Bart Griffith will serve as the new financial head of the Westerville City School District.

Bart Griffith will serve as the new financial head of the Westerville City School District.

The Westerville Board of Education approved a three-year contract July 25 with Griffith, who currently serves as treasurer of the Hudson City School District.

The contract allows for a $133,000 annual salary. That tops the salary approved for former treasurer Scott Gooding in December, which was $109,000 per year.

Griffith's contract also allows for a $100-per-month personal communication allowance, a $400-per-month car allowance and up to $7,500 in reimbursements for any costs associated with Griffith relocating to Westerville.

Griffith will be eligible for raises during the three years through an agreement with the board, the contract said.

Griffith has served as the treasurer of the Hudson City School District since 2007. He also served as treasurer of the Mansfield City School District from 2003 through 2006, of the Lexington Local School District from 1994 to 1998 and of the Lakewood Local School District from 1993 to 1994.

Before that, he held several posts in the private sector.

Griffith earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University, a master's degree in education and school finance, and a master's in business administration from Ashland University.

"He brings a wealth of experience, experience in city districts like ours," said board member Kevin Hoffman, who helped lead the hiring process. "As we went through the interview process, we could see that this is a gentleman who appreciates a challenge and values education."

The board went through a months-long process in finding a replacement for Gooding, who announced his resignation in April.

In May and June, board members set a list of priorities and characteristics they were looking for in a treasurer, then followed that with a community survey to see what priorities and characteristics the community sought.

Through June and July, the board held several rounds of interviews for the position, which included panels of community members, community leaders, district staff and administration.

The district was led through the process by a consultant from the Ohio School Boards Association.

Griffith will assume his new post on Aug. 15, and over the next few weeks, he will work with interim treasurer Steve Huzicko to learn about Westerville's finances, Hoffman said.