Fiscal Services

Lourdes Hernandez, Executive Director of Finanace

Arazele Salazar
Executive Director

Arazele is passionate and dedicated to her work and goals. She is a first-generation college student and earned her bachelor's degree in Accounting from San Diego State University. Throughout the years, Arazele has worked her way up in the Fiscal Services department across three different school districts. When joining San Marcos Unified School District, she brought 14 years of hands-on experience in the governmental accounting field. 

Arazele is a San Diego native and enjoys spending her free time with her friends and family.

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 prepare 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

Our Finance Department professionals provide accurate record-keeping to ensure District assets are maximized to their fullest potential. Operating in a manner to certify compliance with all Local, State, and Federal regulations that impact the financial status of the District is a top priority. Our focus is to provide Administration and our Governing Board with accurate and timely financial data to support decisions that directly impact our students. 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 - All Checks to be Mailed

  • All Employee Payroll Physical Checks (no direct deposit paystubs) will be mailed. Arrangements must be made prior to payday for in-person check pickups.  If there are any Payroll related questions, please email [email protected].

Address Change

If the 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:

SchoolsFirst, our plan administrator, handles the processing of all forms. By clicking the Forms & FAQs link below, you will be taken to the FBC Website where the forms can be found.  Submission instructions are on each form.


Fiscal Services Staff Directory

Paystubs Online
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