The Treasurer is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the School District and works collaboratively with the Superintendent of Schools but reports directly to the Board of Education. The Treasurer, by State Statute, also serves as the Secretary to the Board of Education.
In the Treasurer’s Office, we have three (3) primary goals. First, we strive to be responsible stewards of the public dollars entrusted to our district by the Kenston community by ensuring financial accountability and transparency. Second, we serve and support our dedicated staff as they carry out their various responsibilities in providing a high-quality education, which is continuously recognized by the Department of Education of the State of Ohio. Finally, we provide the Kenston Board of Education and the Administration an articulated, thorough and comprehensive assessment of the district’s financial condition, which allows for decisions to be made related to the education of children while understanding the financial implications of such decisions.
The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for the accounting of all financial transactions of the School District pursuant to applicable State and Federal laws in accordance with District Policies and Administrative Guidelines. In the performance of its duties, the Kenston Local School District has earned a Moody’s rating of “Aa1” and received the Ohio Auditor of State Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting in 16 of the past 17 years. The District also annually receives the Certificate of Achievement for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
Our highest priority in the Treasurer’s Office is to provide excellent service and support not only to the Board of Education and all District staff; but also, to the students, parents and the communities of Auburn Township and Bainbridge Township. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the finances of the District, please feel free to call me at 440-543-9677.
Paul J. Pestello