Currently serving as both Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer to the Rockford Public Schools of Illinois, Cedric Lewis has cultivated a career out of multi-faceted administrative service to the public education system. His many duties with the district include primary roles with both Human Resources and Fiscal Services, as well as advisory responsibilities with the district's transportation division, and in public relations. In addition to his lauded accomplishments in generating budget and financial reports, Mr. Lewis has acted as a liaison between the school system and a community committee in charge of reducing the $404 million budget by $50 million.Cedric Lewis’ professional accomplishments prior to joining the Rockford public school system demonstrate similar versatility. He spent a year working with the Recovery School District of Louisiana, where he rapidly generated positive changes to the district both materially and operationally. While serving as a liaison between the various local and state agencies providing funding to the district, he repaired the previously strained relationship between the school system and the state Board of Education and simultaneously garnered $10 million in legacy payments. He achieved similarly well-rounded results during his work with the Riverview Gardens School District of Saint Louis. In addition to transforming an initial 8 percent reserve of expenditures into a 20 percent portion, he augmented the relationship between the local community and the Board of Education. Mr. Lewis’ accomplishments in this position earned him a commendation from the Missouri State Auditor. His previous posts also include administrative and financial service in public education systems throughout Mississippi and Georgia.Cedric Lewis’ present extramural ventures include an assortment of professional and charitable enterprises. He acts as a chairman for Alignment Rockford, as well as serving on the board of the city’s United Way campaign. He also mentors schoolchildren throughout the area. Beyond his local commitments, he also travels throughout the Southeast as a presenter at postgraduate level symposia discussing topics related to fiscal management in public education.
Jul 2009 - Present
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Rockford Public Schools
Direct responsibilities include Fiscal Services and Human Resources, but also provide direction to Facilities Management and Transportation; under the former superintendent, served as the acting deputy superintendent and also oversaw Communications/Public Relations; integrally involved in the development of the strategic plan; overhauled the hiring procedures to allow Principals greater control in selecting staff as opposed to Union placement; created a platform for Principal inclusion in aligning resources to student outcomes; curtailed negative media stemmed from systemic changes necessary to advance instruction; drafted the first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and received the coveted Certificate of Financial Excellence from the International Association of School Business Officials; drafted the first comprehensive budget report, and anticipating the Meritorious Budget Award from the International Association of School Business Officials; successfully liaison to a community based Budget Committee charged with cutting $50 million from a $404 million budget.
Feb 2008 - Jun 2009
Chief Financial Officer
Recovery School District of Louisiana
Managed the fiscal operations of a multi-parish (county), state wide school district which is focused on instructional recovery for K-12 students in the state of Louisiana; created an accounting infrastructure that memorialized accountability and internal controls where they had not existed previously, which led to $1.8 billion in FEMA settlements towards construction of new schools; instituted a structured budget development process for stakeholders which transparently communicated equity and reform; instituted cash flow management to retire a host of inherited obligations; drafted and implemented a spending plan with reductions of 32% in revenues without negatively impacting the delivery of instruction; reduced finance staff by 30% while increasing support offered to schools and departments; reduced audit findings; oversaw the implementation of an enterprise accounting system to further increase efficiencies; drafted position control processes that ensured fidelity between the budget and staff allocation; served as a liaison between the State Board of Education, the Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District which assisted in settlements of over $10 million in legacy related cash payments between the OPSD and the RSD; forged a stronger relationship of trust between RSD management and the State Board of Education.
Presenter- 'Data Fiscal Points to Know as a Superintendent'