The New Albany-Plain Local school board hopes to have a new treasurer in place by February.

The New Albany-Plain Local school board hopes to have a new treasurer in place by February.

Board members Sept. 10 finalized a timeline to interview candidates and potentially make an offer in December.

The advertisement for the position was posted last week through the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, which was chosen by the board to facilitate the search.

ESC employee Bill Reimer said the application deadline will be Oct. 12. Resume screening will begin Oct. 23, with potential first and second interviews in early and late November, respectively.

If interviews are completed in November, the school board could take action on a contract at the Dec. 10 meeting, Reimer said.

Reimer said the board needs to develop a profile that will be used when screening applicants.

He suggested asking the financial review and reporting committee (FRRC) and community members what they want in a treasurer. He said a survey to help develop the treasurer's profile will be available to community members on the district website.

Feedback from the community and the FRRC should be combined with the board's anticipated qualities in a treasurer.

Reimer said it is appropriate to detail the kind of knowledge the person must have, the type of skills needed and personality traits.

He said the profile should be completed before the resume screenings take place Oct. 23.

The board has not decided who will serve on the screening committee, school board President Laura Kohler said.

Ryan agreed to be the board's liaison to the ESC throughout the process. He said he will work with the ESC to schedule interviews and set other dates.

Reimer said the board can interview all the candidates as a group or have an interview committee made up of a few board members interview the candidates.

Board member Cheri Lehmann asked how many candidates could come out of the screening process.

"You're really looking for one excellent candidate," Reimer said. "I would push the (screening) committee not to take more than the excellent candidates back to the board."

Reimer said the board should anticipate interviewing four to seven candidates.

He said the ESC already has identified potential candidates it could recruit. He asked if some board members would be willing to meet with them to avoid violating Ohio's public-meeting laws. By Ohio law, if a majority of a school board's members are present, the event is declared a public meeting.

Reimer said all candidates will have to complete an application, which is a matter of public record, according to Ohio law.

The treasurer position opened when Brian Ramsay resigned in July to become treasurer of the Westfall Local School District.

Margaret Betts was hired through the ESC to serve as interim treasurer. Betts earns $550 a day, and the district pays into the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio and her Medicare contribution.