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Vanover in running for Pickerington Local School District treasurer job


The Pickerington Local School District Board of Education has narrowed its search to five candidates for treasurer, and Licking Heights Treasurer Jennifer Vanover is among them.

Pickerington board officials last week said they hope to hire a treasurer by April 1.

Whether or not the individual will begin working for the district this school year or next remains to be seen, but Pickerington board members plan to hold a second round of interviews with the five finalists this week.

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

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

The second round is expected Feb. 11 or 12, Sanders said.

According to Cathy Olshefski, Pickerington 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.

In addition to Vanover, those in the running are:

* Bart Griffith, treasurer at Westerville City Schools.

* J. Scott Gooding, director of financial services for the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

* Timothy Ryan Jenkins, treasurer at the Greenon Local School District in Clark County.

* Anthony Schwartz, treasurer of Groveport Madison Schools.

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