Dickinson Public Schools hires new business manager

The Dickinson Public School Board voted unanimously to hire Stephanie Hunter as the new Dickinson Public School District Business Director at a special board meeting on October 29.

Hunter replaces Kent Anderson, who recently accepted a position at Dickinson State University. She will meet him later this week.

Hunter is originally from Colorado and graduated from Colorado Technical University with a business administration degree with a concentration in finance.

She has a background in finance and auditing. Prior to accepting this position, she worked as an audit consultant for FEMA.

Hunter has experience in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors.

“I understand how the private (sector) works with the public (sector), since I have been on both sides,” she said. “For FEMA, I was a consultant but we were doing the grants for the CARES Act, so I was doing an audit for the repayment of all those grants to the public schools in Texas and one of their local municipalities across the whole. state, so I understand how tight budgets are for these districts. Everything, down to a pencil, matters, especially right now. “

Hunter said many school districts are struggling financially right now, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every school district is going through sort of the same thing right now. The pandemic has made it pretty difficult for everyone,” she said.

She has some ideas for additional potential sources of income.

“I come up with some new ideas, I think, that can be used to their advantage,” Hunter said. “I’ve written grants and done all grant reporting for a few nonprofits. I think that’s where every school district is right now, looking at what’s going on. other than what we traditionally use because now is the time to get creative. “

She moved to Dickinson about three months ago with her husband to be with his family. They had visited Dickinson periodically for the past 18 years.

“The community is great,” said Hunter. “Everyone I have met has been so kind and welcoming. Everyone is very nice. People are very helpful.”

Mary H. Martino