Business Manager - Joshua Hartshorne

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Business Manager - Joshua Hartshorne

Watertown City School District is committed to building a caring culture that fosters lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

The business office is here to maintain the financial integrity of our District.  In doing so, it allows us to support the aforementioned mission statement in a number of ways. Two key ways that we are able to achieve this is by ensuring that our business operations are supportive of our instructional goals and that we maintain alignment of the District with all Federal and State regulations. 

We handle all accounts payable, accounts receivable, school tax collection, and financial reports for the Watertown City School District.

  • Accounts payable encompasses contracts the District has with vendors that provide services, purchases requested through Purchase Orders, as well as reimbursements. Payroll is handled by the Payroll Department.

  • Accounts receivable is responsible for billing any outside agency for services provided by the District.

  • The Tax Collector accepts school tax payments from the beginning of October until the end of November at which time any unpaid taxes are sent to the City or County for collection.

  • The Business Office produces a Financial Report and a Treasurer's Report and these reports are presented to the Board of Education on a monthly basis. Annually, the District has an External Auditor check the District's finances and determine how they have been handled throughout the year.  Information from this report is consolidated and put into annual financial statements and subsequently filed with the New York State and presented to the Board Members.

  • A separate audit is done for all extracurricular activities in the District and a separate financial statement is issued for these funds.