CONTACT:  Tim Walker, Deputy Superintendent                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 241                                                                        21 SEP 2007



SMMUSD Announces New CFO


The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is pleased to announce that Ms. Janece L. Maez will be joining the team in October 2007as its new Assistant Superintendent in charge of Business and Fiscal Services, pending approval from the Board of Education.


Maez brings to SMMUSD over twenty years of experience in school district finance, with seventeen of those years as an Assistant Superintendent in charge of Fiscal and Administrative Services with the Pleasant Valley School District.  Prior to that, Ms. Maez was employed with the Ventura Unified School District in their fiscal department.


Maez comes highly recommended from several school districts within California.  As part of the CFO search process, SMMUSD used School Services of California, Inc., a leading provider of management, governance, and fiscal consulting services to school districts, county offices, and community colleges.


“Ms. Maez’s leadership skills and ability to solve problems creatively and analytically will be a valuable asset to SMMUSD,” said Superintendent Dianne Talarico.  “Her focus on cooperative decision-making and honest, open, and reliable communication will be a complement to the district’s focus on teamwork and accountability.”


Maez is a member of the California Association of School Business Officials, and has served on Soroptimist International, the American Association of University Women, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Camarillo Arts Council.  She attended the University of Washington and the California Lutheran University.





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