Nicholle Mezier

Reminder: School District Website Transparency

As districts prepare for the budget vote, it is important that voters can readily read about their school district’s financial information in order to make informed decisions. In March 2021, the NYS Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) issued a report titled “School...

Executive Sessions: Questions and Answers

What is an executive session? An executive session is the portion of the school board meeting that is not open to the public and is only permitted for a limited number of specific purposes. Who can enter into an executive session? Board of Education (school board)...

McKinney-Vento and Foster Care Students: Strategies for maximizing revenues and reducing expenditures

According to the New York State Education Department, there were approximately 143,500 homeless students attending public and charter schools in the state of New York during the 2019-2020 school year. This is an approximate 66% increase since the 2009-2010 school...

COVID-19 Updated Guidelines-School Districts

The COVID-19 Pandemic has left more questions than answers. Recently, the New York State Department of Health released updated guidance regarding COVID-19 policies and procedures. New York State is responsible for adhering to federal guidelines set forth by the...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Promotions and a Growing Team!

Cerini & Associates, LLP Announces Promotions and a Growing Team Contact: Kelli-Anne Cerini Marketing Coordinator Cerini & Associates, LLP P: 631-582-1600 ext. 401 E: kacerini@cerinicpa.com July 15, 2021 – Bohemia, NY – Cerini & Associates, LLP, a leading...

Chromebook Inventory Best Practices

The pandemic left many districts scrambling to provide remote education. When the pandemic hit, many districts did not have a full 1:1 device initiative in place. In turn, districts were forced to react quickly, providing teachers, staff, and students with whatever...

Maximizing Revenue and Minimizing Costs: Best practices and options to consider

School districts across the State are faced with increased expenses at the same time the State is cutting aid. While it is still unclear how the proposed 20% decrease in State aid is going to be dispersed, it’s clear that there will be less revenue.

Feeding students During COVID-19

In mid-March, when Governor Cuomo closed all New York State schools because of COVID-19, he mandated that every school district continue to supply meals to students. Schools comply with this directive using one of two USDA FNS programs. If the district has participated in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), it can enroll in that. For schools that have not enrolled in SFSP, those schools can enroll in the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

New York State Shared Work Plan: A Strategy to Reduce Lay Offs

These are most certainly very strange and difficult times. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced many businesses to make very tough decisions recently. Some have had to shutter their doors as the virus continues to spread across the State while others have had...

Are You Being Overcharged?

Utility and telecom bills are voluminous, which makes it difficult to perform a full review of all the charges that are listed. If you take a deeper look, you may be surprised to see hidden fees and/or taxes buried in these massive invoices. That being said, school...
Reminder: School District Website Transparency

Reminder: School District Website Transparency

As districts prepare for the budget vote, it is important that voters can readily read about their school district’s financial information in order to make informed decisions. In March 2021, the NYS Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) issued a report titled “School...

read more
Executive Sessions: Questions and Answers

Executive Sessions: Questions and Answers

What is an executive session? An executive session is the portion of the school board meeting that is not open to the public and is only permitted for a limited number of specific purposes. Who can enter into an executive session? Board of Education (school board)...

read more
COVID-19 Updated Guidelines-School Districts

COVID-19 Updated Guidelines-School Districts

The COVID-19 Pandemic has left more questions than answers. Recently, the New York State Department of Health released updated guidance regarding COVID-19 policies and procedures. New York State is responsible for adhering to federal guidelines set forth by the...

read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Promotions and a Growing Team!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Promotions and a Growing Team!

Cerini & Associates, LLP Announces Promotions and a Growing Team Contact: Kelli-Anne Cerini Marketing Coordinator Cerini & Associates, LLP P: 631-582-1600 ext. 401 E: kacerini@cerinicpa.com July 15, 2021 – Bohemia, NY – Cerini & Associates, LLP, a leading...

read more
Chromebook Inventory Best Practices

Chromebook Inventory Best Practices

The pandemic left many districts scrambling to provide remote education. When the pandemic hit, many districts did not have a full 1:1 device initiative in place. In turn, districts were forced to react quickly, providing teachers, staff, and students with whatever...

read more
Feeding students  During COVID-19

Feeding students During COVID-19

In mid-March, when Governor Cuomo closed all New York State schools because of COVID-19, he mandated that every school district continue to supply meals to students. Schools comply with this directive using one of two USDA FNS programs. If the district has participated in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), it can enroll in that. For schools that have not enrolled in SFSP, those schools can enroll in the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

read more
New York State Shared Work Plan: A Strategy to Reduce Lay Offs

New York State Shared Work Plan: A Strategy to Reduce Lay Offs

These are most certainly very strange and difficult times. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced many businesses to make very tough decisions recently. Some have had to shutter their doors as the virus continues to spread across the State while others have had...

read more