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District CFO Appoints New Financial Chief for DC Public Schools

Monday, September 8, 2003

(Washington, DC) Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi today announced the appointment of John D. Musso as chief financial officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Musso brings over 25 years of experience as a teacher, principal, and administrator to his new role as the school district’s top finance official. His selection is the result of a nationwide search conducted by the DCPS superintendent’s office, in conjunction with the District’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer. His annual salary will be $139,000.

“Mr. Musso is an accomplished administrator, and I am pleased he has agreed to join our team. He is well prepared to continue the work of improving and strengthening the financial systems at DCPS,” said Dr. Gandhi.

Musso comes from Pueblo, Co., where he was deputy superintendent for Pueblo School District No. 60, supervising all areas of the district’s support structure. Prior to that appointment, Musso was Executive Director of Finance for the El Paso County School District 2 in Colorado Springs, Co., where he administered all of the district’s business affairs, including budget development, financial forecasting, data processing, and supervision of payroll services. He has also served as associate superintendent of support services and administrative assistant to the superintendent in Pueblo School District No. 70.

In Colorado, Musso was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Governmental Accounting, and he served as president of the Colorado Association of School Business Officials. He also led the state in the area of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds by being the first school business official in Colorado to access and develop a process for the dissemination of such bonds. Musso has received numerous awards as an educator and an administrator, including being named the top business official in the nation by the Association of School Business Officials International in 2001.

Musso received a bachelor’s degree in science and math from the University of Southern Colorado and a master’s in educational/business administration from the University of Northern Colorado.