Jeff Malloch, Director of Finance, Comstock Park Public Schools
Photo: Jeff Malloch in his presentation on analyzing and aligning expenditures.
Jeff is relatively new to the school finance field and to his district, Comstock Park. In order to get up to speed, Jeff used Eidex to educate himself on the district and how it compared to other districts
He reviewed enrollment, revenues, expenditures, operating surplus/ deficit, and fund balance. Jeff used the data for budget development as well as employee negotiations. His peer group development was similar to Tom’s; he used a combination of enrollment and free/reduced price lunch % in area districts similar to Comstock Park.
Jeff broke expenditures into functional categories, allowing him to drill down into greater object detail for additional analysis. Jeff also focused on non- classroom areas to determine opportunities for reallocating resources. His analysis resulted in a focused budget development process that enabled the district to address current financial challenges. These tools and processes provide a solid foundation for developing next year’s budget.
Jeff also had to address contract negotiations in his first year at Comstock Park. Again, he went to the data and prepared an analysis that demonstrated fairly and accurately the district’s financial position and how the district compared to peers. The result was a reasonable settlement that allowed the district to provide the compensation they could afford while staying within the resources available.