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Business & Finance

The Business and Finance Department efficiently and effectively manages the financial resources of Lockhart ISD. The department manages a general operating budget of $67 million and special revenue funds of approximately $17.2 million, supporting approximately 6,170 students and approximately 752 staff.

Key functions include:  finance, budgeting, accounting, investments, accounts payable, payroll and benefits, purchasing, and records management.

This department has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 15 consecutive years. This department has also been recognized for 18 consecutive “Superior” ratings for the Texas Education Agency’s Schools FIRST (financial integrity rating system of Texas) rating.

Additionally, the purchasing department was awarded the "Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations" for 2021 by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO).

Business Office Contacts

Brande Sifuentes
Accounts Payable

Processes accounts payable for vendors beginning with A through L. Processes requests for overnight travel requests. Posts all deposits, ACH, wire and manual checks to general ledger. Supports district secretarial staff for Skyward and Laserfiche questions. Processes all check runs except operating fund.

Tina Ramirez 
Secretary to CFO & Accounts Payable

Secretary to the CFO. Processes accounts payable for vendors M-Z.  Coordinates all workers compensation claims. Coordinates the collection of all maintenance of effort documentation. Coordinates maintenance of effort forms. Processes all payroll deductions to vendors. Processes all operating fund check payments.

Nancy Arana
Payroll & Benefits Specialist

Processes all Payrolls. Addresses employee concerns related to payroll and benefits. Directs employees to Professional Enrollment Concepts at 866-337-3572 for enrollment in benefits.

Melissa Kelley

Completes all bank reconciliations. Reconciles and remits all payroll deductions to insurance carriers.

Michelle Wylie
Director of Finance

Assists the CFO in running the Business Office functions. Responsible for all federal grant draw-downs of funds, including the school nutrition fund. Responsible for all SHARS, MAC and TRS reporting. Oversees payroll function.

Nicole Dean
Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for all business functions including accounts payable, payroll, accounting, budgeting, purchasing and annual financial reporting. Reports to the Superintendent.

Tanya Homann
Director of Purchasing

Responsible for compliance of all bidding requirements under state and local policies. Responsible for textbook ordering and inventory, open records requests and auction of district property as necessary.

Crystal Flores
Purchasing Specialist

Obtains price quotes, compiles price comparisons, enters purchase orders, monitor delivery status, maintains open purchase order listings. Assists the Purchasing Manager with textbook inventories and auction of district property.

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Nicole Dean

Chief Financial Officer