• Finance Department

    The Finance Department is responsible for the overall fiscal management of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Our mission is to support Cleveland schools through the strategic management and use of federal, state and local dollars. This responsibility requires the coordination of the District's $1.5 billion budget. To support our schools and students, the Finance Department is organized into the following divisions: Accounts Payable and Technical Support, Financial Reporting and Cash Management, Payroll, Internal Audit, Budgets and Student Financial Activities, and Grants Reporting and Funded Programs.

    These areas provide financial services needed by schools, employees and vendors, monitor and analyze budgetary activity, and provide financial leadership to the district according to state and federal legislation, governmental regulations, Board policies and sound financial practice.

    The Finance team is proud to have earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials, and the Certificate of Achievement from the Auditor of State. These awards are a testament of our commitment to the highest standards of financial reporting.

    The Finance Department is committed to providing the highest level of fiscal integrity in management and reporting to our students, parents, partners and the community.



    Derek Richey - Chief Financial Officer
    1111 Superior Ave E, Suite 1800, Cleveland, Ohio 44114


    Derek J. Cluse, Deputy CFO
    216.838.0396 | Email

    Faye Phillips, Executive Assistant to the CFO
    216.838.0382 | Email

    Jozetta Totten, Finance Administrative Assistant
    216.838.0395 | Email 

    Larry JohnstonExecutive Director, Internal Audit
    216.838.0036 | Email

    Mychael HendersonExecutive Director, Payroll
    216.838.0076 | Email

    Angele LathamExecutive Director, Strategic Planning, Financial Services and Grants
    216.838.0352 | Email

    Angie ForakerExecutive Director, Procure-to-Pay
    216.838.0241 | Email

    Michael BowenExecutive Director, Accounting, Treasury and Reporting
    216.838.0398 | Email

    General Finance questions - 838-0350
    General Payroll questions - 838-4729
    General Accounts Payable questions - 838-0380