Financial Services - Information

General Information

The Division of Financial Services is responsible for the efficient management and proper accountability and reporting of the district’s assets, which includes the various financial resources and transactions, and property, plant, and equipment. This responsibility includes the safeguarding of the district’s assets.

The Division is comprised of the following core areas and/or departments:

  • Budget
  • Fiscal Management
    • Accounts Payable
    • Payroll
  • Purchasing
    • Property
    • Warehouse
  • Treasurer’s Office

Treasurer’s Office
The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for:

  • Reviewing and recording cash receipts of the District
  • Printing and distributing checks issued by the Accounts Payable Department
  • Monitoring and reconciling cash and investment balances
  • Processing and remitting all wage attachments (garnishments, child support, etc)
  • Providing tax-exempt information to outside parties

Achievements:

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – GFOA
    For the past thirty-two years, fiscal years 1986 through 2017, the Muscogee County School District has received the nationally recognized Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its CAFR. The Muscogee County School District is one of the few government entities state-wide that have achieved this honor for over thirty years. Like the ASBO award, this award too certifies adherence to excellence and best practices in financial reporting by going above and beyond generally accepted accounting principles. The ultimate goal of the program is to assist users of the financial information to assess the financial health of the participating government and to recognize individual government that succeed in achieving that goal.
  • Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting – ASBO
    For the past twenty-five years, fiscal years 1993 through 2017, the Muscogee County School District has received the nationally recognized Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This award certifies adherence to excellence and best practices in financial reporting. It also demonstrates the district’s commitment to fiscal integrity and transparency by sharing information above and beyond generally accepted accounting principles. The Muscogee County Schools is one of the few government entities state-wide that have achieved this honor for over twenty years.
  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award – GFOA
    The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the Muscogee County School District for its Annual Budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 (FY 2017). This marked the first year that the District has received this prestigious award. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive this award, a government unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as a financial plan, as an operations guide, and as a communications device.
    “The award represents a significant achievement by the entity,” said the Association in a release. “Budget documents must be rated ‘proficient’ in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories to receive the award.” GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program (Budget Awards Program) in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.
  • Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award – NPI
    For 2017, the Purchasing Department was awarded the nationally recognized Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award by the National Procurement Institute (NPI). This prestigious award is earned by public organizations that demonstrate excellence in the areas of innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement process. Attainment of this award was the result of the district’s system-wide implementation of procurement best practices. Muscogee County Schools is proud to be one of only 13 agencies in Georgia and one of only 26 school districts in the United States and Canada to receive the award.

Documents and Resources

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2003
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2004
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2005
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2006
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2007
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2008
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2009
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2010
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2011
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2012
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2013
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2014
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2015
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2016
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2017
Non Resident Tuition 2017-2018
GaDOE, Chart of Accounts
GaDOE, QBE Reports

Contact Information

Theresa Y. Thornton, MBA, CPA Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

706-748-2354
706-748-2365 Fax