Business Services

The Business Services Division is made up of the following Departments:  Fiscal Services and Student Information Systems. The Division provides the proper budget management, resources, and physical environment that support the District.

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Bryan Richards

Chief Business Official

Since 2014, Bryan Richards has served as Chief Business Official for the Newark Unified School District, bringing over 30 years of experience in spearheading business and financial services in school districts and public agencies throughout the country. His current responsibilities include overseeing all business services for the district, management of the district’s Budget & Fiscal Services, Internal Audit, Purchasing, Warehousing, Reprographics, Child Nutrition, Facilities, Maintenance, Operations, Transportation and Risk Management functions. Prior to joining the District, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, overseeing all financial services, management of District investments and debt issuance, development of the District’s budget, and management of fiscal compliance for Federal and State categorical programs. Mr. Richards holds an Associate in Arts degrees in Business Administration and Accounting with highest honors from Chabot College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude, in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He also completed a Chief Business Officials postgraduate certificate program from the University of California, Riverside Extension.

Since 2014, Bryan Richards has served as Chief Business Official for the Newark Unified School District, bringing over 30 years of experience in spearheading business and financial services in school districts and public agencies throughout the country.

His current responsibilities include overseeing all business services for the district, management of the district’s Budget & Fiscal Services, Internal Audit, Purchasing, Warehousing, Reprographics, Child Nutrition, Facilities, Maintenance, Operations, Transportation and Risk Management functions.

Prior to joining the District, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, overseeing all financial services, management of District investments and debt issuance, development of the District’s budget, and management of fiscal compliance for Federal and State categorical programs.

Mr. Richards holds an Associate in Arts degrees in Business Administration and Accounting with highest honors from Chabot College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude, in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He also completed a Chief Business Officials postgraduate certificate program from the University of California, Riverside Extension.

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Sarah Wilson

Administrative Assistant

Administrative support to the Chief Business Official; contracts/agreements; facility use permits; developer fees; risk management; insurance; archives

Administrative support to the Chief Business Official; contracts/agreements; facility use permits; developer fees; risk management; insurance; archives

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Kim Lola

Director of Fiscal Services

Oversees business services department; budget; purchasing; payroll; bank reconciliation; accounts payable; journal and cash transfers

Oversees business services department; budget; purchasing; payroll; bank reconciliation; accounts payable; journal and cash transfers

Carol McElhaney

Budget & Position Manager

Oversees payroll and position control

Oversees payroll and position control

Liz Cesco

District Accountant

Pupil attendance accounting; benefits accounting; retiree benefits; general accounting functions

Pupil attendance accounting; benefits accounting; retiree benefits; general accounting functions

Stella Sung

Account Technician (Accounts Receivable)

Deposits; donations; cash receipts; utilities accounting; purchasing requisition review/approval

Deposits; donations; cash receipts; utilities accounting; purchasing requisition review/approval

Jayne Billmann

Account Technician (Accounts Payable)

Pays vendor warrants; check requests; reimbursements; petty cash

Pays vendor warrants; check requests; reimbursements; petty cash

David Mellons

Software Support Specialist

Student Information Systems; CALPADS reporting

Student Information Systems; CALPADS reporting

Mary Grundmann

Payroll Technician

Payroll for employee last names starting with L - Z

Payroll for employee last names starting with L – Z

Kathi Cyphers

Payroll Technician

Payroll for employee last names starting with A - K

Payroll for employee last names starting with A – K