Cranford School Business Administrator Receives Distinguished Service Award

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Cranford School District Business Administrator (BA)/Board Secretary Robert Carfagno, center, accepts a Distinguished Service Award from New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO). Presenting the award are NJASBO Immediate Past President Anthony Dragona, left, and Executive Director, John Donahue.

Cranford School District Business Administrator (BA)/Board Secretary Robert Carfagno, center, accepts a Distinguished Service Award from New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO). Presenting the award are NJASBO Immediate Past President Anthony Dragona, left, and Executive Director, John Donahue.

CRANFORD – Cranford School District Business Administrator (BA)/Board Secretary Robert Carfagno, has been honored by the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) with a Distinguished Service Award for his long-term, continuous exemplary service. The award was announced at the association’s annual conference.

Carfagno has served as business administrator for the Cranford School District since 1999. Before joining the district, he was an auditor for Hodulik and Morrison, P.A. for 13 years, specializing in audits of school districts and local government agencies throughout the state.

In nominating Carfagno for the Distinguished Service Award, Cranford Board of Education Member Mary Catherine Sudiak noted the challenges Carfagno faced in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011.

“It is extremely difficult to describe the adeptness with which Mr. Carfagno handled the situation. His leadership enabled the remediation of the high school within days so as to limit the impact on the opening of school for the district.” Sudiak added, “Mr. Carfagno has the complete trust of the Board. He is the consummate professional and his integrity is impeccable.”

As recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, Carfagno had the honor of presenting a $1,000 scholarship in his name to Robert Mullen, Cranford High School Class of 2012.

Carfagno earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Monmouth University. He is a certified public accountant, registered municipal accountant, public school accountant and Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA).

In addition to being a member of NJASBO, Carfagno also is vice-president of the Union County ASBO. He also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Carfagno resides in Woodbridge with his wife, Lisa and their twins, Jennifer and Michael who attend Woodbridge High School.

The New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) is a professional association that promotes the highest standards of ethics and efficiency, provides its membership with professional development and support, and collaborates with entities that affect public education. The organization is comprised of individuals who administer or supervise a variety of operations within the school district. Examples include accounting, budgeting, data processing, environmental issues, food service management, maintenance, negotiations, payroll, purchasing and transportation.


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