The New Albany-Plain Local School District has received 18 applications for the treasurer's position that opened in August when Brian Ramsay resigned.
Seven applicants are central Ohio residents.
The school board on Oct. 22 approved the job profile for the position, which includes the following qualities, listed in order of priority: financial management; leadership; communication and collaboration; professionalism; and facilities, property and capital asset management.
According to the job posting, the district is seeking a candidate who has at least a bachelor's degree in accounting or finance and a valid Ohio treasurer's license or the ability to obtain one; who meets the State Board of Education's standards and has at least three years of experience as a school or educational service center treasurer; who has knowledge of the Ohio Revised Code and experience in budget preparation; and who has leadership skills and the ability to communicate with the board, superintendent, staff and community.
School board member Mark Ryan said the board will now compare the resumes received to the profile and narrow the candidates to a list of finalists.
The board already approved a search calendar, which includes first- and second-round interviews this month, with the potential for the board to approve a contract for a new treasurer at its Dec. 10 meeting.
The district has contracted with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio to help with the search and service center officials have said they will continue to recruit candidates for the position until the interviews are complete.
As of last week, the 18 candidates who have applied are:
* Ralph Beam of Chillicothe, a substitute teacher in the Chillicothe City School District;
* Barbara Beraduce of Boardman, chief financial officer of Wee Day Care and Learning Center in Youngstown who was a school treasurer in the Poland School District from 1986 to 1989;
* Joan Deever, no address given, an assurance and accounting associate for Whalen and Co. certified public accountants who listed experience as a treasurer for parent-teacher associations;
* Kylana Garrison of Chicago, a condominium association president who was a substitute teacher from 2004-05 in Posen, Ill.;
* Daniel Griscom of Pickerington, treasurer of the Pickerington Local School District;
* Anthony Hatmaker of North Ridgeville, treasurer of North Ridgeville, who was treasurer of the Jefferson Area Local School District from 2003-04;
* Jeffrey Hostetler of Ravenna, treasurer of the Tallmadge City School District;
* Todd Johnson of Delaware, assistant treasurer of the Olentangy Local School District;
* Wade Jones of Columbus, an auditor in Ohio Auditor David Yost's office;
* Sumillya Lewis of Euclid, whose last listed employment was as a game adviser with Game Stop of New Boston;
* Amber McCracken of Newark, fiscal officer and human-resources administrator for St. Frances de Sales Parish and School in Newark;
* Darren Meredith of Columbus, chief financial officer for the Paint Valley Local School District;
* Kelly Moore of Independence, treasurer of the Ledgemont Local School District;
* Daniel Schall of Tipp City, treasurer of the Vandalia-Butler City Schools;
* Daniel Semersky of Fort Worth, Texas, a hospital supply sales representative for Cardinal Health;
* Melissa Smiley of Westerville, manager of financial reporting for Bob Evans Farms of Columbus;
* Michael Troutman of New Albany, chief operating officer of ReCasa Financial Group and treasurer of the New Albany Youth Football League; and
* R. Scott Wohlgamuth of Zanesville, a controller for Heartland Group Holdings of Columbus and an adjunct accounting and tax professor at Muskingum College.
District officials have not yet discussed compensation for the treasurer's post. Ramsay was paid $144,526.55 per year in salary and $55,534.88 in benefits.