Most Recent Finance Committee Meeting

  • Finance Committee Presentation February 2024

    With co-chair Pamela Henry presiding, the Finance Committee convened for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6 in person and via video conferencing. At this meeting, the committee received a presentation regarding the district's ongoing feasibility study for capital planning from the architectural firm KCBA. The committee also reviewed the district's preliminary budget for the 2024-2025 school year, noting a balanced budget with budgeted revenues and expenditures of $132,917,489. The budget required $929,554 of fund balance to balance the budget. The next Finance Committee meeting is Tuesday, March 5. KCBA presentation >> Video >>

     

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  • Finance Committee Presentation January 2024

    With co-chair Pam Henry presiding, the Finance Committee convened on Jan. 2, 2024, in person and via video conferencing. At this meeting, the committee reviewed interim financial statements through December 31, 2023, including a balance sheet, statement of revenues, expenditures, and net assets, and a review of historical local tax revenue collection.  The committee then reviewed the bills passed as part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s annual budget that was fully approved in December. Continuation of mental health and security grants were noted, as well as the addition of several capital improvement grants. The next Finance Committee meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at 7 p.m. Video>>

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  • Finance Committee Presentation December 2023

    With co-chair Daniel Schultz presiding, the Finance Committee convened Dec. 5, 2023, to review and discuss four agenda items. The first agenda item was a review of interim financial statements that noted a strong cash position, and several variances from prior years, including an increase in transportation expenses. The second item was a review of fund balances and allocations focused on fund performance and purpose through June 30, 2023. The third agenda item centered around the budget process and one of the first steps, allocating funding to buildings based on relative enrollment. Finally, the fourth item was centered on a board resolution not to increase taxes greater than the state-issued Act 1 index. There was also a discussion about current and future budgetary pressures. The next Finance Committee meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, at 7 p.m. in person at 2000 Ashbourne Rd. and via video conferencing. Video> 

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  • Finance Committee Presentation November 2023

    With co-chair Pamela Henry presiding, the Cheltenham School District Finance Committee convened in person and via video conferencing on Nov. 14, 2023. The meeting began with a review of interim financial statements for the period ending Oct. 31, 2023. Included in these financial statements was a historical discussion of local revenues. The next topic discussed was the district’s budget calendar and how it is developed throughout the year until its passing in June 2024. This was juxtaposed to the Act 1 timeline which drives the budget process. The third topic discussed was charter school expenditures and recent litigation in process regarding charter school funding and regulation. This bill has a significant financial impact on the district if it is passed in its current form. The final topic of the night centered around an eminent domain acquisition of district property near Wyncote Elementary. The next Finance Committee meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in person at 2000 Ashbourne Rd. and via video conferencing. Video>>

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  • Finance Committee Presentation October 2023

    The Cheltenham School District Finance Committee convened on Oct. 3, 2023, with co-chair Daniel Shultz presiding. The focus of the meeting was on three agenda items: (1) a review of interim financial statements for the month ending September 30, 2023, which indicated a continuing strong financial position; (2) a review of draft financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. The highlights of this draft included an increase in financial position/surplus for the year, as well as growth in cash balances; and (3) A discussion regarding the Pennsylvania Act 1 Index to assess its impact on the organization's financial planning and potential implications for future budgets. The District's Act 1 index is 5.3%, which is the maximum taxes could be raised for the 2024-25 school year. However, it was noted that tax increases historically have been significantly less than the Act 1 Index. The next Finance Committee meeting is Tuesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in person at 2000 Ashbourne Rd. and via video conferencing. Video>>

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  • Finance Committee Presentation September 2023

    The Cheltenham School District Finance Committee convened on September 5 with co-chair Daniel Shultz presiding. This meeting covered several topics. First, Whitsons Culinary Group, which manages the district's food services, presented a year-in-review, outlining their performance and initiatives to enhance the school meal program. Next, the meeting delved into the interim financial statements for the month of August 31, 2023, providing insights into the district's current financial operations. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Schools Trust, which is the entity that manages the district's health insurance, was also a focal point, with discussions centered around its performance and potential adjustments moving forward. Lastly, attendees received an update on the 2023-2024 Pennsylvania State budget, and its impact on the district's revenue allocation in the coming year. Video >> 

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation June 2023

    With co-chair Daniel Schultz presiding, the Financial Affairs committee convened in person and via video conferencing for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 6. First, the committee reviewed interim financial statements of the district reflecting year-to-year performance and projected financial statements through the year ending June 30, 2023. The committee then reviewed an updated budget for the 2023-2024 school year with total projected expenditures of $132,536,205, which includes American Rescue Plan spending and a tax increase of 1.1% required to balance the budget.  The balance of the meeting was spent reviewing items for board action at the next legislative meeting which included tax date approvals, purchasing approvals, and food service lunch/breakfast approvals. The next Financial Affairs Committee meeting is in August. View presentation. View Video. 

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation May 2023

    With co-chair Pamela Henry presiding, the Financial Affairs committee convened in person and via video conferencing for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 3. First, the committee reviewed interim financial statements of the district reflecting year-to-year performance from April 30, 2023 vs. 2022. It was noted that cash balances were higher than in prior years and year-over-year spending had increased ~$2.5M. Second, the committee reviewed updated projected financial statements through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. The projection continued to show a strong fiscal year for the district with a projected surplus of ~$4.9M. The third topic of discussion was on the proposed final budget. It was noted that budgeted revenues and expenditures increased, leaving a net deficit of $1.02M for the 2023-2024 school year to be funded through a 1.1% tax rate increase. The final topic of discussion was regarding capital needs of the district and available resources and a high-level discussion on future planning. The next Financial Affairs committee meeting is Tuesday, June 6 following the Facilities Committee meeting. Video >>

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation April 2023

    With co-chair Pamela Henry presiding, the Financial Affairs committee convened in person and via video conferencing for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 11.  The agenda included four items: A review of interim financial statements through March 31, 2023, versus 2022, where it was noted that expenditures had increased primarily due to the payroll calendar, and 20 payrolls to date versus 19 in the prior year; projection of financial results through the end of the fiscal school year, June 30, 2023, with the highlight being a surplus of $4.5M; a review of ESSER spending through March 31, 2023, noting $895,911 spent; and a review agenda items for approval at the next legislative school board meeting, including the approval of a fire alarm bid and several educational technology purchases. The next Financial Affairs committee meeting is Tuesday, May 2 following the Facilities Committee meeting. Video >>

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation March 2023

    With co-chair Daniel Shultz presiding, the Financial Affairs committee convened in person and via video conferencing for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 7.  The primary focus of the meeting was the review of the district's independent financial audit for the year ending June 30, 2022. Highlights of the report included: (1) the auditor's report that had a ‘clean’ opinion of the district's financial statements; (2) the statement of changes in fund balances for governmental funds which showed an $8M increase in fund balances; (3) a surplus in the district's food service fund; and (4) discussion of the audit of federal awards. The committee also reviewed internal financial statements through February 28, 2023, noting revenues were exceeding budgeted expectations and expenditures were in line with the prior year.  Given favorable financial results, the committee discussed the classification of the district's fund balance and assignment to future capital projects. The meeting closed with the discussion of the district's feasibility study and appraiser contract for approval at the next school board legislative meeting. Video.

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation February 2023

    With co-chair Pamela Henry presiding, the Financial Affairs committee convened in person and via video conferencing for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8. At the meeting, year-over-year unaudited financial operating results were reviewed through the month of January with a review of changes in balance sheet, revenue and expenditure line items. A preliminary budget for the 2023-2024 school year was also presented showing total expenditures of $130,544,192. The budget was presented with no increase in the real estate tax rate and balanced using $2,601,642 of fund balance reserve. A request for proposal for a feasibility study was also discussed to help in establishing a multi-year capital plan. Other topics included a road-widening project impacting Wyncote Elementary, the MCIU operating services budget, and contracts related to reverse tax appeals.  Slideshow>> Video>>

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation January 2023

    With co-chair Joel Fishbein presiding, Financial Affairs convened in person and via video conferencing on Tuesday, Jan. 3. At the meeting, year-over-year unaudited financial operating results were reviewed through the month of December. Revenues continued to remain on pace with budget and showed an increase to date of $6.8M over the prior year. Expenditures showed growth of approximately $500,000 from year-to-year, also on pace with the budget. Local revenues were viewed in a historical context to recognize trends and patterns as well as to discuss future expectations. It was noted that interest earnings were very strong for the year due to increase in interest rates. Topics of discussion for February’s finance meeting will include a look at the preliminary budget.

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation December 2022

    With co-chair Joel Fishbein presiding, the Financial Affairs Committee convened in person and via video conferencing on Thursday, Dec. 8. The meeting included discussion of interim financial statements through November 30, highlighting year-over-year changes to cash, revenues, and expenditures. It was noted that local revenues still remained strong with a significant increase in interest earnings. A five-year history of charter school enrollment and related expenditures were also reviewed and discussed. Agenda items reviewed for the December legislative board meeting included adoption of the 2023-2024 Act 1 Index 'Opt Out' resolution, and approval of the Eastern Center for Arts & Technology 2023-2024 budget. Video >> Agenda >> 

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation November 2022

    With co-chair Daniel Schultz presiding, the Financial Affairs Committee convened in person and via video conferencing on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The meeting included discussion of changing the interim financial reporting to the board to include statements of net assets, as well as a statement of revenues, expenditures, and net assets. Also discussed were the remaining funds left under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) and American Rescue Plan. Total monies left to be spent are $4,171,138 as of June 30, 2022, the district’s last fiscal year end. The final topic was regarding Act 57 of 2022 providing taxpayer relief in special circumstances to first year property owners. Video>

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation September 2022

    With co-chair Joel Fishbein presiding, the Financial Affairs Committee convened in person and via video conferencing on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The agenda included discussion of the 2021-2022 financial results and updates on the 2022-2023 budget, which included an increase to the state’s basic education and special education subsidies ($498,184), as well as an additional PCCD grant for school security and student mental health ($329,278). Planned budget decision dates as set by the PA Department of Education and a timeline for the completion of the district’s audit were also discussed. The next Financial Affairs meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 4, following the Facilities Committee meeting. Video>

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation June 2022

    With co-chair Joel Fishbein presiding, Financial Affairs convened via video conferencing on Tuesday, June 7. The agenda included an update on the 2021-2022 budget and a discussion regarding the proposed 2022-2023 budget, which is currently at $127,100,000. The final budget will be on the agenda for adoption at the June 14 legislative board meeting, and includes a 1.6 percent millage increase. The board discussed the recommendations to adjust the student activity accounts to bring into compliance with local, state and governmental accounting standards. There was also a discussion surrounding the possible extension of the transportation contract past 2023, and the board will make a recommendation at the June 14 meeting. The board discussed the proposal for a demographic study, and the administration recommended the Montgomery County Planning Commission for the project. Twelve agenda items for the board legislative meeting were discussed and added to the June 14 agenda. The next Financial Affairs meeting is Tuesday, August 2, following the Facilities Committee. Video>

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation May 2022

    With co-chair Dan Schultz presiding, Financial Affairs convened via video conferencing on Tuesday, May 3. The agenda included an update on the 2021-2022 budget and the draft of the 2022-2023 Budget. Currently at $127,600,00, the 2022-2023 budget status was discussed. The preliminary proposed budget will be on the agenda for adoption at the Tuesday, May 10 legislative board meeting. The board discussed the food service contract request for proposal (RFP) and it was recommended that the board award the contract for 2022-2023 to Whitsons Culinary Group. The board also discussed the RFP for auditing services and made a recommendation of BBD, LLP, which will be presented for approval at the Tuesday, May 10 legislative meeting. The fee of $33,000 per year. There was also a discussion surrounding the possible extension of the transportation contract past 2023 and the board will make a recommendation at the June meeting. The board discussed a proposal for the demographic study, and it was recommended that the administration get a proposal from Montgomery County and bring both back for the June meeting. The items for the board legislative meeting were the appointment of the district treasurer for 2022-2023, approval of the preliminary budget for 2022-2023, approval of the new food service contractor, the approval of the new auditor, approval of the student accident insurance carrier for 2022-2023. Approval of the firm for the demographic study was deferred until June. The next Finance Committee meeting is Tuesday, June 7, following the Facilities Committee meeting. Video> 

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation April 2022

    With co-chair Joel Fishbein presiding, Financial Affairs convened via video conferencing on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. The agenda included an update on the 2021-2022 budget and a draft of the 2022-2023 budget. Interim business manager Chuck Linderman next discussed the 2022-2023 budget, which sits at $127,598,198. There was a discussion surrounding the possible extension of the transportation contract past 2023. The board also heard an update on the requests for proposals for food service contracting and auditing services. Linderman also discussed the meeting with benefits consultant villaNOVA and discussed the need for a long-term capital plan and a funding mechanism for that plan. The four agenda items for the board legislative meeting were the appointment of the district solicitor for 2022-2023, acceptance of a donation from the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association, Chromebook lease for students, and the approval of the 2021-2022 bus driver list. The next Financial Affairs meeting is Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Video>

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation March 2022

    With co-chair Daniel Schultz presiding, Financial Affairs convened via video conferencing on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Following an update on the 2021-2022 budget, interim business manager Chuck Linderman reviewed the June 30, 2021, audit and, in particular, the fund balance and food service loss for 2021. Next, the 2022-2023 budget status was discussed. The proposed budget for 2022-2023 is at $127,755,000. The board also discussed the charter school costs and budget for the 2022-2023 school year. That budget is projected to increase 13% to $3,675,000. Linderman then informed the board that the RFP for auditing services will be done in March for award by the board in May. There was also a discussion surrounding the possible extension of the transportation contract past 2023. The two agenda items for the board legislative meeting were the authorization to bid supplies/equipment and the tax exoneration for the township land at the former Ashbourne Country Club. The next Financial Affairs meeting is Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Video>

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation February 2022

    With co-chair Joel Fishbein presiding, Financial Affairs convened via video conferencing on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The agenda included an update on the 2021-2022 budget, announcement of a review by the auditors on June 30, 2021, review of the 2022-2023 budget and budget calendar, review of the 2022-2023 MCIU general operating budget, and a presentation by the district’s financial advisors on the refinancing opportunity on $75M of the debt which could result in a savings of over $6M over 20 years. A parameters resolution will need to be adopted at the legislative board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in order to ensure the board takes advantage of favorable interest rates. The board also reviewed the Food Services RFP, which is out for proposal. The board had questions regarding health care costs, special education costs, per pupil spending, class size, and the contracted services budget (object 500). The next Financial Affairs meeting is Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Video>

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation January 2022

    With co-chair Dan Schultz presiding, Financial Affairs convened via video conferencing on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. The agenda included an update on the 21-22 budget, and reviews of the June 30, 2021, audit progress and 22-23 budget and budget calendar.  The board discussed the need to approve an Act 1 opt out resolution, which will require the board to stay within the Act 1 index of 3.4 percent for the 22-23 budget. This resolution will need to be adopted at the Legislative meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The board reviewed the presentation from acting business manager Chuck Linderman, and had questions regarding healthcare and special education costs, and the need to review the fund balance for last year and projection for this year. The next Financial Affairs meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. Video>

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  • Financial Affairs Presentation December 2021

    With co-chair Joel Fishbein presiding, Financial Affairs convened via video conferencing on Tuesday, Dec. 7. The agenda included an update on the 2021-2022 budget; review of the June 30, 2020, audit and update on the June 30, 2021, audit; review of the final refinancing of the 2017 bonds, which saved the district $960,000; and budget calendar and building and department budgets for 2022-2023; enrollment projections; and a discussion about student activity accounts. The board reviewed the presentation from acting business manager Chuck Linderman, and had questions regarding the enrollment projections and inclusion of new housing developments. A suggestion was made to explore a full demographic study by the Montgomery County Planning department or another third-party demographer. There were some questions regarding student activity funds, and also inquiries on how new initiatives like heard about in Ed Affairs would be incorporated into the budget. The next Financial Affairs meeting is Tuesday, January 4. Video>

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  • Financial Affairs Committee Presentation November 2021

    With co-chair Joel Fishbein presiding, Financial Affairs convened via video conferencing on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The agenda included a presentation by Cheltenham Assistant Township Manager Alyson Elliott on a proposed Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) for township commercial areas; updates on the 2021-2022 budget and charter school costs; review of the June 30, 2020, audit and update on the June 30, 2021, audit; information about refinancing of the 2017 bonds; review of the food service RFP and audit RFP for June 30, 2022; and budget calendar and building and department budgets for 2022-2023. Following Ms. Elliott’s presentation, the board discussed and posed questions. A virtual attendee also asked a question about LERTA. The board reviewed the remainder of the presentation from acting business manager Chuck Linderman. The board requested additional numbers for the comprehensive budget and sought clarity on the “zero-based” approach to some of the budget. The board also requested the food service RFP include a clause relating to sustainability and asked for the inclusion of the wellness committee and students. There was also public comment on the food service RFP. The board reminded the administration that a link to the video of the meeting be included on the web. The next Financial Affairs meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. LERTA presentation> | Video>

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  • Financial Affairs Committee Presentation May 2021

    With co-chair Joel Fishbein presiding, Financial Affairs convened via video conferencing on May 4. The agenda included the following items: Updates on the 2020-2021 budget and charter school costs, review of staffing data analytics and the 2021-22 budget, and a discussion of items for the May legislative board meeting. Mr. Linderman began the meeting with a review of the status of the 2020-2021 budget, then discussed the projected data for revenues and expenditures for the 2020-2021 school year and the reasoning for some of the variations. The final area Mr. Linderman reviewed was the proposed 2021-2022 budget. The current budget has a $500,000 shortfall between revenues and expenditures. Mr. Linderman reviewed the expenditure adjustments made since March, which include the use of ESSER funds for payment of the activity busses for the 2021-22 school year and the 2022-2023 school year since there will be an effort to provide students who may have experienced learning loss the opportunity for tutoring after school. Reductions in the facilities area due to attrition, health care savings, life insurance savings, reduction of the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology budget due to reduced enrollment, and staffing reductions through attrition in the teaching area and the outsourcing of the CLASP program. There was an extended discussion on the possibility of restructuring district debt as a way to offset the increase in charter school expenses. This item will be placed on the agenda for further discussion and vote at the May 11 legislative board meeting. The board had questions relating to status of the district’s fund balance, use of ESSER funds, special education budget, possibly bringing in the planning department from Montgomery County to do an enrollment study, and the one-time expenses in the budget such as the charter school costs. The next Financial Affairs meeting is Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

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