The Groveport Madison school district is in the hunt for a new treasurer following the resignation of John Walsh, who will become treasurer for Whitehall City Schools on Oct. 25.
Walsh’s last day with Groveport Madison will be Oct. 13.
“John has done an incredible job as our treasurer since he arrived in 2015,” Groveport Madison Board of Education President Bryan Shoemaker said in a news release. “He has worked hard to restore the faith and trust in the district’s financial reporting systems, and he has implemented many new strategies and initiatives to save our taxpayers money and at the same time increase the transparency of our financial reporting.”
“The Groveport Madison Board of Education gave me an opportunity to expand my professional scope and in doing so, opened new doors for my family to grow,” Walsh said in a release. “I will always be grateful to the board of education and the Groveport Madison schools community.”
According to information from the district, during his tenure with Groveport Madison schools, Walsh led the switch from a provider-managed health insurance program to a self-insured model, a move that saved the district roughly $6 million over the last two years.
He also helped the district refinance more than $8 million in bonds, saving taxpayers more than $800,000 in gross debt service.
“John’s departure will be a big loss, but he should be very proud knowing all that he has accomplished during his time here,” Shoemaker said. “He leaves big shoes to fill, and he will most certainly be missed.”
The Whitehall school board approved hiring Walsh in a 4-0 vote during a Sept. 26 special meeting.
“He was the most well-rounded candidate for that position and reminded me a lot of our current treasurer (Steve McAfee), having the knowledge of what it takes to run a district in whole,” Whitehall board President Mike Adkins said.
Adkins said Walsh was selected from 12 applicants, and discussions about potential candidates took place over the course of a week among board members.
According to a district news release, to fill Walsh’s position, the school board likely will contract a consulting firm that specializes in the hiring of treasurers and superintendents in the state of Ohio.
An interim treasurer will be selected as the district searches for candidates to fill the position permanently, although there is currently no timeline in place for when these moves will occur.