The Huntington School District is in a “robust” financial position according to a recently released report by Moody’s Investors Service. The district has a “negligible” debt burden and a “very healthy” tax base.
A recent fiscal stress test performed by the New York State Comptroller has concluded the Huntington School District is in a strong financial position. The district earned the highest designation possible within the state’s monitoring system.
The Huntington School District’s repair reserve fund holds nearly $363,000. The fund was created by the Huntington School Board on February 12, 2007 and originally capitalized through a dedicated line in the budget approved by district residents in May 2008. The fund is used to pay for unanticipated, non-recurring repairs to facilities and equipment.
The Huntington School District’s long-term debt continued to drop during the 2016/17 school year. The current amount is among the lowest of any comparably sized district on Long Island.
The Huntington School District has received an excellent independent financial audit from Cullen & Danowski, LLP, certified public accountants based in Port Jefferson Station. The firm conducted an extensive examination and review of the district’s financial books, records and internal control procedures.
Huntington School Board members have voted 6-0 to confirm allocations of surplus monies from the 2016/17 budget to the district’s reserve funds.
As a result of higher than anticipated assessed valuation, Huntington School District taxpayers are getting a break. The Huntington School Board voted unanimously to set the 2017/18 tax rate below projections issued last spring when residents approved the school budget.
Teacher's Bargaining Unit
Principal's Bargaining Unit
Chairperson's Bargaining Unit
Aides, Monitors, Assistants Unit and Study Hall and Hallway Assistants Unit
Buildings and Grounds Worker's Unit
Food Service Worker's Unit
The office of the assistant superintendent for finance and management services is responsible for a variety of programs and functions, all vital to the smooth operation of the Huntington School District and the services it provides to students and the community.
The office is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the district’s budget, business functions that support instructional and non-instructional programs and initiatives, payroll, accounts payable, purchasing, general accounting and benefits management, facilities maintenance and operations, capital project planning and management, food service and cafeteria programs, bus transportation, administrative data processing and the district’s computer network, technological infrastructure and the daily maintenance of hardware and software.
The office also works with internal and external auditors as well as state and federal auditors and helps prepare the district’s annual financial statements.
Kathleen Acker has been the Huntington School District’s assistant superintendent for finance and management services since August 2015.
Ms. Acker obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in management at Long Island University-C.W. Post College and a Master of Science in technological systems management at SUNY Stony Brook. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in administration and supervision in May 2018 at St. John’s University. Her doctoral dissertation was titled “Pedagogical Beliefs and Practices in the 1:1 Classroom: An Exploratory Case Study.”
Ms. Acker holds an advanced graduate certificate in school district administration from Stony Brook. She obtained state certification as a business teacher through Dowling College.
Prior to assuming her position in Huntington, Ms. Acker was principal of Walt Whitman High School for five years and assistant principal for six years. She earlier worked as a business education teacher at Walt Whitman for six years, simultaneously holding down duties as the coordinator of the school to career and technology integration mentor programs. She was the South Huntington School District’s and Suffolk County Business Teacher Association’s Teacher of the Year in 2005.
Before embarking on a career in education, Ms. Acker worked for Grumman Data Systems in Woodbury for nine years as an analyst and as the chief executive officer and president of KC Awning Maintenance Co., Inc. in Blue Point for seven years.
Ms. Acker is a member of the New York State Association of School Business Officials, Association of School Business Officials International and the Suffolk County Association of School Business Officials.
Kim Zelman, Secretary for Finance and Management
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