The Marysville Exempted Village School District Board of Education will announce the hiring of its new treasurer at a board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the board offices.

The Marysville Exempted Village School District Board of Education will announce the hiring of its new treasurer at a board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the board offices.

The three finalists for the position were Tammy Emrick, current treasurer at Fairborn City Schools near Dayton; Sandra Griscom, current treasurer at Buckeye Valley Local Schools in Delaware County; and Cynthia Ritter, current treasurer for Circleville City Schools in Pickaway County.

Treasurer/CFO Delores Cramer will retire from the district effective Feb. 28, 2010. She informed the district of her intent this past summer.

The board will also conduct all business originally scheduled for its regular board meeting last Thursday. The meeting was canceled because of the lack of a quorum. Three of the five board members were unable to attend the meeting.

Two grants, one issued in 2008 and extended in 2009 and another issued in 2009, have helped Marysville schools make a difference in fuel usage and the effect of school buses. An Ohio Department of Development grant for use of alternative fuels for school buses and an Ohio EPA Clean Diesel School Bus Fuel Retrofit Grant totaled more than $51,000 in transportation-related subsidies.

The $25,000 for the B20 Biodiesel School Bus Grant Program compensated the district for using a new soy/diesel blended fuel. Transportation Department supervisor Amy Morgan recently reported to the school board that the grant has paid the $1,215 per month additional cost of the biodiesel fuel.

The second grant of $26,365.66 from the Ohio EPA has helped the district retrofit 24 current diesel buses with emission reduction equipment and coolant heaters, which increase fuel efficiency as well.

"By participating in the two grant programs, the district has been able to work with state agencies to save money for Marysville taxpayers and help establish a cleaner, safer environment for students and the community," board president Jeff Mabee said in a statement.

-- Jim Fischer