New Mt. Pleasant school district business manager comes with vast experience
“It's a very nice district,” said new Mt. Pleasant Area School District business manager Brent Filak. “It's very different here.”
Filak was brought in to the district at the end of last year on a temporary basis to complete the annual financial report, following the resignation of the district's business manager, Tim Caudill, who resigned due to health problems.
“We saw how well be worked under pressure and we were impressed,” Mt. Pleasant Superintendent Timothy Gabauer said.
Caudill officially resigned his position at the end of January and the district found itself in need of a replacement.
Filak had previously worked for more than a year with the Uniontown Area School District. He had also performed audits for various other districts throughout the years.
Filak, who is from Belle Vernon, is a 1992 graduate of St. Vincent College, with a degree in accounting and minor in finance. He worked in the private sector for years with KPMG Peat Marwick Accounting and then decided to pursue his license to become a Certified Public Accountant.
Filak worked on auditing for different districts until he decided to become self employed.
“I did out-sourced financial management type stuff and one of my clients was the Uniontown school district,” Filak said. “I did some work for them then they offered me the job.”
When Filak left the Uniontown position, his work at the Mt. Pleasant post was to be only part time and temporary.
“I really was basically helping out two, three, four days a week, just filling in,” Filak , the administration and the board of directors.
“They are very professional, very respectful,” Filak said. “We all really developed a good working relationship and it all just fit together.”
Filak showed his expertise when he was able to not only get the needed financial report completed in a quick manner, but also put together a tentative budget that was approved.
The budget presently shows a deficit of $1.6 million and Filak said that is the area that he will be concentrating on.
The district has until June 30 to approve the budget for the 2014-2015 school year.
“The budget is by far the biggest challenge,” Filak said. “Hopefully we won't go down to the wire.”
Filak hopes to remain with the district for years and the administration is happy with the fit.
“He was able to get the annual financial report and a tentative budget put together and he didn't have a lot of time with either,” Gabauer said. “He has already impressed us with how he can work in an aggressive time frame and this was without knowing the district or our finances. We really appreciate the way that he has worked with us here in the administrative offices and we are glad that he has now joined us on a permanent basis.”
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
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