SARASOTA, FL – In response to significant school growth over the past two years and the resulting need for more comprehensive financial services, the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School has restructured its business operations and added staff to its team. These changes are the culmination of a long-term strategic plan implemented by the organization in order to achieve business and process efficiencies, ensure procedural and legal integrity, and streamline the business operations of the school.
This caps a two-year effort that began when Community Day School became an independent entity. Previous steps included establishing a board of trustees, the formation of a financial oversight committee, hiring a reputable firm to assist with various financial functions, and the integration of all business systems at the school.
Community Day School has signed an agreement naming Kerkering, Barberio & Co. as its Outsourced CFO Service and Accounting firm of record. The school had already been working with KB & Co. for various financial needs but the school’s growth required more comprehensive services. Jennifer Glassmoyer, CPA, of KB & Co. has been elevated from director of outsourced accounting to CFO, a new position for the organization. She will be on-site at the school throughout the week.
The school has also made some staffing changes to bolster its operations. Admissions manager Amy Meese, who worked for more than a decade in leadership roles with Sarasota County and then operated her own consulting business for several years prior to coming to Community Day, has been promoted to director of admissions and school operations. In this role she will oversee the admissions team and financial aid processes, and provide leadership for the non-academic operations.
Divina Elan has been hired as admissions and business systems coordinator. In this role she will serve as the parent contact with regard to financial accounts. Elan, who earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University, previously worked as a consultant with the Florida House Institute and a program coordinator with the Multicultural Health Institute.
The school is also currently seeking part-time human resources services to address the business needs related to staffing and benefits.
“These changes will help us adhere to financial and legal best practices, will better distribute the responsibility for various business operations to the best-qualified professionals, and enable us to provide even more attentive and responsive customer service to our school families,” said head of school Dan Ceaser. “Further, we added a career CFO to our board and will benefit from his expertise. Our restructuring is the result of careful planning and execution – I am grateful to our board of trustees for its leadership and our staff for its dedication and hard work.”
The Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, which serves students in preschool through eighth grade, is a Jewish day school that welcomes students of all faiths. For more information, go to communityday.org or call (941) 552-2770.
About Hershorin Schiff Community Day School
The mission of the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, which serves students in preschool through eighth grade, is to prepare students of all faiths to impact the world through academic excellence, global citizenship, and compassionate action. Community Day offers a rigorous, project-based academic program in a diverse and vibrant learning environment rooted in the Jewish values of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and respect. For more information, visit the website at communityday.org or call (941) 552-2770.