Director of Financial and Operational Services

  • Financial Services
    Contact Information
    Mrs. Dana Kirk
    Phone: (724)-625-7773, ext. 6303


    Mrs. Dana Kirk has been with the Pine-Richland School District since May 2003. 

    She began as assistant business manager and was promoted to Business Manager and then director of Finance & School Services in 2010 and most recently director of Financial & Operational Services in 2013.

    She has helped the district in many facets including implementing a new software program which integrated payroll, human resources, benefits, financial accounting, purchasing, fixed asset management, and miscellaneous billing. 

    She helped manage multiple variable rate swap financing transactions and monitor compliance and cash flow and with  developing and maintaining a comprehensive construction project cost model. 

    She assisted with the implementation of a supply ordering system to provide the staff with flexibility in placing orders, eliminating the inefficiency of the bid list process and eliminating the need to manage and store most district-wide bulk purchases. Mrs. Kirk also helped develop a fiscal year-end audit documentation manual and establishing a procurement card system to provide for flexibility in payment of transactions and developed internal control procedures and guidelines accordingly.

    She also has helped with:
    • Restructuring internal controls within the business office to comply with governmental auditing standards

    • Developing & evaluating various service proposals including banking services, managing underwriter, and food service

    • Drafting & revising various school board policies

    • Implementing a remote deposit on-site system to provide for timely deposits of district funds

    • Assisting in the development of a comprehensive financial budget model


    Prior to Pine-Richland, Dana worked for Maher Duessel, Certified Public Accountants in Pittsburgh, PA from1998 through April 2003 as an auditor. While an auditor, she:
    • Managed school district, municipal & non-profit audit engagements
    • Analyzed & prepared financial statements and related disclosures for audit clients
    • Developed & prepared recommendations for improvements to clients’ internal control systems and accounting procedures
    • Prepared the annual financial report for submission to the PennsylvaniaDepartment of Education on behalf of school district audit clients
    • Prepared annual tax returns for non-profit audit clients
    • Evaluated federal expenditures for single audit engagements &  tested federal compliance requirements accordingly
    • Supervised &trained staff accountants on various engagement teams



              Pennsylvania State University – Behrend College, Erie, PA

              B.S. in Accounting & Minor in Management

              Graduated with distinction: May 1998



    Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants

    Pennsylvania School Business Officials - Served as a chapter office of the West Central Chapter for five years

    Served as a presenter for various business/finance courses since 2007