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New assistant superintendent comes with great knowledge

By: Patty McAlpin, Reporter
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The local school district’s new assistant superintendent of business and operations brings 20 years of auditing, finance and business experience to the job.

Audrey Kilpatrick, 52, came to Western Placer Unified School District from Galt Joint Union High School District, where she held the same job but under a different title for the past five years. Previously, she was budget director for Sacramento City Unified School District for six years and business director of Rio Linda School District (prior to the district merging to become Twin Rivers Unified School District) for six years. She has experience working for auditing firms auditing companies and school districts.

Her contract was ratified by the Western Placer Unified School District Board on Nov. 6. The contract is effective Nov. 26, 2012 to June 30, 2015.

“I was the chief business official,” Kilpatrick said. “I over saw the same things including negotiations and personnel.”

Kilpatrick started the job at Western Placer Unified School District Nov. 26. She takes over for Joyce Lopes, who was started Oct. 1 as Humboldt State University’s vice president of administration and finance. There were more than 15 applicants for the job.

“I understand Joyce was a great person,” Kilpatrick said. “My job will be to meet her level.”

Job responsibilities for the new assistant superintendent of business and operations include oversight of the non-teaching staff, including business, facilities, food service, maintenance and transportation.

Her salary is 124,647, including eight furlough days. She will receive 22 vacation days. There is a $350 per month car allowance. She also receives a health care package similar to other classified employees and is entitled to 12 working days of sick leave each current contract year. Those days are prorated for the 2012-‘13 school year.

Superintendent Scott Leaman said Kilpatrick has been a great addition to the district.

“She comes with great knowledge,” Leaman said. “Already there have been numerous situations where she has had great solutions to issues we are discussing.”

Specifically, Leaman said Kilpatrick is helping the staff go “piece by piece through the budget to make sure the figures are correct, the district has adequate reserves and frees up as much funds as possible to place in the General Fund to offset some of the reductions we will have to make.” The district, at present, needs to reduce $5.3 million from the 2013-2014 school district budget.

Kilpatrick, who lives in Carmichael with her husband, Jim Kilpatrick, and daughter, Sidonie Kilpatrick, 17, said she’s “very excited about being here.”

When she isn’t working, Kilpatrick said she enjoys spending time with her family and gardening. She loves attending her daughter’s rowing competitions. Sidonie is a junior at Rio Americano High School and a member of the Upper Natoma Rowing Club.