Flint, MI—Flint Community Schools’ former Chief Financial Officer Carrie Sekelsky is back part-time to guide the Board of Education through some upcoming financial decisions.

She returned at the request of the board amid the district’s current Director of Finance Ayunna Dompreh’s absence. Dompreh, along with Superintendent Anita Steward, have been on family and medical leave since September, leaving the district short-staffed. It is not clear if either will return.

Controller Latisha Wolf has taken on Dompreh’s duties in the meantime, but the job is too large for one person, board members said at a meeting Oct. 20.

Sekelsky will assist with numerous financial matters, including advising the board on the district’s $150 million Cares Act spending, budget amendments, and any other issues that may arise.

The board is also seeking direction regarding a $100,000 lawsuit filed by Steward Sept. 8. The lawsuit alleges board members, individually and collectively, prevented Steward from performing her job.

“I’m excited to be back to help out in any way that I possibly can. I am a resource for the board,” Sekelsky said.

Sekelsky left the district in November 2020 for an assistant superintendent position at Clio Area Schools. Her departure came shortly after she discovered Flint Schools had been shorted nearly $2 million in tax revenue due to an accounting error.

Board members thanked her for returning.

“I’m so excited because when I came on board, we never knew what our bottom line was,” President Carol McIntosh said. “She could tell us where our dollars were and we were being fiscally irresponsible. She let us know whether we wanted to hear it or not. So, it is nice for her to be back in the district.”

Sekelsky will continue working full time in her other role and will charge Flint Schools an hourly rate of $150.

Carmen Nesbitt

Carmen Nesbitt is a journalist with diverse experience in news reporting and feature writing. She wrote for Hour Detroit and SEEN Magazine before joining the Flint Beat news team as an education and public...

3 replies on “Former Flint schools’ CFO returns as ‘resource’ for Board of Ed.”

  1. Retire the whole School BORED! ZZZZZZZZZ Why are they “needed”?? They do NOTHING for this city except gripe and complain! We got too many closed up and delapidated schools here that outnumber the open ones. This is a huge disgrace in Flint. They do not need a new leader, they need to be FIRED and get a better career! They just let all the vacant schools continue to rot and be eyesores in our hoods. When will they all get demolished?? Washington School in my hood remains a burned down mess that needs to be demolished NOW! What is taking so long?? Folks like me are sick of looking at it each day. Just let them all go because they are not doing anything to demolish the very long vacant schools that can’t be reopened.

  2. Agreed Dave! Do we really need them at all?? How do they serve us?? What have they done for us?/ Nothing! This is why I call them the School BORED! ZZZZZZ!

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