For Immediate Release: April 15, 2021
Contact: Johanna Villareal (408) 270-6800
Evergreen School District Hires Chief Business Officer
Victoria Knutson brings over 15 years of school district budget and finance experience
(San Jose, CA) The Evergreen School District Board of Trustees approved hiring Mrs. Victoria Knutson as its new Chief Business Officer at its meeting on April 15, 2021. Knutson is replacing previous Chief Business Officer Delores Perley who departed the position in June 2020.
Knutson has been in the school finance business since 2006 and has served public school districts in the south bay and Monterey areas in increasing management and leadership roles, which were major factors in the Evergreen School District's decision to hire her.
In her previous role as Director of Fiscal Services for the last eight years with the Morgan Hill Unified School District, Knutson oversaw the district's budget, finance, payroll, and purchasing departments. In this capacity, her leadership was attributed in earning the district an Aa1 credit rating from Moody's, AA credit rating from S&P Global, and receiving a Golden Bell Award for designing a Local Control Accountability Plan that was said to provide a "transparent view of the operating budget and provides a working hub for trustees, staff and advisory groups to link to virtually all facets of district initiatives and operations."
Her previous experience also includes working for Hollister School District and Salinas City Elementary School District, where she also oversaw the district's budget and financial reporting. Knutson's highest priorities focus on professional performance and ethical standards when it comes to budget transparency, earning her an award for excellence in financial services through the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO).
"Victoria has a vested interest in the growth and well-being of children," said Dr. Emy Flores, Superintendent of Evergreen School District. "She wants to focus on bringing fiscal stability to the district and is eager to build and continue fostering collaborative relationships with the school board, teachers, support staff, parents, students, and community partners."
Knutson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Management from the University of California Santa Cruz and is a certified Chief Business Official through the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) program and CASBO. She is also a graduate from the San Francisco Unified School District, making her a Bay Area local. Knutson is the mother of two young children and is married to a veteran teacher of 20 years.
"I am looking forward to joining the Evergreen School District where I can offer my perspective and expertise in the budget and finance process and I am committed to serving the Evergreen community," said Knutson.
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