Friday, December 21, 2007

Calhoun County Schools' financial director to retire

Bob White will conclude his 23-year career today as the chief financial officer for Calhoun County Schools. Photo: Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star

In his nearly 23 years on the job, the Calhoun County Schools annual budget has tripled, and the cost of a school bus has grown 20-fold.

But during his tenure, chief financial officer Bob White has maintained the county's reputation for doing the most with what it has.

White spends his final day on the job today before heading for retirement.

He said the biggest difference he's seen since joining the school system in May 1985 is the heightened glare of accountability's spotlight.

"We had it before, but it's more formal now," he said.

"From how we managed money then and where we are now is a ton of difference. But it gives us an opportunity to publicly display what good stewards we are with taxpayer money."

White grew up in Memphis, Tenn., served four years in the Navy, and graduated with an economics degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He took his first job out of college as an accountant with Shell Oil Co.

After that he worked in banking in Talladega until coming to Calhoun County.

"I think back to how much more simple life was when I came here," he said.

"When we started measuring how well each school system is doing compared to everybody else, it put a different picture on everything."

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