The New Albany-Plain Local school board interviewed six people Nov. 28 for two spots on the district's financial review and reporting committee (FRRC).

The New Albany-Plain Local school board interviewed six people Nov. 28 for two spots on the district's financial review and reporting committee (FRRC).

Dave Maul resigned from the committee in June, citing a lack of ability to help the district with its financial situation.

School board vice president Laura Kohler said the board also learned Nov. 28 that Chris Luffler will resign from the FRRC this month because of work constraints.

Kohler, who serves on the FRRC as a school board liaison, said the board hopes to choose the two new members Dec. 2. They will begin a two-year term Jan. 1.

Cheri Lehmann, the other school board liaison to the FRRC, said the district is asking for a two-year commitment to maintain continuity on the committee. She said it takes a lot of time to learn about the intricacies of school funding.

"It was designed so that people will rotate in and out," said board member Michael Klein.

Klein said no one's role on the committee was expected to be indefinite.

Board member Natalie Matt also told the interviewed candidates that the board members working with the committee could change. Board members review their committee assignments regularly.

The candidates interviewed were:

• Chris Deeter, who works for American Municipal Power, a company that works with 129 municipalities that have their own electric systems. He said he analyzes each municipality's credit and has worked with budgets and financial forecasting.

• Molly Cooper, who teaches economics at The Ohio State University. She said she understands economic principles and has worked in the private sector in insurance.

• Brian Minier, who works as a financial adviser for Eagle Financial. He said he worked for Nationwide Insurance for many years, completing internal audits and analyzing data.

• William Neville, who works as an attorney for the State Teachers Retirement System. He said he has experience in public- and private-sector finances and has no conflict of interest serving on the FRRC.

• Kevin Stahl, who has a background in industrial engineering and traditional finances. He said he has experience in budgeting, financial forecasting and variance analysis, also having worked to market financial information.

• Brian Steel, who works as vice president of sales for Janova. He said he is not an accountant but he does have a passion for the district's finances, having served on past financial committees.

Each candidate was asked the same four questions, namely why they want to serve; what qualifications they have to serve on the committee; what they see as the role of the FRRC; and what they believe are the most important financial decisions the board will have to make in the next two years.

Lehmann said she was surprised and glad to hear that almost every candidate mentioned growth and overcrowding as the biggest challenge in the next two years.

"I thought it was interesting all of them seemed to mention growth as an issue," she said. "It is one of the major issues and I think the community gets it."

Several candidates gave their impressions of the FRRC's role and asked more detailed questions about what the board expects from the committee members. Candidates also asked about Maul's resignation and the committee's recent redefining of its role.

Kohler said the community members on the FRRC have helped the committee define its role. She said the FRRC is supposed to look at "big-picture" issues and help the administration recommend policy changes to the board. The FRRC does discuss smaller financial line items at times in an effort to understand the district's financial future.