After 12 years with the St. Francis School District 15, Business Services Director Mae Hawkins is leaving.
“I did a career analysis as I am approximately halfway through my career,” she said in a prepared statement. “The result of the analysis was that the next step for my career should be a high level administrative position that was more focused on finance and accounting.”
At the end of the school year, Hawkins will be leaving to take the job as Intermediate School District 287’s director of finance starting in July.
“While I do enjoy the operations portion of my job responsibilities, I am at the heart and soul of things, a finance and accounting person that enjoys helping others,” Hawkins said.
“I have enjoyed being the director of business services… for the last 12 years. I will miss the fantastic staff, parents and students that make St. Francis schools a great place to work.”
“District 15 does an incredible job of providing great opportunities for students with the lowest per student revenue in the metro area. St. Francis elementary and East Bethel community schools have some of the highest state test scores in the metro.”
“I am excited about the new student educational programs of all day, every day kindergarten for all kindergarten students and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) pilot for fourth grade that the district will be rolling out next year.”
Hawkins has been dedicated to the district and has even worked during the weekends, said Superintendent Ed Saxton.
“(Her leaving) will be a loss to the district,” he said.
Hawkins’ new position will have her working with a consortium of 12 west metropolitan suburban districts.
As the director of business services for District 15, Hawkins supervised the business office, student services, nutrition services, transportation and technology.
“Some of the things that I am proud to have accomplished with the help of the great staff at District 15 are: changing purchasing, accounts payable, payroll and cash receipts processes by using new technology to make these processes faster and more cost efficient, making customer service a focus of all support departments and being a part of the incredible changes that technology has made in engaging students in learning,” Hawkins said.
“The wonderful support services staff at District 15 continue to do more with less in order to focus the district’s limited funds on the classroom. I am proud to have served as the business services director of a district that spends over 75 percent of its budget on instruction.”
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