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Santa Cruz Valley Unified business office receives award for 15th year


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  • Carol Cullen/Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35

Santa Cruz Unified Business Office

For the 15th consecutive year, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35’s Business Office has received the Association of School Business Officials International’s (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability.

For the last 13 years, the Business Office has been led by Isela Brown, Business Manager. The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2014.

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From left to right: Santa Cruz Unified School District’s Business Office members hold plaques representing 15 years of COE awards: Cliff Marsom (Fixed Assets), Luz Valdez (Food Services), Maribel Aguilar (Student Activities), Lourdes Ocampo (Purchasing/Grants), Blanca Lizarraga (Accounting Specialist), Isela Brown (Business Manager), Ray De La Cruz (Shipping & Receiving), Susana Salgado (Accounts Payable).

The certificate assures constituents that the school district has been a good steward of their public funds, and strengthens a district’s ability to achieve the best possible bond rating.

“This award is given to Ms. Brown and her team,” said SCVUSD Superintendent David Verdugo at a recent SCVUSD Governing Board Meeting.  “Under her leadership the district continues to be successful and fiscally responsible.  I’d like to thank Ms. Brown and her team.”

“Everyone who owns a business knows the value of accounting,” said Governing Board Member Brian Vandervoet.  “Sometimes [the department] is ‘subsurface’ – you don’t see it, but without it and without a good accounting system your business is dead. Thank you, Ms. Brown, for all you and your department do for the school district.”

“You have always done such an awesome job for the school district,” said Governing Board Member Rosie Simpson as she acknowledged Brown’s years of service to the district.  “Your dedication is amazing.  I truly appreciate everything that you and your team do for the school district.”

For more information on the COE award, visit Arizona Association of School Business Officials Website: www.asbointl.org/COE.

Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 is a growing, dynamic school district covering approximately 267 square miles. The district operates six schools. Approximately 3,330 students are enrolled during the 2014-2015 school year.

For more information, please contact Carol Cullen at Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 at 520-375-8285 or cCullen@santacruz.k12.az.us.