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Business and Fiscal Services Department Update

Cathy WeberCathy Weber, director for budget and SJCSD chief negotiator, was recently elected as president of the Florida Educational Negotiators (FEN) for the 2019-2020 school year. FEN is a statewide group that helps its members in assisting school boards in all matters regarding employment relations. Membership is comprised of chief negotiators and school board bargaining teams from school districts around the state. The organization meets five times per year in different counties and includes hosting a conference each spring. Meeting regularly allows for district updates on compensation and discussion on important negotiation topics along with incorporating educational trainings on new legislation and laws that may affect bargaining.

“Having served as a member of FEN since 2010 and serving on the SJCSD bargaining team since 2008, I am honored to have been elected as president by my peers and I look forward to serving this organization in their continued collaboration between those with negotiation experience and those new to the table,” Weber stated. “FEN will host its 40th annual conference this spring in Orlando which promises to be FEN-tastic!”

Dawn PoseyDawn Posey, director of accounting and payroll, was a presenter at the September Institute of Florida School Finance (IFSF) training held in Orlando. Mrs. Posey shared her expertise with those in attendance on the topic of Accounting for Debt Service. The institute, operated by the Florida School Finance Officers’ Association, offers intensive two-day trainings to school district finance staff from across the state. Currently, three St. Johns County School District employees–Cathy Weber, director for budget, Amy Snodgrass, senior accountant, and Idelle Rodriguez, budget facilitator—are enrolled.

Business and Fiscal Services Update – February 2019

This update comes with the sincere gratitude of the School Board, Superintendent and the entire district as the Business and Fiscal Services Department announces the retirement of Mr. Darrell Colee, budget director, and welcomes Mrs. Cathy Weber to that role.

Mr. Colee has guided the district’s budget for almost four decades, beginning in April 1984 as a finance accountant. When he started, St. Johns County School District operated just 15 schools serving about 8,500 students. Beginning teachers’ salaries were $15,600, and the district had a total of 1,173 employees. Today our schools total 40 with over 42,000 students, 5,000 employees and our county continues to grow.

Mrs. Weber has served the students and staff of St. Johns County since March 2000. She began her career here as a certification specialist and currently serves as director of salaries and benefits and as chief negotiator for our district.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Colee and Mrs. Weber and wishing them both the very best in the years to come.

SOUPer Bowl

This year’s SOUPer Bowl, an annual event created by Allen D. Nease High School students to raise awareness of student hunger in St. Johns County, saw four of our very own Food and Nutrition Services managers — Kathleen Damiano, Marie LaMarre, Yasmin Taylor and Teresa Spengler-Butrimas — volunteering for this worthwhile cause.  In addition, the Palencia Elementary School Culinary and Garden Club, sponsored by Ms. Damiano, entered a delightful “Chicken Tortellini Soup” for all to enjoy!

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