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Seaford School Board Targeting Interim to Replace Retiring Business Chief

Assistant Superintendent for Business Ken Aldrich's retirement takes effect on Nov. 3.

With the Seaford School District’s business chief set to retire in a few months, plans to fill the position are already underway.

Seaford Assistant Superintendent for Business Ken Aldrich’s retirement takes effect on Nov. 3. The Seaford Board of Education got the ball rolling on how best to replace Aldrich’s position, which is tasked with helping to craft together budget plans, during its July 19 meeting.  The school board indicated during the meting held , in the Band Room, that hiring an interim business chief to serve out the remainder of the 2012/13 school year while continuing to search for a permanent replacement was the best route to go.

Seaford Superintendent of Schools Brian Conboy said the district can utilize SCOPE Education Services to determine possible interim candidates. Conboy said he would like somebody for the interim as well as permanent position that is certified as a school business administrator. 

Lorraine DeVita July 23, 2012 at 02:35 PM
funny that conboy would recommend using Scope - cant we EVER get out of the previous Seaford Superintendents Grasp and you know the one who currently WORKS/Runs SCOPE. And while input from Conboy is needed it is not his decision to make on who fills the position. Hopefully we get someone who has more knowledge with Educational finance then just an affinity with "rice pudding". Additonaly this board should be calling for an independent EXIT AUDIT from a previously unused third party accounting firm this way Before we say adios to Mr Aldrich we insure everything is as needed for the next individual and make his exit $$$$'s contigent upon all the little duck$ being in their proper rows.
Chris Wendt July 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM
@ Lorraine re: "...this board should be calling for an independent EXIT AUDIT from a previously unused third party accounting firm...." Why? Just read the last several years' audits from your existing audit firm posted right there on the Seaford School District website. See, by how much, expenses exceeded revenue during those years. Watch (you can graph it in Excel) Seaford's cash reserves dwindle to nothing and then all but disappear, at the same time the appropriated fund balance amount went POOF! as your school property taxes ballooned out all proportion to enrollment. I think Seaford SD has swallowed the equivbalent of a corporate "poison pill", making the district very unattractive to any breakthrough idea such as consolidating business office operations with Wantagh and/or Plainedge or Levittown. Mr. Aldrich's departure provides THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY to make such a trailblazing and cost-saving move. Unfortunately, Seaford appears in such a fiscal mess that nobody sane would touch that idea; no, probably not even me. I do not blame Kenny for the mess, however. He is only the guy who carried out the policy and instructions of the school board and superintendent. Your audit firm has done a great job of documenting the fiscal disaster-in-the-making, and its reports have been sitting out there right in front of everyone on the website. I guess there is such a thing as being too transparent, you know, allowing people to look right past the obvious.
Lorraine DeVita July 23, 2012 at 07:37 PM
CHRIS, Will I concur that it has been right there in the open and Seaford is bascially oblivious or not cognizant to the facts? To a degree. Would i suggest Mr Aldrich is a scapegoat as you allude? Thats a 50-50 call. Is anyone suggesting impropriety. NO.However the reason I am suggesting an Exit Audit is it would be prudent for this board to understand that at this time it is particulary imperative that they insure that any misconstrued or erstwhile creative accounting be trued up and corrected regardless of WHOSE fault it is. It would also behoove them to have a fresh set of eyes to review the information and give them a different perspective. Understand also regardless of WHO has been in the Sups seat , that seat has been revolving & only one or two constants have been on the board for any extended period of time. The only constants over the course of the past few years HAVE been Mr Aldrich, Brian Fagan and Rich Diblasio.Lets just put it this way if my finance guy was leaving i would insist on a review of the books just to insure the NEXT person i hired didnt have to play "what the hell was he thinking : in trying to figure out what transpired. If there are any glaring issues then they need to be resolved before someone else comes into the fold. Does the LEADERSHIP espouse "the end justifies the means"? Depends on which side of accounting philosophy your standing on! IF nothing else Seaford is guilty of REACTIVe accounting not PROACTIVE financial management .
Chris Wendt July 23, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Your audit firm is probably in the middle of its audit at this time. I am sure they are aware of Kenny's departure, and thus this is an exit audit.
Lorraine DeVita July 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I wonder if the SD's leadership forethought to downsize the postion and title - recatorgorizing it as a Director of FINANCE or Finance Manager - in keeping with some of the other districts on the island- A cost saving measure both short and long term . Additonaly it would be prudent to have the Audit committee members from the community review the candidates much like the "inclusion" method used for the new pricipal search. The one little irritating issue is once again Conboy running to his mentor at Scope for guidance and assistance and the district having to pay a fee to our PREVIOUS Superintedents company ...... If the guy was so great why is he gone? lol.. makes ya think doesnt it?

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