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Board hires Olentangy's Jenkins as new district treasurer

Zwick tapped as interim director of operations

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The New Albany-Plain Local school board on Jan. 8 unanimously approved a three-year contract for Rebecca Jenkins, the district's choice for its new treasurer.

Jenkins, treasurer of the Olentangy Local School District, will start Feb. 4.

"This is a great school district and there are a lot of exciting things happening in education here," Jenkins said. "I thought I'd like to be a part of that."

Jenkins will earn an annual salary of $132,000. She is eligible to receive a performance bonus of up to 5 percent of her salary after the first year, and up to 10 percent of her salary in the following two years. Her salary can increase by $5,000 annually if she moves to New Albany.

The value of her benefits package was not immediately available, but according to her contract, the district will pay life insurance, her contribution to the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio and her share of Medicare taxes.

Jenkins will have 25 days of vacation and three unrestricted personal days for each full year worked.

She is being offered the same medical benefits other district administrators receive. The district typically pays 90 percent for single medical coverage and 85 percent for family coverage.

Jenkins has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Wheeling Jesuit University and an associate's degree in accounting from Belmont College in St. Clairsville.

She is a licensed Ohio public school treasurer and licensed Ohio public school business manager, and she is certified by the Ohio Association of School Business Officials Leadership Academy.

Jenkins said she began working as an assistant school treasurer out of college and has 24 years of experience working in education. In 2010, she was named Ohio School Treasurer of the Year by the Foundation for School Business Management.

Olentangy Superintendent Wade Lucas said Jenkins will be missed.

"The fact that Olentangy is such a fast-growing district makes our finances extremely complicated," he said. "Becky has done an amazing job managing our budget, maintaining transparency and helping to keep our per-pupil cost among the lowest in the region.

"We will miss her, but I'm happy to see her great work rewarded."

In Olentangy, Jenkins earned $119,123 per year with an annuity payment of $7,778. The district paid 80 percent of her health insurance coverage and paid her contribution to the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio and her share of Medicare taxes. Her benefits package totaled $25,078.

New Albany-Plain Local had sought a treasurer since Brian Ramsay left New Albany last summer to become the treasurer of the Westfall Local Schools in Williamsport. Ramsay was paid $144,527 per year in salary and $55,535 in benefits.

Peg Betts was hired as interim treasurer through the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio to work to the end of December. The board on Jan. 8 extended her contract through February. She is paid $550 a day.

Jenkins was not one of the original 18 applicants for the position. She was recruited by the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, which helped with the search, said school board President Laura Kohler.

Board hires interim operations director

In other personnel action Jan. 8, the school board hired Barry Zwick as interim director of operations to replace Ken Stark.

Superintendent April Domine told the district's financial review and reporting committee Jan. 14 the district would start the search process for a full-time director this week by formally posting the position.

Domine said she has rewritten the job description and the search will be conducted internally.

Zwick retired in 2011 from Bexley City Schools, where he served for 16 years as director of operations.

His first day working for New Albany-Plain Local was Jan. 7. He will be paid $425 per day -- without benefits -- through a contract with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

Zwick has bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Georgetown College in Kentucky. He earned his doctorate of philosophy in educational administration from Ohio University.

During his career, he has worked as a building principal, coach, administrator and teacher.

Stark resigned in December after being hired by the South-Western City School District in Grove City. He was earning $106,086 and the district paid $47,961 in benefits for him.

Zwick shadowed Stark part of December to become accustomed to the position.

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