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Business & Operations

The Department of Business & Operations is the main fiduciary for Benton Harbor Area Schools, responsible for oversight in all financial matters including fixed assets, accounting, treasury, accounts payable in addition to oversight of facilities and food services.


The Department of Business & Operations is responsible for developing the annual budget plan for Benton Harbor Area Schools. The budget is one of the most important legal documents prepared by BHPS. Through proper management of BHAS's approved balanced operating budget, financial stability has been created, resulting in directing appropriate resources to create a positive learning environment.

For questions or additional information:

Scott Johnson

Chief Financial Officer
Office: (269) 605-1705

Scott Johnson

Chief Financial Officer
  • Board meeting packet co-preparation

  • Budget development and monitoring

  • Business office team mentoring and support

  • Cash flow projections and monitoring

  • Coordination and issuance of requests for proposals (purchases over $25,000)

  • Employee negotiations

  • Finance Committee packet preparation

  • Financial reporting – internal and external

  • Food service program executive support

  • Purchase and payment approvals

  • Real estate

  • Risk management

  • Skyward user configurations for finance module

  • Vendor contract review

Jill Latham

Grant Accountant
  • Co-develop and monitor state and federal grant budgets

  • Prepare federal grant reimbursement requests

  • Review and code payroll action forms

  • And more…

Bryan Lentz

Junior Accountant
  • Prepare and input journal entries

  • Prepare several monthly board financial reports

  • Reconcile bank statements

  • Record cash receipts

  • Review and submit food service meal claims

  • And more…

Celia Otero-Rios

Accounts Payable Bookkeeper
  • Add new vendors to Skyward

  • Assist with clerical projects

  • Assist with purchasing ßChris should be the first contact in the business office for all purchasing questions and all vendor payment questions

  • Pay vendor bills (excluding employee reimbursements)

  • Prepare and send IRS Form 1099 forms to vendors

  • Prepare several monthly board financial reports

  • Process purchase orders

  •  And more…