Seattle Public Schools Welcomes Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance
Seattle Public Schools Hires Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance
Seattle Public Schools hired JoLynn Berge as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance. Berge brings extensive experience to the district and will begin her new role on June 15, filling the position vacated by Kenneth Gotsch.
“We are pleased to announce this appointment and welcome JoLynn to the district. We look forward to her financial leadership and we are excited about the wide breadth of experience she brings to this role,” said Deputy Superintendent, Stephen Nielsen.
As Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, Berge will provide leadership and expertise in financial management and in the business and finance operations of the district. She will be responsible for ensuring an effective management and budget system is in place to support schools. Reporting directly to the superintendent, Berge will oversee the department of finance (Budget, Payroll, Grants, Accounting, Purchasing, Contracts) and audit response. Additionally, she will provide leadership for financial matters related to Human Resources (Employee/Labor Relations, Compensation and Benefits, Substitute Services, Employment, Employee Assistance Program, Leadership Development and the Teacher Incentive Fund).
Berge has an impressive leadership background in finance and the public sector. She comes to Seattle Public Schools from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction where she served in numerous different financial leadership roles during her tenure but most recently as the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Superintendent.
Previously, she was an Assistant Audit Manager/School Specialist and Assistant State Auditor/Assistant Audit Manager for the Washington State Auditor’s Office and Comptroller for Grays Harbor Public Development Authority.
Berge has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration from Longwood University. In addition, Berge serves as the Board President for the Association of Education Finance and Policy and was a Washington Association of School Business Officials Award of Merit recipient.