MERCED — There's a new person balancing the books at the Merced City School District.
Katherine D. Weimer started work this week as the district's chief fiscal officer. She replaces Kris Cavallero, who retired at the end of December.
Weimer, 48, said working for students makes it worthwhile. From 2005 until this week, she was the Department of Business service manager at the Merced County Office of Education. She was the financial services director in 2004-2005 for the city of Newman and an accountant II in 2001-2004 for the city of Atwater.
Greg Spicer, the district's associate superintendent for administrative services, said Weimer will do a great job.
"I'm glad she's here," Spicer said. "Her personal character traits serve her very well. She has great integrity and honesty and a hard work ethic."
Weimer received a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting in December 1997 from California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock.
In her job with the county schools office, she was responsible for providing technical and fiscal support related to special education for all county school districts, along with oversight of contracts for student transportation and child nutrition services.
Spicer said Weimer was one of five finalists for the position. As a school principal he had worked with Weimer on special education issues and found her to be knowledgeable and competent.
Cavallero, 58, began with the district in September 1985 as a clerk-typist and assumed the chief fiscal officer position in June 2007. She supervised nine people and was responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, risk management, purchasing, payroll and accounts receivable-payable functions.
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