Rebecca Roberts to become chief financial officer for Manatee County School District

BRADENTON -- With less than a year under her belt as the head of finance for the Manatee County School District, Rebecca Roberts is expected to move into the role of chief financial officer.

"During her time with the Manatee District, Rebecca has proven that she has the knowledge, abilities and leadership skills to serve as our CFO," Superintendent Rick Mills said in a statement. "I look forward to working with Rebecca as we continue to strengthen the financial foundation of our school district."

Roberts' promotion is pending Manatee County School Board approval at Tuesday night's meeting. Roberts will replace Michael Boyer, who resigned in June. The district had an interim CFO through the summer.

Roberts worked closely with the interim CFO in closing out the district's 2013-2014 budget, according to the district. That budget ended with a fund balance of $14.4 million, meeting the state of Florida's fund balance requirement for the first time since 2009. Roberts also helped develop the 2014-2015 school year budget which projects an ending fund balance of $16.5 million.

Roberts came to the district after working as the chief accountant for the city of Baltimore where she handled Baltimore's overall financial accounting operations from 2010 until she left April 4 and was hired by the school district.

Roberts' background, according to her resume, also includes a position as director of financial reporting and accounting compliance at ASARCO LLC in Tucson, Ariz., from 2008 to 2010, and a term as vice president of operations/controller for Lancaster Foods LLC in Jessup, Md., from 2006 to 2008.

As director of finance in Manatee, Roberts' made $95,500. As CFO, Roberts' proposed salary is $115,000. Roberts was at a conference for the district Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter@MeghinDelaney.