Course Details: OASBO 2020 AC Fast Fiscal Facts - Communicating Financial Information
Target Audiences: School Districts
This course will provide an overview about how to present fiscal information to citizens and stakeholders of school districts and similar political subdivisions in a straightforward manner using specific examples developed by the presenter for communicating to the citizenry of the Orange City School District.
1The course will provide guidance for local government fiscal leaders about how to communicate meaningful fiscal information about in an accurate, concise and precise manner. Actual presentation examples will be analyzed and dissected.
Stakeholder communication is the obligation of every political subdivision. Citizens deserve concise and precise communications about fiscal matters from fiscal officers in everyday language they can understand. Such communication underpins democratic processes and governmental accountability.
Todd Puster has more than 25 years of experience serving as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Ohio school districts. He currently serves as Treasurer/CFO of the Orange City School District. His career includes service as Treasurer/CFO to the following school districts: East Liverpool City, Streetsboro City, Ashland City and West Geauga Local.
Todd has been involved in more than $100 million worth of school construction and renovation projects during his career, including East Liverpool’s $43 million classroom facilities renovation project and $2 million non-classroom facilities program. His foresight in the early days of Ohio’s school facilities program allowed the Streetsboro City School District where he worked to lock in 35% reimbursement share for a comprehensive facilities master plan in 2002. Due to changing demographics in that school district, waiting some 10 years for that school district to take its turn in the program would have resulted in State share of about 15%. This foresight saved local taxpayers more than $15 million for a $68 million project.
Todd has demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in financial reporting and accountability over his career. The Auditor of State has twice recognized Todd and the school districts he has served for excellence. He received the “Auditor of State Award” for the Fiscal Year 2011-2012, Fiscal Year 2012-2013 and Fiscal Year 2013-2014 East Liverpool City School District audits. He previously received the “Making Your Tax Dollars Count Award.” The awards are among the highest tributes a local fiscal officer can receive from the Auditor of State. These awards recognize Ohio public offices that achieve three
benchmarks: outstanding financial reporting, having no legal non-compliance citations and having no findings for recovery of misspent money.
Todd has worked through his professional organizations on various financial improvement efforts. For example, he was directly involved in a legislative task force that worked out implementing details for what has become the Ohio school district five-year forecast. He is regularly asked to share his expertise about financial forecasting and analysis with various education management groups and community groups. Statewide organizations to which Todd has presented include the Ohio School Boards Association, Ohio Association of School Business Officials and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.
Todd received his master’s degree in business administration from Kent State University and is an alumni association member. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. He has participated in various post-graduate education programs through Ashland University and continuing education programs through professional organizations.