#MNPSVoices: Donetia Reid, Internal Auditor of Student Activity Funds



Although somewhat shy and probably one of the most unassuming members of the Metro Nashville Public Schools’ team, Donetia Reid, one of four internal auditors for MNPS, has a smile that can light up any room. She serves in a key supporting role in the school district and proudly supports the Southeast Quadrant.

Before moving up the ranks, Reid took a path similar to other Central Office employees - working in schools.

“My first position was at Dalewood Elementary School as a general assistant,” Reid said. “I’m still very much in touch with the Dalewood Elementary family. We just celebrated our 17-year staff reunion.”

A few years later, Reid would progress to become the secretary/bookkeeper at Dalewood Middle, Gateway Elementary and Stratton Elementary Schools before transitioning to a training specialist position in 2008 in the internal audit department. As a training specialist, she was tasked with training a designated portion of school bookkeepers throughout the school district.

“Training bookkeepers was my original passion for coming to the Central Office,” Reid said.

Reid has been an internal auditor for the past six years and her day-to-day tasks consist of guiding school bookkeepers and principals on the proper use of student activity funds as outlined by the Tennessee Department of Education and Comptroller’s Office. In addition, Reid conducts annual student activity audits and reports any findings schools may have.

“It’s important for me to educate bookkeepers and principals on the proper use of funds that parents and taxpayers provide to support our students,” she said.

Reid is approaching her 26th year of service to the district this August and said she is grateful for the opportunities she has been given to advance her career in MNPS.

“I’ve had a lot of encouragement around me and it seems to have worked out in my favor,” she said, adding that although she can see retirement at the end of the tunnel she is not quite ready to turn in her adding machine just yet.

“I want to continue to focus on supporting bookkeepers, principals and MNPS’ top priority -  our students,” Reid said.