Stephens Co. School System Hires New Finance Director

The Stephens County School System has a new Finance Director.

In a called meeting Thursday, the Stephens County Board of Education approved the hire of Angel Terry as the new Finance Director for the school system.

The vote was 5 to 0. Board members Tony Crunkleton and Jeff Webb were not present for the called meeting.

Stephens County School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey said he feels Terry has the qualities and experience that the school system is looking for.

“Angel has three years’ Finance Director experience,” said Dorsey. “She has been a bookkeeper at the school level prior to that experience. She has worked in governmental finance, school finance, and private finance. We feel good about getting someone that has school government finance experience and we are looking forward to bringing her on as a new team member and sailing in the direction we need to go in.”

According to Dorsey, Terry is currently with Athens Digital.

He added that her experience in a finance director’s position came in the Oglethorpe County School System, where she served as Finance and Business Manager.

Dorsey said there were around 15 applicants for the position and he interviewed a total of three for the post before bringing Terry’s name forward.

Terry replaces Misty Cleveland, whose resigned on July 15.

Dorsey said that while the position was filled quickly, he is confident in the decision.

“We did extensive background checks with former and current supervisors, making sure we were getting a person that we thought capable of handling the situation that we currently have here,” said Dorsey.

Terry is scheduled to start on Monday.

Dorsey said her salary will be $80,000 a year.

She is the fourth Finance Director for the Stephens County School System since February 2013.

That is when Annah Dodge resigned suddenly from the position.

Justin Beecher was then hired, but resigned after just over six months.

Cleveland was hired to replace Beecher in October 2013.

The Stephens County School System is dealing with a multi-million dollar financial shortfall and questions over accounting practices.

Elsewhere, the Board of Education approved the hire of Debra Masten as Assistant Principal at Liberty Elementary.

Masten was previously a teacher at Eastanollee Elementary and replaces Jana Cheek, who was promoted from Assistant Principal to Principal at Liberty Elementary earlier this month.