The Dickinson Public School Board unanimously voted to hire Stephanie Hunter as the Dickinson Public School District's new business manager during a special board meeting, Oct. 29.
Hunter is replacing Kent Anderson, who recently accepted a position with Dickinson State University. She will be meeting with him later this week.
Hunter is from Colorado and graduated from Colorado Technical University with a degree in business management with a finance concentration.
Her background is in finance and auditing. Before accepting this position, she worked as an auditing consultant for FEMA.
Hunter has experience in the private, non-profit and public sectors.
"I get the background when it comes to how the private (sector) works with the public (sector), since I've been on both ends of it," she said. "For FEMA, I was a consultant but we were doing the grants for the CARES Act, so I was doing auditing for reimbursement for all of that grant to Texas Public Schools and any of their local municipalities through the whole state, so I understand how stringent the budgets are for these districts. Everything down to a pencil matters, especially right now."
Hunter said a lot of school districts are struggling financially right now, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Every school district is kind of going through the same thing right now. The pandemic's made it pretty difficult for everyone," she said.
She has some ideas for additional potential revenue sources.
"I'm coming with some fresh ideas, I think, that can be used to their advantage," Hunter said. "I've written grants and did all of the grant reporting for a couple of non-profits. I think that's where every school district is at right now, looking at what else is out there other than what we've traditionally been using because it's the time to get creative."
She moved to Dickinson about three months with her husband ago to be with his family. They'd been traveling to Dickinson periodically for the last 18 years.
"The community is awesome," Hunter said. "Everybody that I've met has just been so nice and welcoming. Everyone's very kind. People are very helpful."