Business Office

  • The Department of Financial Affairs for the Cheltenham School District is responsible for the administration, management and compliance of District financial services.  These responsibilities include the preparation, presentation, monitoring and reporting of the annual District budget; preparation of annual financial statements; payroll administration; benefit administration; accounts receivable and payable; purchasing and receiving; management of debt service and investments and monitoring of capital assets; and financial oversight of federal and state programs.  The Department also provides oversight of the Food Services and Transportation Department. 

Recent Presentations

  • Financial Affairs Committee Presentation March 2020

    The Financial Affairs committee convened Tuesday, March 3 with committee co-chair Joel Fishbein presiding, fellow co-chair Dan Schultz, board members David Cohen, Tyrone Scott, Charles Burdell-Williams and Julie Haywood, and administrators in attendance. CSD Business Manager Cara Michaels presented three items: Food Services - management contract RFP update and administrative review; 2019-20 budget status; and 2020-21 budget update.


    Michaels provided a brief update on food service, the current contract for which expires June 30. Advertising for RFPs for a new contract will occur in March and April. The bid will be awarded at the May legislative board meeting. Michaels also provided a recap of the food service administrative review conducted in February. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Division of Food and Nutrition are required by USDA to conduct administrative reviews every five years. Two corrective action measures were noted during the on-site review and will be addressed by March 21. Neither will result in fiscal action.


    This fiscal year’s budget outlook shows CSD has collected $99,971,328 or 81.75 percent of its revenue and has spent/encumbered $74,404,624 or 60.84 percent of its expenditures. 


    Michaels closed the meeting with a brief update on the cost savings and referendum exceptions for the 2020-21 budget. CSD is preliminary approved for approximately $2.3M, but has not received final PDE approval. The final budget will be adopted in June.


    The next Financial Affairs meeting is Tuesday, March 31.

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Contact Us

Cara Michaels
Business Manager
(215) 886-9076 
Karen Washington
Finance Manager
(215) 881-6302 
Katie Brett
Administrative Assistant
Niyirah Garnett
Payroll Clerk
(215) 881-6305 
Aaron Bell
Accounts Payable Clerk
(215) 881-6304 
Melissa Akerley
Accounting Specialist
Mike Oswald
(215) 881-6337 
Maria Mastrosante
Benefits Clerk
(215) 881-6303 
Chris Hood