Julie Novak Leads TASBO as 2019-20 Board President

Sam Houston ISD Chief Financial Officer Sworn-In at Annual Conference
Pictured left to right are Assistant Superintendent for Business at Harlandale ISD, Richard Hernandez; Ft. Sam Houston Superintendent, Dr. Gary Bates; Principal for Robert G. Cole Middle School and High School, Dr. Isabell Clayton; Julie Novak, Charles Novak, Sarah Franklin, Matt Franklin, Jeralyn Novak and Ryan Novak. CONTRIBUTED

Pictured left to right are Assistant Superintendent for Business at Harlandale ISD, Richard Hernandez; Ft. Sam Houston Superintendent, Dr. Gary Bates; Principal for Robert G. Cole Middle School and High School, Dr. Isabell Clayton; Julie Novak, Charles Novak, Sarah Franklin, Matt Franklin, Jeralyn Novak and Ryan Novak. CONTRIBUTED

TASBO has named Sam Houston ISD Chief Financial Officer Julie Novak as its President of its 2019-20 Board of Directors. Novak succeeds Fort Worth ISD’s Jonathan Bey in the position, which she assumed at the TASBO Leadership Dinner in San Antonio.

TASBO members first elected Novak to its board of directors in 2013, then elected her as Vice President in 2017. TASBO adopts an officer succession structure, so Novak served as President-Elect before ascending to the President position.

Novak has been a member of TASBO since 1997 and has been an active member, presenting at conferences, and serving on committees. She also served as President of the Alamo Area ASBO Affiliate.

“We are so fortunate to have leaders like Julie Novak at the helm,” said TASBO Executive Director Tracy Ginsburg. “She exemplifies what is great about public education and our members are proud to have her as our President.”

After working for the accounting firm Thompson, Williams, Biediger, Kastor, and Young Accounting, Novak has worked for school districts for more than 20 years. She has worked around San Antonio in Harlandale ISD, Poteet ISD and San Antonio ISD before assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer at Fort Sam Houston ISD.

Pictured are Julie Novak’s family left to right: Matt and Sarah Franklin, Julie and Charles Novak, Jeralyn and Ryan Novak. CONTRIBUTED

Pictured are Julie Novak’s family left to right: Matt and Sarah Franklin, Julie and Charles Novak, Jeralyn and Ryan Novak. CONTRIBUTED

“Although I am not on the front lines in the classroom, I count myself as fortunate to be a colleague of those of us who provide the necessary behind-thescenes resources and services for students and educators,” said Novak. “We serve our school districts best when we remember that the interests of the students should guide our professional decisions.”

TASBO has a legacy of supporting Texas schools. According to TASBO, a well-run school district will ensure that the maximum amount of resources are placed in the classroom. The Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) continues a tradition of supporting K-12 schools and their business and operations professionals. An independent, not-for-profit professional association, TASBO is dedicated to being the trusted resource for school finance and operations in Texas.

Julie and her husband, Charles have resided outside of Pleasanton, on their family farm in Black Hill since they married in 1984. Julie is active in the Black Hill Community and also in Pleasanton, where she serves as Lecturer and Eucharistic Minister at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and helps plan their annual picnic and turkey dinner.

She is also active with Pleasanton Young Farmers – helping at their annual rodeo and equipment auction; the St. Andrew’s Cemetery Association; and CatholicLife Insurance. She is a supporter of all things family, church, education, and agriculture.

Julie’s family includes: son, daughter-in-law and (new) granddaughter: Ryan, Jeralyn, and Clara Novak. Charles and Ryan farm together outside of Pleasanton. Jeralyn is the Communications Coordinator for Beefmaster Breeders United. According to her Aunt Sarah, Clara is a cute-as-can-be two-month old precious one. Sarah is branch manager for Texas Farm Credit in Pleasanton and is married to Matt Franklin, an attorney in Pleasanton.

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