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NEWS RELEASES 2008-09 :: APRIL 6, 2009

LOCAL FINANCE OFFICERS RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING FISCAL ACHIEVEMENTS

State Board of Education members last week recognized and congratulated 63 local school finance officers for their outstanding fiscal achievements. The finance officers received their awards during a luncheon held at the NC Department of Public Instruction.

NCDPI School Business Services Director Paul LeSieur applauded the hard work of public school finance officers across the state. "Their work provides the foundation for assuring that public schools have the resources to operate effectively," LeSieur said.

The majority of finance officers received recognition in one of the following three categories. (Recipients are noted in the attachment.)

  • State Board of Education Recognition of Achievement in Financial Resource Management. This award is presented annually to finance officers of those districts with no audit exceptions for certified personnel paid from state or federal funds, and no position or months of employment allotment exceptions. This represents a combination of the abilities at the LEAs, and the success of our pilot programs to train units for greater local control over their salary administration.
  • Association of School Business Officials Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. This national award is given annually to finance officers who have voluntarily submitted their school system's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for review. The ASBO Panel of Review presents this award for those CAFRs which meet or exceed ASBO Standards. A district earning the Certificate of Excellence receives not only the award, but enhanced credibility for the financial management of its school system.
  • Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Certificate Program, which was established in 1945, is designed to recognize and encourage excellence in financial reporting by state and local governments. This award is given annually to finance officers who submitted their CAFR to the Government Finance Officers Association panel, which reviews the submission for quality. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.
LeSieur also noted that the following 10 finance officers received all three awards: Mary Parker (Buncombe County Schools), Timothy Amos (Asheville City Schools), Sondra Wolfe (Catawba County Schools), Kathy Isenhour (Hickory City Schools), Cheryl Lutz (Newton-Conover City Schools), David Clifton (Craven County Schools), Tammy Howington (Lee County Schools), Michael Cowin (Pitt County Schools), David Wise (Rockingham County Schools) and Bill Josey (Stanly County Schools).

For more information, please contact the NCDPI Communications Division at 919.807.3450.

North Carolina State Board of Education Recognition of Achievement in Financial Resource Management for FY 2007-2008

Sandra Tinsley, Alamance-Burlington Schools
Sharon Mehaffey, Alexander County Schools
Holly Berry, Anson County Schools
Phyllis Yates, Ashe County Schools
Jeff Jaynes, Avery County Schools
Laurie Modlin, Beaufort County Schools
Mary Parker, Buncombe County Schools
Timothy Amos, Asheville City Schools
Kelly Kluttz, Cabarrus County Schools
Kim McVey, Caswell County Schools
Sondra Wolfe, Catawba County Schools
Kathy Isenhour, Hickory City Schools
Kathy Carswell, Newton-Conover City Schools
David Clifton, Craven County Schools
Pam Sink, Davidson County Schools
Russ Eagle, Lexington City Schools
Deborah Smink, Davie County Schools
Carolyn Olivarez, Duplin County Schools
Fred Carter, Franklin County Schools
Thomas Greene, Graham County Schools
Barbara White, Roanoke Rapids City Schools
Larry Smith, Haywood County Schools


Kerry Shannon, Henderson County Schools
Cynthia Martin, Hertford County Schools
Melissa Wike, Iredell-Statesville Schools
David Steinbicker, Jackson County Schools
Tammy Howington, Lee County Schools
Kathy Johnson, Montgomery County Schools
Jeff Squires, Nash-Rocky Mount Schools
Frances Hammer, Perquimans County Schools
Michael Cowin, Pitt County Schools
David Wise, Rockingham County Schools
Tara Trexler, Rowan-Salisbury Schools
Sharon Hales, Scotland County Schools
Bill Josey, Stanly County Schools
Lanette Moore, Stokes County Schools
Wanda Mitchell, Surry County Schools
Jan Zachary, Elkin City Schools
Gail Cox, Mount Airy City Schools
Robin Vick, Tyrrell County Schools
Dan Karpinski, Union County Schools
David Johnson, Wilkes County Schools
Gale Hill, Yadkin County Schools
Robbie Renfro, Yancey County Schools

Association of School Business Officials Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for FY 2006-07

Freyja Cahill, Brunswick County Schools
Mary Parker, Buncombe County Schools
Timothy Amos, Asheville City Schools
Karla Miller, Caldwell County Schools
W.J. Ipock, Carteret County Schools
Sondra Wolfe, Catawba County Schools
Kathy Isenhour, Hickory City Schools
Kathy Carswell, Newton-Conover City Schools
David Clifton, Craven County Schools
Ricky Lopes, Cumberland County Schools
Ray Huff, Durham Public Schools
Mary Jo Lindquist, Gaston County Schools
Sharon Ozment, Guilford County Schools


Robert Troutman, Harnett County Schools
Tammy Howington, Lee County Schools
Steve Zickefoose, Lincoln County Schools
Shelia Shirley, Mecklenburg County Schools
Mary Hazel Small, New Hanover County Schools
Jeffrey Hollamon, Onslow County Schools
Pat Harris, Orange County Schools
Ruby Pittman, Chapel-Hill/Carrboro City Schools
Michael Cowin, Pitt County Schools
David Wise, Rockingham County Schools
Terry Haas, Rutherford County Schools
Bill Josey, Stanly County Schools
Mark Winters, Wake County Schools

Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for FY 2006-07

Freyja Cahill, Brunswick County Schools
Mary Parker, Buncombe County Schools
Timothy Amos, Asheville City Schools
Karla Miller, Caldwell County Schools
W.J. Ipock, Carteret County Schools
Sondra Wolfe, Catawba County Schools
Kathy Isenhour, Hickory City Schools
Kathy Caswell, Newton-Conover City Schools
David Clifton, Craven County Schools
Ricky Lopes, Cumberland County Schools
Kelly McClellan, Currituck County Schools
Ray Huff, Durham Public Schools
Mary Jo Lindquist, Gaston County Schools


Sharon Ozment, Guilford County Schools
Robert Troutman, Harnett County Schools
Tammy Howington, Lee County Schools
Shelia Shirley, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Mary Hazel Small, New Hanover County Schools
Jeffrey Hollamon, Onslow County Schools
Pat Harris, Orange County Schools
Ruby Pittman, Chapel-Hill/Carrboro City Schools
Michael Cowin, Pitt County Schools
David Wise, Rockingham County Schools
Bill Josey, Stanly County Schools
Dan Karpinski, Union County Schools
Rudi Ligon, Vance County Schools
Mark Winters, Wake County Schools

 

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.