Treasurer and Financial Services


District Treasurer & Finances

Our Fiscal Beliefs

We believe it is prudent to have a cash reserve that is no less than 60 true days' cash. This is a long-term goal that will take time, deliberative discussion and a great deal of planning, which will be accomplished by focusing on the following fiscal principles:

  1. Every dollar spent must add value to teaching and learning and there are management options attached to all expenditures.
  2. All fiscal decisions will be made in the context of the five-year forecast.
  3. We will focus on managing expenses and diligently avoid deficit spending.
  4. Long range strategic planning for curriculum, technology and capital improvements must be continuously updated and followed.

About the Office of the Treasurer & Financial Services

The CFO/Treasurer reports directly to the Board of Education. The Treasurer and Superintendent are the only district employees who report directly to the Board.

The Treasurer acts as financial manager, provides sound financial guidance, and collaborates with district leadership in resource management and allocations.

The Office of the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer encompasses a multitude of responsibilities and roles that include:

  • Accounting and financial reporting
  • Payroll
  • Investments and debt management
  • Financial policies
  • Capital assets
  • Board minutes
  • Forecasting and financial communications

Contact Us

Phone: (614) 479-1312
Fax: (614) 478-5568

Payroll & Benefit Department

Classified & Substitute Employees
Justine McKenna, (614) 545-9262

Certificated & Admin. Employees
Kay Melaragno, (614) 416-5696

Accounts Payable
Brenda Eckard, (614) 479-1311

Student Activities
Bert Ward, (614) 478-5536

Of the 16 area school districts, GJPS has the third-lowest average levy millage rate. Similarly, GJPS operates within a FY2016 general fund expense budget of  $81.5 million.

  — Source: Franklin County Auditor’s Office

American Fidelity Information for Employees

How to Create your Account and Use Your Portal
How to File an FSA or DDC Claim
How to File an H.S.A Claim

Financial Reports to the Community

Five-Year Financial Forecast (PDF); Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2020 through 2024

Five-Year Financial Forecast (PDF): Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2019 through 2023

Reading a Five Year Forecast (PDF): Tips and Explanations on Understanding a School District's Forecast 

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR)

  • The GJPS Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is independently audited and often exceeds generally accepted accounting principles. It is comprised of three major sections: introductory, financial and statistical.

Additional Resource Links

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