The Pickerington Local School District Board of Education this week approved hiring a new district treasurer to fill a post vacant since Feb. 1.

The Pickerington Local School District Board of Education this week approved hiring a new district treasurer to fill a post vacant since Feb. 1.

The School Board Monday unanimously approved hiring Ryan Jenkins as the district's next treasurer.

Jenkins, one of five finalists for the position, has spent the past six years as treasurer of Greenon Schools in Clark County, Ohio.

He will begin work with Pickerington April 1, and will work under a four-month "bridge contract" before a new, three-year contract will go into effect Aug. 1.

Jenkins will receive an annual base salary of $117,000.

He replaces Dan Griscom, district treasurer since May 2008, who retired Feb. 1. Griscom was paid an annual salary of $104,500.

"He's extremely qualified for the position," said Lori Sanders, a Pickerington School Board member.

"We just felt like he was a really good fit, not just for our schools, but for our community."

In addition to his time as Greenon's district treasurer, Jenkins was treasurer at Graham Local Schools from the 2007-08 school year through the 2009-10 school year.

He also previously was dean of students at Thomas Worthington High School, a secondary school principal of Northwest- ern Middle School in Clark County and assistant principal at Northwestern High School.

He began his 16-year career in education as a high school math teacher.

Jenkins is a graduate of Ohio State University, earned his secondary mathematics teaching credentials at Ohio University and his master of arts in educational administration from OSU.

Sanders said Jenkins has experience working with budget forecasting software Pickerington will soon implement, and she and Jenkins both pointed to his past work in the classroom, as well as his time as an administrator, as being key qualifications for the Pickerington post.

"I think they were looking for someone who relates well with others and for someone who knows that we're there for the students," Jenkins said.

"I wouldn't be nearly as effective as an administrator without that (classroom) experience." he said.

"I'm very honored and humbled to be able to serve the students, staff and Pickerington community," Jenkins said.

"It's not just a job for me and my family. It's a job and a community -- the whole nine yards. Everything about the district was appealing."

Since Griscom's departure, District Business Manager Vince Utterback has served as interim-treasurer.

Sanders said the board intended to bring Jenkins to Pickerington this school year so the district could have full-time personnel in place for both posts.

"We have our business manager double-dutying as treasurer," Sanders said. "Those are big jobs in and of themselves.

"This also is a negotiating year (for union teachers)."

Although Jenkins' current district is much smaller than Pickerington -- approximately 1,800 students to about 10,200 -- he said the respective communities are similar in that both are approximately 85 percent residential and agricultural vs. roughly 15 percent commercial.

Additionally, he said both districts receive approximately half of their funding from the state.

"For the rest of the school year, certainly one of my biggest priorities will be to understand or get to know the district," Jenkins said. "The critical thing for me is to establish those relationships.

"I'll have to figure out where it is the constituents of Pickerington want to go. I also know there is a (teachers') contract that's up this spring."