Business & Finance

The Tulpehocken Area School District Business Department oversees all financial matters for the district. The department is responsible for the development of the annual budget, receiving revenue, coordinating supply and equipment purchases and accounting for all expenditures. In addition, the business office oversees the coordination of transportation, food service, payroll and maintenance.

The Business Office is located at 27 Rehrersburg Rd, Bethel, PA 19507.


The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (“ARP ESSER”) Fund requires that each school district that receives ARP ESSER funds must develop and make publicly available on the district website, a plan for how the district will use the ARP ESSER funds. Please find the attached Grant Content Reports associated with each of the ARP ESSER funds that outlines the district’s plans to utilize these funds.

Business Office Staff


Mr. Thomas L. Kowalonek

Mr. Thomas L. Kowalonek joined the Tulpehocken Area School District in 2009.  Prior to his appointment as the Chief Financial Officer at Tulpehocken, Mr. Kowalonek served as Business Manager at both Shenadoah Valley School District and North Schuylkill School District.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Lehigh University and attended the Central Atlantic Advanced School of Banking at Bucknell University.   Mr. Kowalonek brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his years in the banking and financial services industry.  

Mr. Kowalonek has been a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials for over 25 years.

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Kowalonek is committed to ensuring that all students have access to high-quality programs and services at Tulpehocken Area School District through a fiscally conservative approach.  During his tenure at Tulpehocken, Mr. Kowalonek has been able to craft budgets that called for multiple property tax decreases. 

Phone: 717-933-4611


Degrees and Certifications:

Lehigh University
Bachelor’s Degree - Finance

Bucknell University
Central Atlantic Advanced School of Banking


Jennifer Gardula

Administrative Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer & Real Estate/Per Capita Tax Administration


Phone:  717-933-4611, ext. 1012

Judy Strausser

Child Accounting/PIMS Coordinator


Phone:  717-933-4611, ext. 1006


Mary Snyder

Transportation Coordinator


Phone:  717-933-4611, ext. 2073


Dawn Weiss



Phone:  717-933-4611, ext. 1004


Sherry Wessner

Payroll/HR/Benefits Administration/Accounts Receivable


Phone:  717-933-4611, ext. 1005