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District officials undecided whether to replace Vanover

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Licking Heights assistant treasurer Jennifer Vanover, who formerly was district treasurer, has tendered her resignation effective Aug. 8.

Superintendent Philip Wagner said she accepted a position as treasurer for a charter school in Columbus.

"It looks like a good move on her part," Wagner said. "I'm really happy for her."

Vanover worked for the district for nine years.

Vanover began as district treasurer, but on Oct. 31, 2013, Vanover accepted a newly formed assistant treasurer position. She said the demands of the treasurer's position in the expanding district were beginning to disrupt her family life.

The board accepted her request and hired former Granville treasurer Margaret "Peg" Betts to an interim role before hiring former Logan Elm treasurer Nicholas Roberts on May 16.

Wagner said Licking Heights is expanding rapidly and even the assistant treasurer's position was becoming more time consuming.

"The demands (at a charter school) aren't as much as a growing district," Wagner said.

"Jenny devoted nine-plus years of service to Licking Heights," Roberts said. "Her dedication, historical knowledge and financial expertise will be greatly missed. A new start is often required and could be a refreshing change for her career. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors and thank her for the time she spent at Licking Heights."

School board President Brian Bagley also wished Vanover well.

"I would like to wish Jenny the very best as she begins a new chapter in her life," Bagley said. "I would also like to thank her for the huge investment she has made in the Licking Heights district and our community."

ThisWeek could not reach Vanover for comment.

Wagner said he's uncertain if the assistant treasurer position will be filled.

"That decision has not been finalized yet," he said.

Wagner said there is much for an assistant treasurer to do and the district would bring in substitutes to cover the work, but whether that would evolve back into an assistant treasurer's role remains to be seen.

Other recent resignations from the district include Catherine Means, intervention specialist, effective Aug. 11, and C. Carmen McFarland, third-grade teacher, effective July 23.

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