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School district loses longtime financial manager

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
October 10, 2009
— The Janesville School District is losing its expert in school budgeting.

Longtime district comptroller Lauri Clifton will leave in early November to become the business manager of the Waukesha School District, Superintendent Karen Schulte said Friday.


Janesville lost its longtime business manager, Doug Bunton, to retirement in June. Bunton was Clifton’s immediate superior.


The school board hired Keith Pennington to replace Bunton and renamed the position “chief financial officer.”


Schulte said Pennington will hire a second-in-command, but what that position will be called and what duties will be assigned to it are still being considered.


Schulte said Clifton will be in Janesville as the school board wraps up its work on the 2009-10 budget and tax levy this month.


Schulte expressed confidence in Pennington’s abilities to handle district finances.


Pennington has handled budgets larger than the school district’s in the private sector, Schulte said, adding that Pennington is not as familiar with school finance but is learning fast.


“Lauri has provided such valuable service to the district and carries a lot of history,” Schulte said. “I wish her well. I’m glad she’s stepping up into that kind of leadership position. She deserves it.”


The school board eliminated another position in the business department this year, that of manager of buildings and grounds. Others in the department have assumed those duties.



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