RSS appoints new leadership for neighboring towns’ finance department – Reuters

SALISBURY – Rowan-Salisbury Schools has appointed three people to head its finance department.

Faith Lambeth will serve as the district’s new chief financial officer, Kimberly Saunders will become director of payroll and longtime district employee Pam York has been promoted to executive director of finance.

The appointment of all three was approved by the RSS Board of Education on Monday afternoon, on the recommendation of Superintendent Tony Watlington. The board met in camera prior to the appointments.

Lambeth is currently the Assistant Director of Finance for Iredell-Statesville Schools and prior to working in education finance she was a senior accountant for the Mooresville Ladd Robbins firm and an accountant for the Statesville firm Norris, Stewart and Ralston.

She holds an associate degree from Mitchell Community College as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Gardner-Webb University.

Lambeth made the leap into public finance in January 2021. She said post-government accounting still interested her and after years of working through stressful tax seasons in the private sector, she decided to give it a shot. the shot.

“I love it,” Lambeth said.

Lambeth said she spent time as a child in Salisbury, although the family moved to a few towns as she grew up.

Her start date has yet to be determined and she expects to give at least 30 days notice.

Saunders comes to RSS from higher education. She is currently the payroll manager for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has previous experience in schools as a payroll manager for Guilford County Schools and has also held finance positions at Davidson County Schools.

York has worked for the district since 1999. She started as Rockwell Elementary School’s financial secretary and after eight years was named the district’s assistant director of finance.

York was named interim chief financial officer in December. She also made her only presentation as chief financial officer to the board on Monday. She walked them through a local budget request to submit to the Rowan County Board of Commissioners requesting $5 million in additional funding for the next fiscal year.

York was named interim chief financial officer after Carol Herndon resigned in December. The Cabarrus County Schools Board of Education named Herndon its new chief financial officer in November and tapped former RSS Schools superintendent Kelly Withers for the equivalent role in Cabarrus as well.

“We are fortunate to hire these highly qualified individuals to lead,” Watlington said in a statement. “I am confident that our finance department will be in good hands to support the district’s vision and mission.”

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