During the board of education’s October work session, the finance department was recognized with an achievement that only nine other school districts in the state have achieved.
Finance Director Jamie Ulrich and her team Sherri Autry, Beth Covington and Gail Lowman were awarded the Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts for the fifth consecutive year.
The award began in 2013 as a way to recognize organizations that submit quality financial statements and supporting documentation in a timely manner and whose annual financial report is given an unmodified audit option and is free of any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses and complies with all Transparency in Government requirements.
Dawson County Schools has received the award every year since its inception and is one of 10 school districts to do so.
Audit Supervisor Mary Dilbeck, who has worked on Dawson County’s audit with Ulrich and her team for 17 years, presented the award at the work session Oct. 2.
“People fight over this audit because they know when they get here it’s going to clean, it’s going to be done and it’s going to be a wonderful experience,” Dilbeck said.
Of all the audits that Dilbeck’s office does every year, Dilbeck said Ulrich is the best financial director.
“I couldn’t do what I do without the people in my department,” Ulrich said. “They do their tasks: running all the payroll, pulling down all the QBE, all the grants, running all the vendor payments and making sure we’re making all those payments on time, getting our supplies and getting all the necessary items and requests from our different schools and different directors – that’s a tremendous effort and I couldn’t do it without them.”