- Seaford Union Free School District
Experienced Accountant is Seaford’s New Business Chief
After nearly three decades assisting school districts across Long Island with their auditing needs, Rhonda Meserole is moving to the other side of the desk. She is the new assistant superintendent for business and operations in the Seaford School District.
Ms. Meserole, a certified public accountant, was a partner in an accounting firm that specialized in governmental auditing. She worked with villages, school districts, libraries, fire districts and water districts as an internal and external auditor. Internal auditors analyze financial controls and perform risk assessments in all operational areas, while an external auditor opines on an entity’s financial statements.
Her years as an auditor led her to work with more than two dozen school systems on Long Island, including Seaford and other neighboring districts. She learned about the operations of many different departments, from academic to support services. Ms. Meserole also gained intricate knowledge about state funding and federal grants.
Having worked in a family practice, Ms. Meserole said she was drawn to Seaford because it is a close-knit, family-oriented community. She also is excited to work with a caring and dedicated board of education that takes its fiscal oversight duties very seriously and to lead a hard-working and knowledgeable team within the business office.
Ms. Meserole holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hofstra University along with a master’s degree and advanced certificate in educational administration from C.W. Post (now LIU Post), which she earned in the 1990s and “kept it in my back pocket until I found the right place.” She completed her 400-hour administrative internship in her home school district, Half Hollow Hills.
In addition to managing a $73 million budget and developing future budgets, she oversees the facilities department, school food services, transportation and works closely with the district’s auditing firms. She also co-chairs the transportation committee and is a member of the COVID-19 task force for re-opening schools.
“I am very excited to join the Seaford School District and experience the true meaning of ‘Seaford Pride,’” she said. “I think my experience will be an asset to the district.”