Alison Smith

Department Head:
Alison Smith, Director of Finance

Alison Smith is a graduate of Livonia Public Schools, a current Livonia Public Schools resident, and it was with much joy she returned to the district in 2012 to serve the students, staff, and community.

Alison has spent the last decade working in public and non-profit accounting both at the University and K-12 levels.   Alison holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University, and a Chief Financial Officer certification from the Michigan School Business Officials organization.  She is a former President of the Wayne County School Business Officials organization.

In her current position as Director of Finance her responsibilities include collaborating with the Livonia Public Schools Board of Education in establishing a comprehensive budget for all district expenditures, overseeing the accounting functions of the district including payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable, overseeing the development, implementation, and maintenance of internal controls and accounting procedures, overseeing/preparing all applicable local, state, and federal financial reports including but not limited to Form SE-4096, SE-4094, MAER, FID, and the SEFA, and overseeing the day-to-day management of the district’s fiscal resources.

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Other Department Staff:
Stacey Sopher, Accountanting Supervisor
Chrystal Hicks, Accounting Supervisor
Kathleen Price,
           Secretary to the Director of Finance
Celia Davis, Bookkeeper
Katrina Villasenor, Payroll
Judy Sinning, Accounts Receivable
Candy Weldon, Accounts Payable:
           Vendors A-K

Patty Wischmayer, Accounts Payable:
           Vendors L-Z

The Finance department manages the school district's money and assets. Our goal is to maintain as many of the district's high quality programs as possible. The district's budget has been pressured for many years from the overall economic downturn in Michigan, in addition to other challenges such as declining enrollment and increased health care costs. The school district is required to prepare financial statements each year to provide information on the financial status of the district. As required by law, the statements are then audited by an independent accounting firm, which issues an opinion on the financial statements. Livonia Public Schools continues to receive an unqualified opinion of our financial statements, which is the maximum level of assurance offered.