The Canal Winchester Times

Schwartz is finalist for Pickerington treasurer post


The Pickerington Local School District Board of Education has narrowed its search to five candidates who remain in the running to become the district's next treasurer.

One of those is Anthony Schwartz, treasurer for the Groveport Madison school district.

Pickerington school board officials have said they hope to have a new treasurer hired by April 1.

Whether the individual will begin working for the district this school year or next remains to be seen, but board members next week plan to hold a second round of interviews with five people they've identified as finalists for the post.

"We would like to have a treasurer named that could start in April," said Lori Sanders, a school board member.

"That would be our goal, but when they could start would be up to their (current) contract."

The board is seeking to find a full-time replacement for Dan Griscom, who retired Feb. 1 after serving as PLSD treasurer since May 2008.

The board, aided by a consulting group consisting of K12 Business Consulting, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and the Fairfield County Educational Services Center, conducted their first round of interviews for the position Jan. 28.

A second round was expected to take place Feb. 11 or 12, Sanders said.

In addition to Schwartz, those in the running for the post are:

* Bart Griffith, treasurer at Westerville City Schools.

* J. Scott Gooding, director of financial services for the Franklin County Educational Services Center.

* Timothy Ryan Jenkins, treasurer at Greenon Schools in Clark County, Ohio.

* Jennifer Vanover, treasurer of Licking Heights in Licking County.

"We've been told we have a really, really good pool of candidates," Sanders said. "That means a lot."

Prior to his retirement, Griscom received a $104,500 annual salary, in addition to approximately $29,910 in annual benefits, according to the district's treasurer's office.

Sanders said the salary for the new treasurer will be determined through negotiations.

According to Cathy Olshefski, school board president, board members last week hadn't decided if each of the five finalists would return for a second round of interviews.

"We have not decided who we're bringing back," she said.

Under the terms of the consulting contract, OASBO will receive up to approximately $6,500 for the search services, and that organization will pay K12 Business Consulting.

However, the district only will be responsible for $2,500 of that fee.

The Fairfield County Educational Services Center will absorb the balance of cost.

The financial arrangement is cemented through a $601,680 contract the district entered into with Fairfield County ESC in fiscal year 2013 for services ranging from special-education programming and curriculum support to teacher training.

Unlike the district's most recent superintendent search, in which Rob Walker last March was hired to lead the district after not being an official candidate for the position, Sanders said the board is not talking to any "unofficial" candidates and the new treasurer is expected to be selected from the current group of finalists.