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Finance Department Awarded for Excellence

The Caldwell County Schools finance department received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials International, a prestigious, annual recognition earned by the Finance Department for the past 19 years.

“Both awards represent the highest forms of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting,” said Donald Phipps, superintendent. “We are absolutely committed to fiscal responsibility as a crucial requirement of accountability and stability of federal, state and local dollars.”

The awards are judged by an impartial panel to meet the standards of the program, including the demonstration of the “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate an organization’s financial story.

“Financial awards of this caliber indicate that fiscal management practices are not only sound and responsible but also exceed the standard practice in a government agency,” Phipps said.

The Board of Education recognized the district’s finance department at the School Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 13. Those recognized included David Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Financial Services and team members Sara Smith, Internal Auditor; Leslie Williams, Payroll Deduction Specialist; Linda Young, Payroll Specialist; Jamie Setzer, Accounts Payable Specialist; Lindsay Matthews, Accounts Payable Specialist and Michelle Brittain, Purchasing Specialist.

“These awards reflect our commitment at every level, from school bookkeepers to administrators to the central office,” Johnson said. “Each year it’s a team effort, and we are committed each year to the highest standards of excellence.”