What we do

computerwithgraphs96x96Fiscal services oversees the financial operations of the district, working to maximize the resources available to support student learning. Our department includes accounting, budget, finance, risk management, payroll and purchasing.

The accounting department is responsible for annual state reporting, general ledger accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and cash receipts including the associated student body. In addition, the accounting staff manages cash and investments, the procurement card program and the financial and insurance reporting processes.

The accounting staff also administers risk management processes. Vancouver Public Schools belongs to a member-owned and -directed property and liability insurance pooling program for Washington school districts.

Accounts payable
Jennifer Burleson (jennifer.burleson@vansd.org), general fund (A-L)

Pam Westerman (pamela.westerman@vansd.org), general fund (M-Z)

Lynn Sandor, Associated Student Body

Accounting specialists
Lily Peterson, purchase cards, revenue, sales/use tax

Budget and grant compliance staff members assist in the preparation of the district’s general fund budget and provide ongoing analysis throughout the year. Staff members oversee grants from initial approval to close from all sources such as Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction iGrants, outside grantors and contracts. Additionally, staff members facilitate the prudent expenditure of district funds through ongoing reporting and claims to OSPI.

Amy Karcher, budget and grants manager

Heidi Shultz, budget analyst, grants and special programs

Kris Kaufman, budget analyst and enrollment

Payroll staff members work with the human resources department. They verify individual contract calendars, special circumstances, leave and benefits. They report earnings to the retirement systems, report and pay all payroll taxes in compliance with federal and state laws and assist staff who are preparing for retirement or departing the district for other reasons. In addition, the payroll department processes all monthly pay, which includes all time sheets for substitutes, temporary employees, hourly employees, certificated supplemental contracts and TRI, as well as all who are paid on annual contracts.

Phone: 360-313-1220
Fax: 360-313-1221

Jennifer Andrieu, payroll manager

Jennifer Sherington, senior payroll specialist

Janet Hogan, senior payroll specialist

Karen Schnelle, payroll specialist

Cher Starkel, payroll specialist

Melissa Young, payroll specialist

Teri Musa-Jones, HR benefits/payroll specialist

The purchasing department oversees the acquisition of goods and services as required to support district operations. The areas of responsibility include purchase orders, bid and quote management, inventory and contracted services.

Phone: 360-313-1245
Fax: 360-313-1241

David Hurt, purchasing manager
Sandi Marsh, secretary

Lori Huffman, fiscal clerk

Patricia Chi, fiscal clerk



Brett BlechschmidtChief financial officer
Julie McGeeAdministrative assistant