Welcome to the Business and Finance Department!
Arthur Watts
Mr. Arthur Watts, Jr., Chief Business and Financial Officer

The staff of the Birmingham City Schools Business and Finance Department wants to honor our community's values and priorities as demonstrated through sound financial practices.  The Business and Finance Department supports the district's educational mission by designing and using business practices that are easy to understand, make the best use of taxpayer dollars and still meet the needs of our customers in the schools.


The mission of the department is to provide students and staff with quality, cost-effective materials, supplies and services; to pay our employees and vendors in a timely and accurate manner; to communicate both our financial plan and results of operations to the Board of Education and the community; and to allocate resources equitably to insure that monies follow the needs of students in a way that:

  • respects and encourages customer feedback
  • encourages collaborative decision making, open and frequent communication and mutual respect of individuals
  • empowers, involves and recognizes the worth of all employees
  • fosters community cooperation and involvement
  • ensures legal compliance
  • utilizes data-driven decision making.
So that:
  • customer needs are met or exceeded
  • excellence is valued
  • employees are respected
  • business/community support is developed.

The Business and Finance Department provides support in the following areas:


Accounts Payable
Insurance and Deductions

Local School Accounting