Coatesville Area School District Receives Delaware Valley Association of School Business Officials Advocacy Award

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DOWNINGTOWN, PA — During the Delaware Valley Association of School Business Officials (DVASBO) regional conference, Coatesville Area School District’s Director of Business Administration, Lori Diefenderfer, received DVASBO’s Advocacy Award.

Originating in 2021, the DVASBO Advocacy award is sponsored by investment and financial advisory firm Kades-Margolis and recognizes one school or intermediate unit business professional from Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties for their outstanding guidance and service to their school districts and the community. This year, the Chester County award winner was Lori Diefenderfer from Coatesville Area School District.

“Lori has a wealth of knowledge and experience with the Coatesville Area School District and always employs very refined technical skills and sound judgement. Along with the impact of the pandemic, the charter school funding system has created very daunting financial challenges for the school district. These and other factors pose significant challenges in terms of effectively managing limited resources to support the needs of the students,” said Joe Lubitsky, director of business administration at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU).

“Lori has consistently provided the school district board of directors and administration with accurate and timely data, financial projections and information on operations to help with decision making. She is actively engaged in facilities, maintenance, transportation, food services, school security and other aspects of the district’s operations. Lori also does not hesitate to extend support to her colleagues when they need help with an issue,” continued Lubitsky.

When asked how she feels about receiving the award, Diefenderfer said, “I am very honored to receive the Advocacy Award. I would not be where I am today without the support of my team here in the business office, the great mentors that have guided me along the way and my co-workers. I cannot put into words the profound impact that each of them has had on me. It is such an honor to work with them daily.”

As the DVASBO Advocacy Award recipient, Diefenderfer received a glass plaque in addition to a $250 donation on behalf of Kades-Margolis for Coatesville’s Community Education Foundation.

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