Business Office

  • The business office is committed to providing sound financial management. The District believes that as the stewards of taxpayer money, it is imperative to manage district operations and resources transparently and responsibly to ensure the fiscal integrity of the taxpayers' investment. Critical functions of the business office are as follows:

    • Budgeting
    • Accounting
    • Accounts payable
    • Accounts receivable
    • Risk management
    • Purchasing
    • Capital improvement projects

    In addition, the business office oversees several areas of operations, including buildings and grounds, transportation, and food services. 

    One of the responsibilities of the business office is working in partnership with the board of school directors to develop an annual budget. The budget acts as the financial blueprint for the District to provide quality instruction and educational programs for all students to achieve academic excellence. At Elizabethtown, the school directors and administration have made fiscal responsibility and accountability their highest priority while at the same time maintaining a budget process that is instructional driven. Each year, the directors and the superintendent are responsible for adopting a budget that will ensure quality education for all students and financial stability with available resources.

    The District's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Therefore, the District begins developing the budget for the subsequent year, typically in early September. This process entails teachers and administrators submitting expenditure estimates of what they will need for the following school year. These projections include costs for supplies, equipment, books, and other materials. In addition, the business office forecasts revenues, hiring needs, and district-wide expenses, including fuel, electricity, water, sewer, debt payments, transportation, and insurance.

    Business Office Contacts:

    • Dan Forry - Chief Finance and Operations Officer
    • Catherine McGowan Pennebaker - Accountant
    • Donna Melton - Accounts Payable
    • Kathy Crawford - Purchasing & Taxes
    • Phone: 717-367-1521
    • Fax: 717-361-7079

    Tax Office Contact:

    • Email: taxes@etownschools.org
    • Phone: 717-367-1521
    • Fax: 717-361-7079