellar reputation with those who recommended her are noted; and

WHEREAS, AASBO considers Mrs. Karen Lusk-Smith worthy of recognition and acknowledgement for her honesty, integrity, work ethic, and consummate professionalism; and

WHEREAS, AASBO wishes to bestow upon Mrs. Karen Lusk-Smith the Robert L. Morton Award as this organization celebrates the best their profession of school business management has to offer; and

WHEREAS, the Alabama State Board of Education acknowledges the honor of receiving such a distinguished award and joins AASBO in applauding Mrs. Karen Lusk-Smith for such an accomplishment:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does, hereby, express its appreciation to Mrs. Karen Lusk-Smith for her dedicated and distinguished work in public service and with the Mountain Brook School System; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does hereby congratulate Mrs. Karen Lusk-Smith upon being named the recipient of the seventh Annual Robert L. Morton Award and wishes her continued success.

Done this 11TH day of June 2014