Business Services Department
Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
Jill Tomyn, Executive Director of Business and Finance
Steve Bernier, Executive Director of Pupil Services
John Graham, Executive Director of Information Technology
Todd Daniels, Director of Technology
Jeff Henderson, Director of Purchasing Services & Risk Management
Evelyn Bihl, Controller
Robert Brady, Director of Food Services
The UCS Department of Business and Finance is responsible for investments, overall cash management of district funds and budgets. Each year, the department creates an annual operating budget and presents it to the Board of Education for approval each June. Amendments are made in February and finalized the following June.
Business and Finance also has departmental supervision of Accounting, Budget & Finance, Food Service, Internal Audit, Payroll, and Purchasing.
Utica Community Schools receives A+
for financial stewardship, transparency
Utica Community Schools (UCS) received high marks from its auditing firm for overall fiscal responsibility and transparency in its recently-released fiscal audit.
“Our recent audit of Utica Community Schools confirmed the district’s commitment to the highest levels of transparency,” said Donna Hanson, CPA and partner in the auditing firm of Plante Moran. “UCS should be commended for their proven track record of responsible management of taxpayer funds and their dedication to educational excellence.”
The audit was presented to the Board of Education at its October 27 meeting. Auditors noted that the audit presented was “unmodified” – representing the report’s adherence to accepted accounting principles and focus on accuracy and detail.
“Utica Community Schools is proud of our record of fiscal responsibility—maintaining high-quality education for our students while ensuring every dollar of taxpayer funds is spent effectively and responsibly,” said Board of Education president Dr. Carol Klenow. “This latest audit demonstrates the district’s leadership in maintaining the best schools in the nation while balancing our budget during challenging economic times.”
For the third year in a row, UCS has followed the rigorous Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) reporting process to promote greater levels of reliability and use for financial reports.
The reporting process resulted in Utica Community Schools being awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO).
“The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report process promotes a greater level of reliability and use for financial reports,” said Board treasurer Dr. Robert A. Ross. “This process increases our reporting standards and ensures a high level of fiscal accountability.”
A complete copy of the audit and a video presentation are available on the district’s website at http://www.uticak12.org.
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