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Business Office/Finance


The Business Department is responsible for the overall fiscal management of the District. This includes budget preparation, payroll processing and reporting, purchasing of goods and services and accounts payable/receivable. 

Menlo Park City School District is a community-funded district with approximately $72 million annual operating budget for 2023-24 fiscal year. The District serves approximately 2,800 children across Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto, and unincorporated San Mateo County with staffing of about 400 employees.

Approximately 88% of the total revenue is from local sources. Local property taxes make up the majority of the District’s revenue. The District also receives substantial support from the community in the form of parcel taxes and contributions to both the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) and each school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). This support is critical to making our school district the unique district that it is with excellent teachers and programs and low student to teacher ratios.  Only a minimal amount of funding is received from federal and state sources. 

Learn more about the District’s budget and to access key financial reports and information on the District’s Interactive Financial Portal


Marites Fermin
Chief Business Officer
(650) 321-7140 x5614

Wendy Valencia
Administrative Assistant to the Chief Business Officer & Benefits Technician
(650) 321-7140 x5611

Dani Ly
Budget/Fiscal Analyst
(650) 321-7140 x5615

Hope Culp
Accounting Technician - Payroll Technician
(650) 321-7140 x5608

Mischelle Lal
Accounting Technician - Accounts Payable
(650) 321-7140 x5609

Debi Rice
Business Office Assistant/Food & Nutrition Specialist
(650) 321-7140 x5616