WATERTOWN — The Board of Education at a special meeting meeting on Thursday, September 23, appointed Marie Kashuba as the new business manager for Watertown Public Schools. Board members found that Ms. Kashuba set herself apart from other candidates with her passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for the role. She brings with her a proven record of success in building a strong rapport with varying stakeholders involved in the financial aspects of a school district.
Her background experiences and proactive approach to effective communication and high level of professionalism was most notable by her previous employers.
“Ms. Kashuba demonstrated the energy, initiative and knowledge it takes to successfully lead and manage the many people, processes and protocols involved in a school district’s finance department,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alison Villanueva said.
“Her attention to detail and high expectations for herself and the school district are clear and I believe her collaborative personality will benefit the Watertown Public Schools not only this year but for years to come.”
Ms. Kashuba received her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Connecticut and her master’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of New Haven.
Ms. Kashuba has worked as a financial consultant overseeing the budget process in planning, accounting and reporting in a corporate setting and has an extensive auditing background. Most recently, she assisted with interim business manager duties in the Seymour Public School district as a consultant of the Twin Lakes Finance Team.
Ms. Kashuba was highly recommended by the Twin Lakes group. Her experience in working with the Seymour Public Schools, her familiarity with financial systems and the ins and outs of public school finance, as well as her corporate background were considered assets to Watertown Public Schools.
The Board of Education felt Ms. Kashuba stands out as a knowledgeable, professional and dedicated individual who strongly believes that working with faculty and staff to meet the needs of students is the district’s primary responsibility.
Ms. Kashuba will officially begin her new role on Monday, October 25.