The New Albany-Plain Local school board on July 23 unanimously approved Margaret Betts as interim treasurer to replace Brian Ramsay.

The New Albany-Plain Local school board on July 23 unanimously approved a contract through Dec. 31 for interim treasurer Margaret Betts.

Betts will fill in for Brian Ramsay, who said a need for a change led him to leave his post as district treasurer after 17 years.

Betts most recently worked at the Granville and Upper Arlington school districts, according to district spokesman Patrick Gallaway.

Superintendent April Domine said the district is contracting for Betts' services through the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

Betts will earn $550 a day. The district also will pay into the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio and her Medicare contribution.

Domine said the district would begin its search process and ask the community what qualifications and characteristics the district should seek in a new treasurer.

Ramsay told the district's financial review and reporting committee last week that he felt fortunate to have lived and worked in New Albany but added, "I needed a change in my life."

His resignation was accepted by the New Albany-Plain Local school board July 16 and is effective July 31.

Betts was expected to start this week. Ramsay originally planned to work until Aug. 3 and then start as treasurer at the Westfall Local School District on Aug. 6, but his resignation date was changed so he could use personal days, Domine said.

During his tenure in New Albany, the district opened four new school buildings, an athletics training facility and a performing-arts building, which is shared by the city of New Albany and Plain Township.

Ramsay negotiated 16 union agreements and campaigned with the district to pass 11 levies. He worked with the district to increase its bond ratings, which in turn increased its credit score.

School board president Laura Kohler thanked Ramsay for his service July 16 and noted he was present through the district's tremendous growth and change. Figures from the district show total enrollment increased from 1,430 in 1998-99 to 2,275 in 2001-02. The district had 4,426 students in the 2011-12 school year.

"I wish Brian well in this new endeavor and thank him for his 17 years of service to the New Albany-Plain Local School District community," Kohler said. "I appreciate Brian's professionalism and dedication as the district has grown and changed during this time."

His separation agreement, which the school board was expected to approve July 23, included $62,246.32 in compensation for vacation and sick leave. The compensation includes payment for 76.98 accrued vacation days and 100 sick days. Ramsay accrued 198.5 accrued sick days, but the other 98.5 sick days will be carried to Westfall.

Ramsay also will work as a consultant to the district through Jan. 31, 2013, at a rate of $69.48 per hour for up to 30 hours.

He agreed to donate $200 to the district to keep his desktop computer, printer and desk, which were purchased by the school board and kept at his home. He will clear all information about New Albany-Plain Local from the computer. Any software or computer programs Ramsay developed during his tenure will remain the property of New Albany-Plain Local, although the board has agreed to allow him to take copies of software as needed.

Ramsay said he is going to a smaller district at Westfall, which has about 1,600 students.

He will work for Superintendent Cara Riddel, the former New Albany-Plain Local human-resources director. He said he wasn't looking for a job but was contacted about the opening by the Westfall district.

Ramsay will take a pay cut for the new position. Westfall hired him July 5 for $125,000 per year.

At New Albany-Plain Local, he was paid $144,526.55 per year in salary and $55,534.88 in benefits.