A school cashier handles money and makes financial transactions in a school setting. School cashiers may work for elementary, middle or high schools. The primary environment in which a school might place its cashier is the school cafeteria. However, school cashiers may also be responsible for special transactions and money collections, such as for fundraisers, field trips and book fairs.
A school cashier is often responsible for receiving payment for meals in the school cafeteria. This requires excellent basic arithmetic skills and meticulous attention to detail. A school cashier must make change accurately each time. He must tally the amounts received at the end of the day and compare the number to the total transaction amounts to ensure they match. If a discrepancy exists, the school cashier may be responsible for reconciling the amounts and investigating possible causes of the discrepancy. A school cashier must keep careful track of his register and not allow unauthorized access to it.
A school may require its cashier to oversee other types of transactions, such as fundraisers, raffle tickets, book fair purchases and field trip fees. A school cashier must keep careful records of the names of students, teachers and parents who have paid for field trips. If she is keeping track of raffle tickets and fundraisers, she must hand out tickets, keep track of ticket inventory and properly record all funds raised. During book fair sales, she must accurately complete all transactions, ringing up merchandise totals and making correct change for purchases. She may also record inventory totals and make change the records of inventory stocks.
Maintenance and Transport
A school cashier maintains his cash handling area according to the school's requirements, which in the case of cafeteria workers may be in accordance with state or federal regulations. He must keep the area neat, hygienic, and free of clutter and obstacles. He is usually responsible for maintaining the cash register itself, replacing rolls of receipt paper and ink in the register, and notifying his supervisor of technical difficulties.
The school may require a cashier to efficiently replace cash drawers and to safely transport cash drawers to safe deposit boxes or other areas for tallying the money collected. Some school cashiers also make deposits into the school's accounts and must bring back deposit slips and records of bank transactions.