The Reynoldsburg Board of Education wants to work out a transition period with treasurer Mitch Biederman before he leaves to take a job with Centerville schools near Dayton.

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education wants to work out a transition period with treasurer Mitch Biederman before he leaves to take a job with Centerville schools near Dayton.

The board did not take action as expected last week on Biederman's submitted resignation. He said he was told by board President Cheryl Max and Vice President Andrew Swope 20 minutes before the May 19 meeting began they were not going to act on his resignation, which he submitted on May 12.

"It caught me off guard, and I understand why the board wants to get more transition time, but I just wish I would have had more feedback from them sooner," Biederman said.

"I think they want me to stay for a transition period. I'm in the first year of a five-year contract, which they acted on in October 2008," he said. "The Centerville school board approved me but I haven't signed anything officially yet as I was waiting for board action this evening (May 19).

"These are economic tough times for Reynoldsburg. They have been good to me and they want me to help them through with more transition time," he said.

He said the Centerville Board of Education officially approved hiring him as that district's next treasurer during a meeting on May 5.

Swope confirmed that the reason the Reynoldsburg board decided to not act on Biederman's resignation request on May 19 was because members want to have a good transition plan worked out with him first.

"We're looking to get an interim treasurer until we can find someone that is permanent, and Mitch is the man and he has all the information," Swope said May 20.

In the meantime, he said the board will develop a transition plan with Biederman while he attempts to work something out with Centerville school district officials.

"We're in financial crisis right now and to have somebody leave with no treasurer or CFO at the head of the district I think would be detrimental to the district," Swope said.

Biederman's resignation letter included an effective date of June 18. The next Reynoldsburg school board meeting is on June 16.

Swope said he feels confident the board can take further action on the resignation by then.

"I would imagine we'll vote the next board meeting. We just want to get something to put in place before we take action on it," he said.

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