The South Orangetown Central School District welcomes Michael Vespi as its incoming School Business Administrator, effective July 1, 2021. His appointment was approved by the Board of Education on June 3. Vespi will directly oversee the District’s fiscal affairs, as well as facilities, food service and transportation.
Over the past 16 years, Vespi has played an integral role in the management, supervision and strategic planning of school business services and analytics. From 2017 to present, he advised more than 95 New York State school districts on budget planning and development as a senior analytics advisor at Forecast5 Analytics. Previous to that post, Vespi served as assistant superintendent for business services in the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District for 10 years and coordinated all aspects of budget development, operations, technology infrastructure, purchasing and capital projects. His prior experience includes business administrator roles with two school districts and serving as a middle school math teacher and department chair.
In addition, Vespi currently teaches long-range financial planning and strategic planning courses for the Association of School Business Officials of New York and is an adjunct professor at The College of Saint Rose, where he mentors future school district business leaders through the certification process.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business/Public Management from the SUNY Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in Special Education from Syracuse University, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY Oswego. He also has earned a School District Administrator Certificate and is certified to teach Business and Distributive Education (grades 7-12), Special Education (grades K-12) and Elementary Education (grades K-6). He received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after four years of service.
“Mike brings a wealth of experience to this position and will be a tremendous asset to our District as we move forward with strategic and master capital planning,” noted Superintendent of Schools Robert Pritchard, Ed.D. “I’m proud of our District’s fiscal strength and stability and want to acknowledge Kleo Girandola for her hard work, dedication and leadership during our budget development process this spring.”
Girandola recently accepted a school business administrator position with another school district and will depart at the end of June.