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Pair of treasurer finalists to face board Saturday

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Now that it has hired a superintendent, the Grandview Heights school board is turning its attention to the search for a new treasurer.

A replacement for Tammy Rizzo is expected to be named later this month. The former treasurer resigned April 18 to become director of fiscal services for the Shared Services Center Council of Governments. The council is associated with the Educational Services Center of Central Ohio.

The board is scheduled to hold interviews with two finalists for the position Saturday, May 3.

The finalists are May T. Day, CFO/treasurer at Galion City Schools in Crawford County, and Beth Collier, treasurer at Pleasant Local Schools in Marion County.

"We're looking for someone with a strong fiscal background and leadership qualities and who will be able to serve as a business agent for us," board President Grant Douglass said.

As with the superintendent search, the Educational Services Center of Central Ohio is assisting the district with the treasurer search.

The application deadline was Wednesday, April 30. As of Tuesday, April 29, the district had received 15 applications, said George Tombaugh of the services center.

Board members Debbie Brannan and Stephanie Evans participated in a paper screening of candidates to narrow the list down to the finalists, Douglass said Monday, April 28.

"If someone extraordinary puts their application at the last minute, we might add to the list of finalists, but as of now it's (Day and Collier)," he said.

Cindy Ritter, former CFO at Marysville Exempted Village Schools and currently a consultant at K-12 Business Consulting, is serving as interim treasurer.

The board voted unanimously April 15 to hire Andy Culp as the district's new superintendent, replacing Ed O'Reilly, who will resign July 31 to pursue other career opportunities.

Culp now serves as assistant superintendent in the Marysville Exempted Village School District.

The board approved a three-year contract effective Aug. 1 for Culp with a starting base salary of $146,000 -- about $12,050 less than O'Reilly's 2013 base salary.

Culp's salary will increase on the first day of each contract year by the inflationary rate as determined from the Consumer Price Index.

The board also will contribute an amount equal to 2.5 percent of Culp's salary to an annuity contract he selects.

Culp will receive life insurance, health insurance and other fringe benefits applicable to certificated administrative employees in accordance to board policy. The board will contribute $4,000 to the health savings account of the superintendent every plan year provided that Culp participates in the high-deductible/HSA medical insurance option offered to eligible district employees.

Although Culp's contract does not begin until Aug. 1, his actual starting date will be July 1. He will work under a supplemental contract still to be finalized for the first month.

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