Lourdes Hernandez, Executive Director of Finance

Lourdes Hernandez, Executive Director of Finanace

Lourdes Hernandez is a California native.  Her career in school business has spanned nearly 30 years.  She began in the private sector but began her school business career in 1990.  During her time with a high school district as well as a unified school district, she had the opportunity to learn all areas in the school district finance office, including budget development and oversight, accounting and budgeting for categorical programs, payroll and nutrition services oversight, SACS reporting, Associated Student Body oversight, cash flow and multi-year projections.

During her two years as Executive Director of Fiscal Services at a San Diego North County unified school district, Lourdes lead a team to launch a position control system to ensure that the district was tracking and budgeting for all positions.  She was also instrumental in implementing budget solutions to address declining enrollment and increasing pension costs in order to maintain fiscal solvency.  In 2019, she transitioned to the position of Executive Director of Finance at San Marcos Unified School District.   Lourdes enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends.

Department Responsibilities

The Accounting and Payroll departments manage the District's budget, accounts receivable and payable, general ledger, fixed assets and payroll activities. They develop, monitor and update all District program budgets and prepares all state and federal reports for general fund and categorical program activities. The office directly supports all District schools and departments. Finance and Accounting is also responsible for the successful preparation of District accounting records for the annual audit.

Department Goals

To provide accurate record keeping to assure that we maximize the District's assets and to operate in a manner that ensures compliance with all Local, State and Federal regulations that impact the financial status of the District. Our focus is to provide the Administration and the Governing Board with the most accurate and timely financial data to support educational decisions for the District's children. Our major areas of responsibility include: Budgeting, Payroll,Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Financial Analysis, Reporting and General Accounting.

Payroll Notices and Information

Payroll Check Availability

October 31, 2019

  • All Employee Payroll Checks (no direct deposit paystubs) will be available at the District Office Payroll Department on Thursday October 31, 2019 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. 
  • Direct Deposit Paystubs are only available ONLINE 

Address Change

If your address on your Payroll Warrant envelope is NOT your current address, please complete a Change in Personnel Payroll Records form, and submit it to Payroll.


403b, 457b, and Roth 403b investments are available to all district employees. To view a list of the district approved 403b vendors, click on the links below:


Accounting Staff Directory

Paystubs Online
Instructions and the link to view your paystub online

Direct Deposit Info
To sign up for Direct Deposit complete the form and send to the Payroll Department.

Other Payroll Links
For links to EDD, 403 (b), IRS, PERS, STRS, etc

2016 W-2 Info