Caitlin Windler Named New School Business Manager of the Year

Caitlin Windler Named New School Business Manager of the Year
Posted on 06/08/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Caitlin Windler Named New School Business Manager of the Year Our District is proud to announce that Caitlin Windler, Director of Finance and Operations, has been awarded the George Gray New School Business Manager of the Year Award for 2022 from Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO).
 
This award, named in honor of George Gray who was responsible for creating the School of Business Management Master of Science degree program at UW-Whitewater, will be presented at the WASBO State Convention in January 2022.    
 
The George Gray New Business Manager award is designed to  acknowledge outstanding school business managers who are within their first five years of the lead finance role within their district.  It focuses on five criteria; leadership, continuing professional development, active participation in the profession, and active participation in the community. 

“Mrs. Windler joined our team in November of 2018.  From the start, I have found her to be one of the most exceptionally talented young women I have ever worked with,” explains Director of Communication and Community Relations, Beth Koehler.  “As with any organization, there are issues that need to be addressed, systems that need to be revised, and problems that need to be solved. Mrs. Windler has worked tirelessly and expertly to address an unusually large number of issues during her tenure.”

According to Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond, “During the summer of 2015, an in-depth review of budgets and revenues compared to expenditures revealed that in 2013-2014 the General Fund balance was reduced by $5,265,391.08 and was further depleted by $8,780,048.33 in 2014-2015.  Since Mrs. Windler joined our team, we’ve worked to cut operating costs and address many business practices and procedures to ensure greater oversight and fiscal responsibility.”

“Today, our fund balance is on track at over 20% of our general fund expenditures (having once been -$2 million dollars), our credit rating has improved from Ba1 to AA- (S&P rating designation of “High Grade”), and we have funds set aside for future new administrative offices without the need for a referendum or impact on our classroom budgets,” said award recipient, Caitlin Windler.  “It’s been a lot of work and I am grateful for a very supportive team.  We are committed to maintaining financial stability while equitably aligning resources to support our District’s mission and vision.”

“In addition to her smart and focused use of funds, Mrs. Windler excels in creating strong, beneficial relationships with business partners.  She is responsible for a large portion of the organization (e.g., facility department, technology department, business department, food service, transportation, school services, and employee benefits)” said Director of Human Resources, Jeff Thomson. 

“Mrs. Windler is able to manage responsibilities with great expertise and enthusiasm,” said Director of Leadership and Learning, Deidre Roemer.  “She builds strong, positive relationships and is caring and extremely intelligent. She is dedicated to working together to create opportunities for our learners. Her work has been invaluable.”

“Mrs. Windler has a very sharp and inquisitive mind. She works tirelessly to assertively address problems.  She exhibits a maturity beyond her years in her approach to situations. She is simply a joy to work with -- enthusiastic, positive, and visionary,” adds Koehler.  “We are thrilled she has been recognized in this way.  She is making a difference to our District, our community, and to the business manager profession.”

“It is an incredible honor to accept the New Business Manager of the Year Award.  This recognition is not possible without our Business Office team and their continued support.  I also want to extend my gratitude to our Board and school leaders who trusted my leadership.  We are proud of our strong financial position and the ability to continue to move forward on behalf of our students and community,” said Windler.
 
Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials, Inc. and Foundation:  The Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) was founded in 1947 and has been an affiliate of the Association of School Business Officials International since 1964.  Membership consists of approximately 1,400 District Professional, Service Affiliate, Student and Retiree members.  For more information go to www.www.wasbo.com.