The Business/Finance Department performs the following functions in support of District operations:
- Coordinates the development of District budget to include forecasting enrollment, revenue and expenditures
- Records District financial transactions in accordance with Federal, State and District regulations
- Prepares monthly financial reports
- Oversees receipt and deposit of cash throughout the District
- Manages investment transactions through the Adams County Treasurer’s Office
- Provides fiscal reporting and other financial information to District, the Public and the State and Federal Agencies
- Provides grant accounting and reporting
- Issues payments to suppliers for goods and services, and to employees for reimbursement of travel and expense reimbursements
- Manages Accounts Receivable
- Acts as the District liaison to the Washington State Auditor’s Office
- Manages risk through the School Insurance Association of Washington (SIAW) insurance pool.
Additionally, the Finance Department coordinates an annual Employee Benefit Fair. Over twenty vendors and insurance providers attend. This event provides an excellent opportunity for staff to meet benefit providers, get questions answered and enter drawings for some great prizes.
Amy Suarez has lived in Othello her entire life and is an Othello High School Graduate. She grew up as a migrant student, making her k-12 education very challenging, but it inspired her to work hard. After receiving her certification in accounting from Trend Business College, she worked as an Executive Assistant for USDA/Farmer’s Home Administration for seven years. During her time there, she was able to help many low-income families from our community become first-time home buyers. She also assisted farmers in obtaining disaster relief loans. As part of a federal reorganization, the office closed down. Since relocating was not an option for her family, she went to work as a Personal/Investment Banker for Sterling Savings Bank. Amy’s career with the Othello School District began in 2008. For the past 13 years, Amy has been responsible for all duties required of the Fiscal Coordinator and became the Executive Director of Business Services in March 2021. Amy holds the “Certified School Business Specialist” in accounting through the Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO).