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The district Finance Department acts as a steward of resources, ensuring their responsible and effective use to create a strong foundation for student success. Their accurate and efficient work ensures that employees get paid, bills are settled promptly, and the school system has the financial resources it needs to function effectively. This allows for a smooth learning environment for students and teachers alike.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Fiscal Responsibility and Sustainability:
    • Accurate budgeting and forecasting: Predicting future financial needs, income, and expenses to guide resource allocation and avoid deficits.
    • Compliance with regulations: Adhering to state and federal financial regulations for public schools, ensuring accountability and transparency.
    • Maximizing resource allocation: Efficiently allocating funds to prioritize student learning, maintain facilities, and support staff, without exceeding the budget.

  • Streamlined Operations and Efficiency:
    • Effective payroll management: Ensuring timely and accurate payroll processing for all school staff.
    • Managing accounts receivable and payable: Efficiently collecting owed funds and paying bills promptly, maintaining positive cash flow and vendor relationships.
    • Optimizing procurement: Purchasing necessary goods and services at competitive prices, negotiating deals, and managing contracts.

  • Strategic Grant Management:
    • Securing and managing grant funding: Managing awarded funds, and adhering to donor requirements.
    • Ensuring grant compliance and reporting: Maintaining accurate records and fulfilling reporting obligations to grantors.

  • Transparency and Accountability:
    • Providing accessible financial information: Making budgets, expense reports, and other financial data readily available to stakeholders, including parents, teachers, and the community.
    • Communicating financial decisions: Explaining budget priorities, spending allocations, and grant utilization to build trust and understanding.
    • Holding themselves accountable: Demonstrating integrity and ethical practices in all financial management activities.

  • Supporting Equity and Educational Excellence:
    • Allocating resources equitably: Ensuring that all students, regardless of background or need, have access to the resources they need to succeed.
    • Funding innovative educational programs: Supporting initiatives that enhance learning opportunities and cater to diverse student needs.
    • Investing in professional development: Providing necessary resources for teachers and staff to continuously improve their skills and enhance student learning.

To submit a general quote or price list: [email protected] 

Finance Director
Phone: (615) 446-7571 ext 12000

Payroll, ext. 12100

Assistant Payroll, ext. 12200

Benefits, ext. 11800

Accounts Payable, ext. 12300 

Purchasing, ext. 12500

Valerie Underhill
Federal projects, ext. 12600 

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