Worked in Banking for 10 years before moving to the Educational Accounting field.
Began Educational Experience in IL. Employed with the Calhoun-Greene-Jersey-Macoupin Regional Office of Education in January, 1989, as a bookkeeper. The ROE is the liaison between the State Board of Education and school districts. Disbursed money to 14 school districts, handled 25 grants, full accounting duties, worked with Teacher Certification and administer GED exams.
Moved to the East Alton Elementary School District, East Alton, IL, as Business Manager/Treasurer. Responsible for all accounting functions from budget, payroll and accounts payable. “A one man show”
From there was employed with the Brentwood School District in MO, in 2002 as the Director of Accounting. Over saw all accounting functions and budgeting. Implemented a new software package within the first 6 months of employment. Also served as School Board Member and Treasurer in my home town in IL. During the tenure as a School Board member, the bookkeeper abruptly resign the position at the school and the superintendent was new coming in from employment in a MO school district. Until a replacement was employed and trained, I would work evenings and weekends completing payroll, paying bills, and building a budget while working during the day at Brentwood.
Employed at Wentzville School District in 2006 as Director of Accounting. The district was projected to end the year at 3% balances. Carefully monitored spending and rearranged the payroll department. Assisted in improving the flow of information from Human Resources to Payroll. Implemented time keeping system and monitored overtime; Bank recs were not being performed. Built processes to allow timely reconciliation. The District realized 15% balance at the end of my first year of employment and 19% the second.
Moved to School District of Washington in 2008 at Chief Financial Officer.
Organize and administer the District’s business affairs; Develops and implements financial plans of action that assure compliance with district regulations and procedures, as well as State and Federal law; Coordinates with the Superintendent the development and implementation of an approved five-year financial plan; Assures that all bidding and business affairs are conducted in a legal and professional manner; Responsible for development and implementation of comprehensive plans for Pupil Transportation, Procurement, Food Service Operations, and Business Services; Manages the investment of District funds in a prudent manner that ensures maximum returns; Meets periodically with appropriate staff to review the status of the budget; Facilitates meetings with the Finance Committee, Audit Committee, and Public Building Corp; Assists in selection of architects and engineers to develop District new construction and remodeling plans to ensure capital needs can be financed, furnished and maintained. Shall supervise purchasing and see that quotes, bids and RFP’s are prepared and released according to State Statutes and District Policy; Ensures that all business related contracts are fulfilled; Oversees the contracted services relevant to the business of the district; Oversees audit process and recommendations and procedures for improvement; Implements and monitors budget; Meets and confers monthly (and when otherwise necessary)with surrounding district business officials; Monitors financial software updates and procedures
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