About Joseph Tramontana
Mr.Tramontana is the Education and Chief Financial Officer for OnPoint Education
Joseph J Tramontana is from Hamilton Township New Jersey. Mr. Tramontana is a proven leader in government and education. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for On Point Education Network. On Point manages charter schools and private schools all over the United States. They also revitalize failing schools by successfully managing their finances. Mr. Tramontana has over two decades of executive level experience in government and public schools. Joseph Tramontana served as Business Administrator/Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Director for the Hamilton Township School District. Hamilton is the seventh largest school district in the State Of New Jersey. There are approximately 14,000 students and 1,800 employees. The budget in Hamilton is over two hundred million dollars. The school district is over forty square miles while the Township has a population of over 90,000 people. The operation of the school district is vast and complex. Mr. Tramontana directly supervised twenty executive level workers in the business department, while the entire department had over 300 workers. The business office consisted of the Finance Department, Facilities Department, Technology and Operations. Despite the vast size of this department Joseph Tramontana was able to achieve a great deal of success.
Mr. Tramontana’s achievements include a AAA Bond rating from Standard and Poor’s which is well known as a premiere agency. They indicated in their report that Mr. Tramontana demonstrated strong financial leadership. Furthermore, Joseph Tramontana delivered perfect audits during his employment with the school district. These comprehensive audits were six month reviews of virtually every major financial category. An unqualified rating is considered to be the highest possible rating. Joseph Tramontana was also responsible for reducing benefit cost by 500k by switching the district to a noted health care alliance. This resulted in the same excellent coverage at a reduced rate. Mr. Tramontana also is a qualified purchasing agent holding a QPA license. In his capacity as the purchasing agent he updated the districts antiquated purchasing system. The old method of purchasing was very fragmented. Departments were not purchasing in a centralized manner. This meant that each department were following different rules and regulations. Centralized purchasing assured the district were following the same procedures allowing the purchasing department to document and verify they were in compliance. Mr. Tramontana also put out to public bid several professional service contracts for the first time in a decade. By rewriting several bid specification, he saved the district millions of dollars in uneccessary expenses.
Joseph Tramontana was also able to secure additional education grants while significantly reducing utility costs. Mr. Tramontana initated a district wide energy conservation program that ended up saving the district over 12 million dollars. The program consisted of a six month audit of energy usage and past practices. The result of the audit indicated the district could save substantial costs by replacing boilers in addition to installing energy sensors. Essentially the Department of Education gave the district 15 million in order to upgrade its boilers and thermostats. The savings would end up paying off the expenses related to the grant and all the new equipment. The district will significantly save utility costs in the future.
Mr. Tramontana was recognized by the New Jersey School Board Association Insurance Group for his outstanding educational leadership in the area of risk management. The NJSAIG gave the district nearly $500,000 in grants for its award winning safety program. The district’s related to injuries were cut by nearly one million dollars. This was accomplished by holding regular safety meetings with administrators, union leaders, and staff. Employees were also recognized for helping achieve a safe work environment.
Improving employee attendance was another area that Mr. Tramontana took on as the district’s school business administrator. For year’s employees in the district would use of the entire allotment of sick days and in many cases they were not really ill. This unfortunately led to extreme overtime costs. Mr. Tramontana took a positive approach to the issue. Meetings were held around the district identifying the employees that had attendance issues. Then a forward looking plan was put in place. Quarterly attendance reviews were performed. If there was a spike in sick leave abuse, meetings were held immediately. If there was a legitimate illness it was documented and verified. It is also important to have a positive approach to this issue. Employees that improved attendance related issues were given rewards. The project was an outstanding success. Employees, that were chronic abusers for years, now had perfect attendance. The district wins in two ways. Of course, over time costs were dramatically reduced, but having a qualified employee on the job every day is priceless.
Joseph Tramontana also instituted an employee recognition program in order to improve morale and job performance. This program consisted of a panel of union members and administrators that reviewed applicants to be recognized for employee of the quarter. Winners were recognized publicly in front of their peers and given a lunch and plaque. The program was a resounding success and well received by the employees. In the public sector it is hard to compensate hard working employees, but they can be appreciated and recognized. Mr. Tramontana also developed an employee manual that reflected important employee laws and benefits. This manual was an instant success and is still used today, considered an invaluable resource. Mr. Tramontana also served as the district’s chief labor negotiator. In this capacity he negotiated complex contracts with some of the state’s most powerful labor unions. The completed contracts were a benefit for management and the board. They were always completed below statewide and local averages and resulted in significant labor givebacks. In addition, they were completed on time with little employee unrest. This is a significant achievement today where you read about a great deal of union and management conflict.
Joseph Tramontana is also an expert at health benefit administration. He saved the district over two million dollars in managing the district’s insurance program. This was accomplished by joining a health care alliance that pooled the district’s aging population together with district’s that had younger employees. This means that higher claims which were the result of older employees were blended with the quality of younger employees. This simply means that younger employees that get sick less were combined with older employees that get sick more. This reduces employee claims saving the district substantial cost.