Welcome to the Business & Finance Department

Mission and Services

  • Mission Statement 

    Provide support services for District and patrons through professional and courteous customer service.


    The Business Office provides a number of services including:

    • Payroll, including direct deposits, insurance administration, deductions, and withholding;
    • Accounts Payable including credit card and purchase cards;
    • Budgeting aligned with the strategic plan, which strives to provide sound fiscal management;
    • Other Finance services: Petty cash, bank deposits, NSF and returned checks, tax exempt forms, property and liability insurance claims filing, processing of expense and mileage reimbursement forms, purchasing, fixed asset administration, accounts receivables for ASP, PK and inter-district transactions, wellness and safety facilitation, VALTS fiscal agent, e-Rate, and grant management.

Message from the Director of Finance

  • Marianne Carlson, Director of Finance

    Marianne Carlson The goal of the Business and Finance Department is to ensure taxpayer dollars are used to serve students in the most effective and efficient way possible.  From a budget perspective, this means we work to minimize the impact of any reductions to education and academics. To do this, we manage the costs of operating the “district” and eliminate or lessen the impact of financial challenges on or in the classroom.

    This includes:

    • Ensuring that funds are used to provide programs necessary for student learning

    • Ensuring that budget and purchasing decisions are based on district priorities with the top priorities being the education of students, and safety and welfare of students and staff

    • Ensuring that purchasing decisions consider Return on Investment (ROI) to maximize the benefit of the district’s investments

    • Closely examining our expenditures on items that meet our goals and eliminating waste

Business and Finance News

  • Scottsbluff High School Bond Sales

    On November 2014, voters approved the passage of a $29.2M bond referendum in order to finance the Scottsbluff High School Renovation. Scottsbluff Public Schools sold $20 million in 25 year bonds in 2015. The remaining $9.2M are slated to be sold in 2016.

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  • SBPS Purchasing Practices

    The Finance team purchases products and services for SBPS on an ongoing basis. By law, the district must select the lowest “responsible” bidder for goods or services. What does “responsible” mean in this context?

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  • Stadium safety

    A retired educator who helps with most all of our events brought issues to BOE President’s attention regarding safety concerns at Bearcat stadium.

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Contact Business and Finance

  • Mrs. Marianne Carlson, Director of Finance
    1722 First Avenue

    Scottsbluff, NE 69361

    Phone: (308) 635-6200

    Fax: (308) 635-6217


    Ms. Darla Schlager, Human Resources

    Phone: (308) 635-6202

    Email: dschlager@sbps.net

    Mr. Dan Beam, Accounting/Payroll-Certified

    Phone: (308) 635-6209

    Email: dbeam@sbps.net

    Ms. Brittany Johnson, Accounting/Payroll-Classified

    Phone: (308) 635-6207

    Email: brijohnson@sbps.net

    Mrs. Chelsi Copsey, Bookkeeping/Purchasing

    Phone: (308) 635-6223

    Email: ccopsey@sbps.net