Two finalists are being considered as the next treasurer of the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

The candidates are Kristine Blind, treasurer of the London City Schools since 2011, and Felicia Drummey, treasurer of the Coshocton City Schools since 2014.

Beryl Piccolantonio, Gahanna-Jefferson board president, said a decision is expected by Aug. 22.

She said the board interviewed the two candidates Aug. 14 in executive session. They also were interviewed by a group of invited community members that same evening.

"We had a great night interviewing two very strong and qualified treasurer candidates," Piccolantonio said. "We're very thankful to community members who've participated in the treasurer search and hiring process."

Both candidates have extensive experience as school treasurers.

In addition to being treasurer at London City Schools the past six years, Blind previously served as treasurer of the Upper Scioto Valley Local Schools for 16 months and assistant treasurer of the Warren Local School District for 13 years.

Before joining the Coshocton district, Drummey served as treasurer of the Big Walnut Local School District for four years, treasurer of the Northridge Local Schools for about three years and assistant treasurer at Big Walnut Local Schools for 11 years.

K-12 Business Consulting provided a list of 10 applicants to the board Aug. 9. The board narrowed the pool to two Aug. 10.

The other applicants included Shane Allen, treasurer at Virtual Community School of Ohio; Roger Lee Cade II, principal of Edgerton Junior-Senior High School; John Espy, educator with the Milford Exempted Village School District; Trevor Gummere, treasurer at Mount Gilead Exempted Village; Darren Meredith, assistant treasurer of the G-J Public Schools; Doug Passet, farmer at Passet Farms and former credit analyst; Amy Ucan, senior accountant at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital; and Jennifer Vanover, special funds financial supervisor at Columbus City Schools.

Chris Mohr, president of K12, said Ohio has 715 school districts with only about 800 people with treasurer's licenses.

The pool of superintendents and teachers is much bigger, he said.

K-12 has conducted treasurer's searches for other local districts including Bexley, Canal Winchester, Dublin, Groveport Madison and Tolles Career and Technical Center.

Mohr said a profile was developed for G-J based on what the district wanted in a treasurer.

The school board June 22 approved a contract to hire Tammy Emrick to serve as district interim treasurer.

She's being paid $70 an hour, four days per week.

Julio Valladares, 14-year treasurer of the district, announced in June he was leaving the district to become treasurer of Newark City Schools.

Valladares' resignation was effective July 1.

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