• Tony Foster
    Tony Foster
    Director of Business and Finance

    Welcome to the Office of Business and Finance!

    Tony Foster is elated to continue his career at Canton Public School District, as the Director of Business Finance. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Jackson State University. He also obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Delta State University. Mr. Foster possesses over 10 years of school business accounting and finance experience.

    Mr. Foster began his career in Brandon, MS with Fortenberry and Ballard, CPA Firm, as an intern. He served in different capacities with the firm, ranging from intern to Audit Manager. He has also served as an Assistant Business Manager, Business Manager, and Director of Business Services for school districts in the state. Mr. Foster worked at the Mississippi Department of Education in the Office of School Financial Services as a School Finance Officer.  In this role, he provided technical assistance to school districts throughout the state and served as the Lead Financial Facilitator for consolidations in the state. Mr. Foster brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Canton Public School District. 


    The mission of the Office of Business and Finance is to ensure that the financial resources of the district are administered effectively to support teaching and learning. 

    We are responsible for the planning, management, and stewardship of the school district’s financial resources. We operate on the principles of sound budgeting practices, cost-effective operations, prudent fiscal management and most of all, integrity, as we handle the daily business affairs of the district. We acknowledge that we are indeed accountable to the local taxpayers; therefore, we endeavor to practice good stewardship over what we have been entrusted.


    The district operates on a fiscal cycle that begins July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year.

    Our activities are reviewed by external independent auditing services on an annual basis to ensure the accuracy of financial reporting and to be certain that all required rules, regulations, laws and Board policies are being adhered to.


    For more information on the financial affairs of the district, please join us as we present reports monthly at our regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors. You may also click the links to the left to access additional information.


    The Office of Business and Finance team supports the educational program by providing the following services:


    16th Section Land Management


    Accounts Receivable

    Accounts Payable

    Ad Valorem Tax Requests and Collections

    Audit Management

    Budget Development and Management

    Capital Projects Fiscal Management

    Cash Management

    Competitive Bidding

    Debt Service Management

    Employee Benefits

    Employment Contracts

    Financial Accounting and Reporting

    Financial Forecasting

    Fiscal Accountability

    Grant Administration

    Internal Controls

    Inventory and Asset Management

    Investment Management

    Payroll Processing


    Risk Management

    Student Activity Accounting and Reporting

    Teacher Education Enhancement Fund (EEF) Card Distribution and Management

    Workers’ Compensation Insurance


    Please feel free to contact us at (601) 859-1152 if we can be of service to you.