Business & Finance Department
Assistant Superintendent for Business and Employee Services
Jill Tomyn, Executive Director of Business and Finance
Michael Sturm, Executive Director of Human Resources
Chuck O'Connor, Executive Director of Pupil Services
John Graham, Executive Director of Information Technology
Jeff Henderson, Director of Purchasing Services & Risk Management
Evelyn Bihl, Controller
Cynthia Wals, Director of Employee Benefits and Reporting
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.
District Budget Updates
UCS 2013-2014 budget promotes
“stability for students and families”
Utica Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a $266 million budget that will provide program stability for students and families and continued support for the district’s K-12 curriculum improvements.
The budget, approved at the Board’s June 10 meeting, is described by district officials as a “maintenance” budget that provides continuity in UCS services.
“Thanks to the hard work of this Board of Education and administration, the programs and staff we have in our classrooms will be maintained for students during the next school year,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “This will provide stability for our students and families.”
Dr. Johns also said the budget allows the district to move forward with implementing a rigorous curriculum.
“The approved budget maintains our focus on developing skills in our students to solve problems and develop different pathways to learning,” she said. “We remain committed to changes that will give UCS graduates the competitive edge in a global society and an evolving job market.”
The budget will support the district’s instructional mission in a number of key ways by:
- Providing continued focus on career and college readiness programs, such as the University of Michigan-Flint partnership, Advance Placement and Early College-Dual Enrollment.
- Establishing consistent instructional levels, including overall maintenance of class size levels within established guidelines.
- Maintaining current programs and services, including extra-curricular offerings, specialty programs and English Language Learners and special education services.
- Supporting district-wide teaching and learning initiatives, such as further technology implementation, digital content for elementary math, science, and media modules, an expansion of a blended learning model into first grade and resources for identified K-12 focus schools.
The district’s budget process will continue to focus on cost containment, the strategic use of General Fund Equity reserves and necessary budget adjustments.
Board of Education President Dr. Carol Klenow said that the district will continue to focus on long-range financial planning to ensure future student success.
“This Board will continue to make the necessary adjustments because we care about what happens five and ten years down the road,” Dr. Klenow said.
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