Stephen Meier reappointed to a one-year term as interim business administrator at RCS

Stephen Meier, who has been the RCS business administrator since Sept. 30, 2013, has been reappointed a third time as the interim business administrator for the school district.

The vote was unanimous. Board members Teddy Reville and Tina Furst-Hotaling were absent.

His per-diem salary is $550 with no benefits. The appointment is effected until June 30, 2016.

“I’m too young to officially retire and not do anything,” Meier, then age 60, said when he was appointed at RCS almost two years ago. He had completed a nine-year stint as the Glens Falls director of business affairs.

“School districts are labor intensive operations. We need to control the costs that we can and still provide the quality education that is necessary and that taxpayers and parents should expect,” he said then, summarizing the largest challenge facing business administrators during these tough fiscal times. “That is the balance that is necessary to reach.”

During his time at RCS, Meier has been instrumental in two successful budget passages, this year’s successful May vote to purchase buses and sell the Thatcher Street property and the January approval of the two capital projects totaling $30.09 million.

Before his work at Glens Falls schools, Meier worked as the cooperative business manager for the St. Lawrence County BOCES, in which he managed a shared business office for seven school districts. From 1985-2000, he was the assistant treasurer and audit manager for Arrow Financial Corporation – Glens Falls National Bank.

Meier, who grew up in Poughkeepsie and was one of seven children, holds a masters in business administration in financial management from Pace University Graduate School of Management (Pleasantville, NY) and a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration with an accounting concentration from Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY).

He has served as treasurer at Caritas of Glens Falls, an organization that provides respite and non-medical care to seriously and terminally ill individuals and their families in the greater Glens Falls area. He also serves on the Board of Directors at the Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center, which provides mental health services to children, adolescents and adults in the Warren, Washington, Essex and Saratoga counties.

He and his wife, Debra, live in Queensbury. They have two grown children: Chrissy and Steven.