The Whitehall school board is searching for a new district treasurer to succeed Steve McAfee, who will step down Oct. 24.

Board members unanimously accepted McAfee’s resignation as a formality during a special board meeting Aug. 19, board President Mike Adkins said Aug. 20.

McAfee has accepted the treasurer position with Logan Elm Schools near Circleville, a job he held for 13 years before coming to Whitehall.

“I’m returning to my previous treasurer position at Logan Elm Schools to be closer to home and have more time for family” he said.

Board members met Aug. 19 with staff from the Ohio School Boards Association to launch a treasurer search, said Ty Debevoise, director of marketing and communications for Whitehall schools.

Whitehall board members entered into a contract with the association for $7,000 to assist with the search, Debevoise said.

“Our board will be using the OSBA to help identify a treasurer,” he said.

The application deadline is Sept. 13, with a first round of interviews scheduled Sept. 23 and a second round slated Oct. 1, Debevoise said.

The board plans to fill the position Oct. 7, he said.

The start date, salary and benefits are negotiable, Debevoise said.

McAfee’s final day with the district will be Oct. 24. He has been with the district since 2012.

“I worked for Whitehall City Schools for seven years and I will miss it dearly,” he said. “It’s been an exciting time to be a part of the community and the people are second to none.

“I will always be grateful for the trust and support I received from the board, co-workers and residents,” he said.

During his tenure at Whitehall schools, McAfee said he is proud the district received clean audits and was recognized for excellence by the Ohio auditor and the Government Finance Officers Association each year.

The district also was successful in lobbying the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission for the funding necessary to build an addition to Rosemore Middle School and other permanent improvements, with the assistance of a 3.41-mill permanent-improvements levy and bond issue voters OK’d last year.

The district has not sought an operating levy in almost 25 years, “which is remarkable,” McAfee said.

That feat was achieved, McAfee said, by working to obtain every possible public dollar while managing spending.

“(Whitehall Superintendent) Brian (Hamler) and I actively lobbied (Ohio’s) General Assembly for relief from the state funding cap (and) we’ve worked with the board to carefully manage the budget as enrollment has grown,” McAfee said.

On the same evening the Whitehall school board accepted McAfee’s resignation, Logan Elm board members acted to officially hire McAfee.

McAfee begins his new job Nov. 1.

McAfee’s current annual salary at Whitehall schools is $126,442, with a retirement benefit of $37,882 and insurance benefits worth $28,293, for a total compensation package of $192,617.

Hamler said McAfee’s resignation was a surprise, but added he could appreciate his choice.

“I understand and respect his decision,” Hamler said.