Posted by Wyckoff Schools Today at 12/20/2016
After working with the district for 15 years, the Wyckoff Business Administrator, Alan Reiffe, will retire in January. When asked about his retirement, Reiffe explained, “I love my job. I will miss the people. I will miss being around the students and watching them perform. And, I will miss being able to use my position to ensure that the teachers have the financial support that they need to enable them to continue the excellent work they do in educating all of the district’s students. There is so much I will miss.”
As the Business Administrator, Reiffe has a history of helping the district maintain financial security. He has received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from Association of School Business Officials International for 13 years in a row. He is striving to attain the certificate for his final year with the district.
Prior to his work with the district, Reiffe served as a Certified Public Accountant and licensed Public School Accountant. He continues to use his experience to make sure the schools funds remain in check. “It’s important that we maintain a series of checks and balances to see that funds are spent wisely. We use fund balances to help offset taxes.”
Under Reiffe’s guidance, the district has also been able to maintain its quality educational services within the State’s mandated 2 percent cost increase limitations. He is particularly proud of the fact that he has managed to fund the district’s annual maintenance and improvement projects, including most recently electrical upgrades to all of the schools to support the installation of air conditioning in the hottest parts of the school buildings, despite the limitations imposed by the 2 percent cap.
Reiffe visits the five schools in the district as often as he can so that he can see the fruits of his hard work. “I’ve been around a lot of districts. This is one of the top districts anyhwere. We have great administrators and great teachers. The students are very lucky to be under the tutelage of such great minds.” And, Reiffe gets to watch the students continue to excel on his visits.
Reiffe will be enjoying his retirement with his wife, Helene, in Florida. Instead of crunching numbers, he will be reading at least two books a month, playing tennis, taking piano lessons, bike ride, and enjoying the new scenery, including becoming a Miami Dolphins fan.
He has two sons who each have two sons of their own and are living in Bergen and Essex counties. His family will be visiting often to enjoy time with their father and grandfather.
The Board has named Patricia Salvati as Reiffe’s successor. She will begin her work in mid-December, which is when Reiffe will complete his work in the district. He will be assisting in the transition and ensuring the Wyckoff continues its excellence in financial standing.
Read more about Alan Reiffe's work with the district and retirement here.