The Woodgrove Outlander Sits Down With Woodgrove’s Bookkeeper Teresa Holland
Although her office is tucked away and concealed from students, WHS Bookkeeper Teresa Holland handles well over a million dollars every school year.
As the school’s bookkeeper, Holland must account for every bit of money that goes through the school, whether it be loose change or crisp bills.
“I take in all the deposits and monitor the expenditures so that we do not go over budget,” she said. Holland essentially ensures that every penny is documented and deposited that same day. And although most don’t know her critical role, it doesn’t go unnoticed.
“It’s a monumental job,” says Principal Sam Shipp. “Everything has to be accounted for, and Mrs. Holland does her job phenomenally well.”
Holland’s job is not only to manage the money coming into the school, but also the money going out. Spending must be regulated as well. “And that’s everything from athletics, to school supplies, to the tickets for the plays,” says Holland, “Everything has to come through me.”
Another portion of the money that Holland oversees with Principal Shipp is the amount budgeted for Woodgrove High School. LCPS has a calculated per-pupil expenditure for each student, which is $13,824 for the 2018-2019 school year. This includes $384 spent on technology, $824 used for transportation, and $11,092 for instructional purposes, like school supplies and other resources that enable students to learn and participate in a variety of school activities. When asked if the students knew about these sums, Shipp’s answer was simple.
“Probably not,” he said.
And that is evident, because in a poll of 165 WHS students, only three of them knew anything about the current LCPS budget.
Being in the richest county in the nation, the overall LCPS budget of student expenditures stands at $1 billion. This includes $26.3 million on cafeteria and nutritional needs, $22 million on transportation, and a $9 million chunk on textbooks alone.
“This improves the capacity of LCPS to fulfill its mission of empowering all students to make meaningful contributions to the world,” said Eric Williams, LCPS superintendent.
As Loudoun continues to grow, LCPS is expecting two new schools to open in 2019, and four more in the following five years. As the school district expands, the budget will grow proportionally.
“The county is a dynamic place,” said Shipp, “We’re a large county, and a growing county.”