Business and Finance Services

  • 2023 Recipient of Excellence in Financial Management

    Little Elm ISD Honored with State-Wide Award

    Finance Department earns the prestigious Award of Excellence

    Austin, TX – Little Elm ISD is proud to be among the third group of educational institutions recognized by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) with the prestigious Award of Excellence in Financial Management. Established in 2020, the award is given to Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that demonstrate professional standards, best practices, and innovations in the area of financial management and reporting. 

    The criteria to qualify for the Award of Excellence in Financial Management is stringent, based on financial accounting and reporting guidelines identified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Financial Accountability System Resource Guide (FASRG). Applicants must submit documents across 11 key areas, which are reviewed by a TASBO accounting subcommittee.

    About the Criteria

    A TASBO Accounting & Finance Subcommittee developed the criteria for the award based on state and federal guidelines. Each applicant must submit documentation on 11 areas:

    • finance department essentials
    • staffing & training
    • controls
    • budget management
    • processes
    • cash management
    • communications
    • financial reports
    • financial analyses and projections
    • external staff training
    • innovation (bonus points)

    “These organizations have gone above and beyond to demonstrate transparency by meticulously documenting their districts’ policies and procedures,” said Tracy Ginsburg, TASBO Executive Director. “Not only have they showcased the ways they monitor spending, improve budgeting, implement controls, and enhance financial reporting, but they have shared their best practices with colleagues throughout Texas, helping even more educational organizations to better utilize taxpayer dollars.” 

    Members of the district’s finance team will be honored at an awards reception sponsored by Frontline Education in San Antonio, Texas, on February 15 during the 2023 TASBO annual conference.

Business and Finance Services Team

  • Shay Adams, RTSBA, MBAShay Adams, RTSBA, MBA
    Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance
    972.947.9340 ext. 10501
    Gabby Ayala, CTSBOGabby Ayala, CTSBO
    Business Services Specialist
    972.947.9340 ext. 10503
    Jennifer Barrychuck, RTSBAJennifer Barrychuck, RTSBA
    Executive Administrative Assistant
    972.947.9340 ext. 10501
    Charla Bippus, CTSBOCharla Bippus, CTSBO
    Lead Payroll & Benefits Specialist
    972.947.9340 ext. 10509
    Jackie CarterJackie Carter
    Payroll & Benefits Specialist
    972-947-9340 ext 10511
    D'Ann Bickford, CTSBOD'Ann Bickford, CTSBO
    Coordinator of Business Services
    972-947-9340 ext 10505
    Bernice Sanchez Gonzales, CTSBOBernice Sanchez Gonzales, CTSBO
    Purchasing Coordinator
    972.947.9340 ext. 10504
    Nancy Hicks, RTSBANancy Hicks, RTSBA
    Coordinator of Accounting
    972.947.9340 ext. 10507
    Lesley Malmer, CTSBOLesley Malmer, CTSBO
    Payroll & Benefits Coordinator
    972.947.9340 ext. 10510
    Carmen Romero, CTSBSCarmen Romero, CTSBS
    Accounts Payable Specialist
    972.947.9340 ext. 10512
    Jesse Wyse, CTSBS, MBAJesse Wyse, CTSBS, MBA
    Executive Director of Business Services
    972.947.9340 ext. 10508