South Orangetown Central School District

Business Office

The Business Office focuses on efficient and effective operations that support a high-quality, K-12 educational program while being fiscally responsible and accountable to South Orangetown taxpayers. Our office oversees district budget development and implementation, purchasing, payroll, and the operations of Facilities, Food Service and Transportation.

June 30, 2018 Audited Financial Statements

Dear School Community,

I wanted to share some good news with you regarding the outcome of our annual audit and the issuance of our financial statements for fiscal year 2017-2018. Once again, the external auditors reported no deficiencies or weaknesses in our internal controls over the District’s financial processes. We continue to provide the oversight, controls, and effective practices that guarantee our financial resources are allocated and used appropriately to support our educational program and operational aspects of the school district.

I would like to share some key highlights on the District’s strong financial position with you:

  • The Board of Education and District Administration continue to utilize our long range planning process to strategically ensure our school district is financially stable for the long term. This has allowed us to maximize our fund balance dollars that can be used to offset any potential, negative impacts to our financial plan (i.e. decreases in State Aid, unexpected emergencies, uncontrollable cost increases) and protect the highly quality program and opportunities we offer our students. For the 2017-2018, fiscal year due to our financial performance, we were able to maintain a maximum 4% unassigned fund balance as allowed by Law.
  • The District replenished our reserve balances by distributing approximately $4.0 million into these reserves established for various legal purposes. Our reserves are another avenue that can be used to offset increased expense in the current year’s operating budget.
  • Total assets are four (4) times greater than our total liabilities.

Also, due to a new accounting requirement (GASB 75), the District is now required to record the full amount of the post-employment benefits (OPEB) liability in one year instead of the previous requirement (GASB 45) which required school districts to spread the full amount of this liability across many years (i.e. 30 years). As a result, the 2017-2018 financial statements reflected a negative net position. Many school districts are experiencing the same impact to their net positions. Please know that the negative net position in no manner affects our actual, operating financial plan, nor our credit rating with credit agencies, like Moody’s.

Please click the link below to view the audit and financial statements. As a reader of the statement, you may want to focus your attention on page 18 which best reflects our strong financial performance.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to give the Business Office a call at (845) 680-1005.

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to collaboratively working with you,

Alicia D. Koster
School Business Administrator


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Business Office
160 Van Wyck Road
Blauvelt, NY 10913
Fax: (845) 680-1901

Alicia Koster
School Business Administrator
(845) 680-1005

Laura Zarcone
Supervisor of Fiscal Services, District Treasurer
(845) 680-1008

Loretta Haugh
Accountant II/School Lunch/Grants
(845) 680-1007

Diane Cody
Accounts Payable
(845) 680-1004

Rita Rusak
(845) 680-1001

Candace Perkins
(845) 680-1039

Michele Davis
Administrative Secretary
(845) 680-1002