Treasurer/CFO, Andrew Geistfeld
Mr. Geistfeld joined the Upper Arlington City Schools as Treasurer/Chief Finance Officer in November 2005. Prior to joining Upper Arlington, he was the Treasurer of the Olentangy Local School District in Delaware County. Mr. Geistfeld has served in public school districts since 2001 in various capacities. Before working for public schools he worked in the private sector as a Senior Manager with the accounting firm, KPMG.
Throughout his time in education, Mr. Geistfeld has been committed to being a good steward of public funds. He is Past-President of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and a member in the Government Finance Officers Association.
Mr. Geistfeld is a graduate of the Upper Arlington City Schools. He received a Master of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He also is a certified public accountant.
Leaner Costs and Great Results: Efficiency Project Update
When we launched the Efficiency Project in August, I knew our commitment to improve the district’s bottom line by $4.5 million by the summer of 2017 would take a lot of work. Our goal is to explore ways in which our school district can operate more cost-effectively, while the same time, continue to offer high quality education and opportunities for our students.
For the past several months, I have had the pleasure of working with a group of dedicated residents who are also experts in various fields of business. The Efficiency Task Force has spent many weekend and evening hours together poring over financial data and touring district facilities. Chris Potts, the district’s executive director of business services, has been with us every step of the way, and both of us have been extremely impressed with the level of dedication from our volunteers.
While our group has been working for some time, we recently added a new dimension to our goals. As the district mapped out its new private-sector model for strategic planning, it became clear that financial efficiency and productivity needed to be a key element to our district’s plans for the future. The Efficiency Task Force has gladly stepped up to fulfill this important role.
In May the chair of our task force, Wade Steen, provided an update on the group’s work to the Board of Education. He’ll return to the board in July to present final recommendations as part of the district’s overall strategic planning effort.
I thank Mr. Steen and all of our volunteers for their commitment to this work and to our schools. They have asked tough questions, shared innovations in their own fields and they have truly delved into the details to explore every option for our district. This work will be a huge help to our district as we continue toward our efficiency goals – progress that will benefit our entire community.
SPECIAL THANKS TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Bradley Campbell
- Kevin Diday
- Jennifer Griffith
- Michael Jasen
- Jeremy Kelly
- Wade Steen
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