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  FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Finance

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CFO


Mail-icon.png Laura Smith

Chief Finance Officer
480-484-6124

Manages the district financial operations including implementing and maintaining fiscal and other assigned programs and services in conformance to district and state objectives. Analyzes short and long-term plans for the district and provides fiscal guidance and support. Develops budgets and financial forecasts and makes recommendations to administration. Implements accounting procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate records and internal controls. Monitors budgets and expenditures and state mandated reporting. Takes appropriate action to ensure compliance with established fiscal guidelines. Works with auditors and staff during the annual audit. Supervises Finance staff.  

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Mail-icon.png Shannon Crosier
Position Control & Budget Manager 
480-484-6221 

Assists CFO with budget preparation and revisions. Monitors and manages all levy funds. Responds to financial inquiries. Generates budget status reports and makes recommendations regarding budget to CFO. Provides training to sites and departments regarding budget monitoring and control and USFR compliance. Supervises position tracking for M&O staff. Provides assistance and training with reports. Maintains position control for all levy funds.

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Mail-icon.png Jenifer Pease
Student Activities Supervisor

480-484-6133

Supervises student activity/auxiliary staff and funds. Supports bookstore managers and site/district cashiers. Provides training and monitoring to ensure USFR compliance. Manages and reports tax credit information. Tracks positions in auxiliary funds. Provides accounting support and reconciliation for district intergovernmental agreement funds.

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Mail-icon.png Sue Godber
Accounting Asst. (Position Tracking)

480-484-6248

Reviews and approves ePars for funds 001, 011, 012, 013, 020, 596, and 954. Checks for correct coding and adequate budget capacity. Provides training and support to sites related to coding and account maintenance. Tracks positions paid through levy funds. Prepares correcting payroll journal entries for miscoded items. Manages Instructional Improvement Fund, and Erate Fund. Assists with utility expenditure tracking. Tracks Erate Bears, and Erate Reimbursement on an annual basis for audit purposes.


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Mail-icon.png Adam Rode
Accounting Asst. (On-line Requisitions)

480-484-6205

Reviews and approves on-line requisitions for funds 001 and 530. Checks for correct coding and adequate budget capacity. Provides training and support to sites related to coding and account maintenance. Prepares correcting journal entries for miscoded items. Manages gift funds. Tracks positions in gift funds. Completes board agenda items for Finance department. Oversees and manages district travel requests and procedures.

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 Heidi Frank
Activities/Auxiliary Accounting Specialists
480-484-6270

Reviews and approves student activity and auxiliary requisitions. Maintains accounts and monitors available cash. Processes and issues club purchase orders. Processes student related travel. Maintains general ledger information for student activities and auxiliary accounts. Manages tax credit accounts, reporting, and site trainings. Processes accounts payable for student activity and auxiliary accounts.

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Mail-icon.png Kathy Schultz
Activities/Auxiliary Accounting Specialists
480-484-6132

Reviews and approves student activity and auxiliary requisitions. Maintains accounts and monitors available cash. Processes and issues club purchase orders. Processes student related travel. Maintains general ledger information for student activities and auxiliary accounts. Manages tax credit accounts, reporting, and site trainings. Processes accounts payable for student activity and auxiliary accounts.


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 Blake Witten
Accounting Manager (Supervisor)

480-484-6135

Supervises activity within the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, capital projects (bond, building renewal, deficiencies funding) and the grants desk. Responsible for maintenance of fixed asset accounting and GASB 34 compliance. Supervises cash reconciliation with County Treasurer and preparation of the District’s Annual Financial Report. Works with auditors during annual financial audit. Works with Finance Director to develop controls and procedures to maintain compliance when needed. Manages funds 290, 630-639,685 & 690.

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 Janet Dembkowski
General Ledger Specialist

480-484-6222

Records cash receipts from County Treasurer. Completes monthly general ledger cash reconciliation with County Treasurer. Enters general journal entries into Cims and maintains general ledger accounts. Processes warrant stop payments. Creates chart of account code elements. Maintains accurate fund balance information. Reconciles the Finance department B-3. Processes lost book refund requests.

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 Linda Zasso
Grants/Community Education Accountant

480-484-6225

Manages all grants funds including budget, position tracking, and approval of requisitions. Reconciles funds and prepares all required reports including cash management and completion reports. Works with grant coordinators related to grant applications and amendments. Maintains financial compliance with state and federal statutes. Manages all Community School funds. Assists in development of Community School budgets and controls. Develops financial record keeping, reports and provides training to site or department individuals involved financially in the Community School programs. Tracks positions within the Community Schools program. Monitors financial aspects of Community Schools funds to ensure USFR compliance. Calculates and transfers indirect costs for grants.


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 Danusia Cole
Accounting Asst. (Capital/Fixed Assets)
480-484-6145

Prepares and maintains fixed asset information related to land and building improvements. Responsible for depreciation of assets related to GASB 34. Manages capital funds and approves on-line requisitions for funds 610, 620, 625, 630-639. Processes bond, building renewal, and deficiency correction accounts payables. Reviews and approves capital requisitions. Prepares cash deposits. Processes payments for fingerprints. Processes mileage reimbursement claims.

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Accounting Technicians (Accounts Payable)

Processes vendor invoices for payment while maintaining compliance with USFR requirements. Communicates with purchasing, vendors, and sites for the purpose of updating purchase orders and resolving discrepancies. Researches discrepancies when comparing to vendor statements. Resolves duplicate shipments and payment disputes. Expedites payments to vendors to maintain acceptable accounts payable turnover time lines. Follows through on District procedures related to “after the fact” invoices.

Mail-icon.png Mauvia MorenoPays Vendors A - F, 480-484-6125 
Mail-icon.png Lisa RomansPays Vendors G-O, 480-484-6107 
Mail-icon.png Rafaela VittonePays Vendors P - Z480-484-6109


PAYROLL


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Payroll Services is responsible for producing a biweekly payroll for employees paid by multiple data. Contractual agreements, time slips, and/or an automated substitute system can generate this data. Additionally, Payroll Services is responsible for posting and maintaining attendance information for classified, certified, and administrative personnel.

Payroll Services partners closely with the Finance and Human Resource departments to ensure that budget lines are charged appropriately. We are also considered a resource department for Directors and other administrators who closely monitor budgets.

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Kris Costanzo
480-484-6130

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Chris Baker

480-484-6134

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Jennifer Pleasant

480-484-6138  

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Rebecca Pettit

480-484-6108

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Linda Wilson

480-484-6137