Staff Spotlight: Sheri Solesbee

March 28, 2022

This month’s Team Member Spotlight features…the District Office’s Sheri Solesbee, the district’s general ledger clerk and accounting whiz.

How long have you been working for RSD — where and in what roles?  

I have been with the Redmond School District for 15 and 1/2 years. I started as an IA at the Hartman campus in September 2006, moved to Transportation as the bookkeeper in October 2006, then in January 2007 moved to the District Office finance department, where I have worked Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and now am the General Ledger Clerk. I have seen many changes in the finance office since my hire and I have gotten to work many different jobs since being here. At this point in time, we have a great fiscal office — we all get along great and get our work done in a timely fashion. 

I have learned so much from all of the experience that I have gotten in the finance office. I appreciate all of the time that people have given me to learn and be able to understand the government accounting. I had always been in the private sector until I got the job here, and it is a learning curve, but it is fun to learn the other side of things.

What made you want to work in school finance, and what exactly does your role entail?

I have always wanted to work in the school settings — as my girls were growing up I thought it would be nice to be able to coordinate and  have the days off that they had. But that did not work because my children were grown by the time I was hired here at the Redmond School District. My role now entails bank statements, accounts receivable, posting of the school deposits and the credit card payments, posting of all journal entries for the district, support staff and training for the secretaries and other staff members, support for the Co-Curricular/ASB account and other projects as needed. 

You’re known for having trained tons of people — what have you learned from that and why is it an important part of your role?

Every person learns differently, and so you have to be patient and remember to let each person learn in their own avenue. I love the training piece and then touching base after the trainings to go over any questions and give additional tips or tricks if I can.

What is your favorite part of your job? What is the biggest challenge of your job?

The favorite parts of my job are the camaraderie and the friendships that I have built since being here. I also like the fact that no two days are ever the same — there is always something different on my plate to take care of, and that keeps things fresh and new.  The biggest challenge of my job is making sure that I have all the paperwork turned in on time from others in order to meet my deadlines. 

What else would you like us to know about you? 

I moved to Central Oregon in January 2001 and met the man of my dreams. Together we have four children, all living in the Central Oregon area. We purchased a house in Prineville with my parents in 2015 — we have lots of family close by, and we wouldn’t want it any other way! I have a new grandbaby who was born Feb. 4. She has been a pleasure to be around and I’m thrilled we get to be a part of her life. We have two other grandkids who are 15 and 13. My husband and two of our kids team rope, so we go to some of the local team ropings around the state. We just took a trip to Oklahoma for the Timed Event Championships, it was amazing and a good time had by all. I ride my horse, but have no desire to rope. We love to spend lots of time with family and friends. My husband and I love to camp, take drives and enjoy just spending time together.

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