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Mary Boege chosen for Professional Leadership Award

April 30, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Mary Boege, South Tama School District business manager, was the recipient of a special award from her peers Tuesday night, April 23, during the school board meeting.

Denelle Gonnerman, president elect of the Iowa Association of School Business Officials and Nancy Blow, the organization's executive director, presented Boege the Professional Leadership Award.

Boege was selected for the honor "for her service to the school districts, the communities and the profession," Gonnerman said. "She started in 1984 when there were no computers, everything was done by hand, even writing the checks," Gonnerman said.

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South Tama Schools Business Manager Mary Boege (center) was honored during the school board meeting on Tuesday, April 23, with the Professional leadership Award from the Iowa Association of School Business Officials. Making the presentation were Nancy Blow, the organization’s executive director, (left) and Denelle Gonnerman, president elect of the organization. News-Herald/John Speer

Excerpts from praise Boege received from associates she has mentored were recounted by Gonnerman to include from "valuing her input" to being loyal, helpful, hardworking and a positive re enforcement."

Boege was also cited for her volunteer work and dedication to the communities where she has worked including the Garwin Ambulance Service.

In addition to the recognition, Boege was presented with a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a South Tama High School graduating senior this year.

STC Superintendent Jared Smith said, "For a first year superintendent, she has been very helpful." He noted, although he had been a math teacher Boege was invaluable in the field of school finances to him.

He also said Boege's leadership has guided the district out of "some tough financial times" after she assumed the position.

Boege began work for South Tama schools on Jan.2, 2013.She served from 1994-98 as the Garwin Public Schools and as Green Mountain-Garwin business manager following consolidation. After a stint as an office manager for a doctor's office in Marshalltown, she was business manager for Perry schools for one year and spent nine years as the Grundy Center School District business manager.

She received a business degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.



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