Reynoldsburg News

City's fee would top $65 per hour for HR services


Reynoldsburg City Council expects to take a final vote by March 25 on an ordinance setting the terms for sharing a human resources manager with the Reynoldsburg City School District.

Details of the proposal were discussed at committee meetings last month and at the regular council meeting Feb. 25.

The school district hired Bryan Buoni in January at an annual base salary of $86,000. Mayor Brad McCloud said Superintendent Steve Dackin called him shortly afterward and suggested they discuss ways to share Buoni's services, since the city has been without a human resources director for the past two years.

Council heard a first reading of the ordinance Feb. 25. McCloud presented it Feb. 19 to the finance committee, which forwarded it to the full council with a recommendation that it be approved.

It proposes that the city reimburse the school district for Buoni's salary on a quarterly basis at $65.32 per hour, "with increases based upon increases in salary, retirement and medical/vision/dental insurance."

The ordinance also states that the shared services agreement would be retroactive to Jan. 13 this year and run through Dec. 31, 2014, and that Buoni would be on assignment to the city on an "as-needed basis."

Councilman Cornelius McGrady questioned the terms. He said the proposed ordinance does not specify Buoni's actual duties. In addition, he said, the highest hourly salary he found online for a human resources director for the state was $33.83.

"This person would work at my direction, much as an in-house employee," McCloud said.

City Auditor Richard Harris said the school district came up with Buoni's hourly rate, which includes benefits.

"We have a per-hour rate that includes all benefits," he said. "The mayor will keep a time sheet on Mr. Buoni's hours and then I will be invoiced by the school district."

Councilwoman Leslie Kelly said it makes sense for the city and the school district to share an HR director.

"I'm excited about this venture," she said. "I think this makes so much sense in today's economy."

She wanted to know how many hours Buoni will work for the city.

McCloud said the hours will be based on the city's workload.

The ordinance states that either the city or the school district may terminate the agreement with 30 days' written notice and that the city has no obligation to continue the terms beyond the end date of the agreement, which is Dec. 31, 2014.

Buoni said he is looking forward to working with city leaders.

"I see this as a tremendous opportunity to leverage talent between entities with similar needs and requirements," he said.

McCloud said labor council fees for the city have "gone up substantially without a human resources manager in house."

Buoni served as human resources director at Columbus City Schools for five years and has eight years of experience in human resources, including in state government. He earned a master's degree in labor and human resources from Ohio State University.

He currently is an adjunct faculty member at Franklin University.