The Gahanna-Jefferson school board is expected to hire an interim treasurer by June 30 and have a permanent treasurer in September.

Beryl Piccolantonio, board president, said the board voted unanimously June 22 to approve a contract with K-12 Business Consulting Inc. of New Albany to conduct the search for a new treasurer at a cost of $7,900. The agreement includes finding an individual to serve as interim treasurer.

"We chose to work with K-12 because they have a proven track record of successful treasurer searches in the central Ohio area, and because the consultants we'll be working with have significant experience working as treasurers themselves, they have an extensive network within which to recruit," Piccolantonio said.

Julio Valladares, 14-year treasurer of the Gahanna-Jefferson school district, announced earlier this month he's leaving to become treasurer of Newark City Schools.

His resignation is effective Saturday, July 1.

Chris Mohr, president of K-12 Business Consulting, said a treasurer's profile would be developed with input from the district's administration, board of education and other stakeholders.

"Once we have that document, we'll reach out to those who meet the criteria," Mohr said. "We'll reach out to recruit. It's a tight market for treasurers. We'll screen those who express interest and screen as we go with the board."

He said he hopes to have final interviews scheduled in mid-August.

Mohr said most treasurers stay put through June because of the job's requirements.

"We'll recruit through July," he said. "We'll be past that tough spot. We conducted the Dublin search last year in this time frame. We'll work around it by extending the deadline.

"The workload is pretty significant at the end of June for treasurers," he said.

In addition to Dublin, other local treasurer searches conducted by K-12 have included Bexley, Canal Winchester, Groveport Madison and Tolles Career & Technical Center.

Mohr said candidates aren't "beating doors down" for school treasurer jobs.

"About eight of 10 people that we end up hiring for school districts are recruited candidates," he said.

He said Ohio has 715 school districts and 800 or so people with a treasurer's license.

"It's a small group," Mohr said. "With superintendents and teachers, there's a bigger pool.

"What we do that helps us is developing a search profile, so we know the types of things the district is looking for in a treasurer. We're waiting to see the profile. We hope to have that at the end of June. That will be our road map," he said.

Mohr said the tenure of a school treasurer in Ohio is typically five to six years.

Valladares, on the other hand, has served as Gahanna-Jefferson's treasurer-chief financial officer since March 2003.

He said he's moving to Newark because he considers Newark his hometown.

"Newark was the community who opened the doors for me to become who I am today, and what an opportunity for me to give back to such a community by serving as their city schools' treasurer," Valladares said.