Groveport Madison Local Schools have a new money man.
On Nov. 20, the Groveport Madison Board of Education unanimously approved hiring Anthony Swartz as the district’s new treasurer. He replaces Anne Spano who resigned earlier this year.
"He is a good match for our district and represents the upper echelon of his profession. I expect our district to realize many cost savings due to his expertise," said Dr. Naomi Sealey, board vice president.
Swartz will begin work in the district on Jan. 1 at an annual salary of $95,000. He was given a three year contract with the district.
A certified public accountant (CPA), Swartz comes to Groveport Madison from Lakota Local Schools in Sandusky County where he served as treasurer since July 2007. Prior to that he was treasurer and chief financial officer for Anthony Wayne Local Schools for four and half years and treasurer of Bowling Green City Schools
for eight and a half years. Additionally he worked for the state auditor for two years and as fiscal officer for Henry Township for 14 years.
Swartz earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Dayton in 1983 and has completed 12 semester hours towards a master’s degree at Ashland University/Bowling Green State University.
Swartz said his interest in Groveport Madison came from "the positive and innovative thinking exhibited by the various board members and administrative team, and the geographical location and size of the district."
"Plus I come from a rural area and Groveport has that flavor," said Swartz.
His interest in finance came at an early age.
"I’ve always liked accounting," said Swartz. "It’s something that in school you find out quickly if you like it. You either love it or hate it, there’s no in between. I like the way accounting ties things together down to the penny and I like how it can help people make better decisions."
Board President June Gibbs said Swartz’ experience is a plus.
Board member John Kershner stated, "I like that he’s a CPA. Out of all the applicants, he was the most knowledgeable and articulate regarding school finance."
Kershner added that Swartz’ skills are evident in that, at one of his previous school district jobs, he saved that district approximately $700,000 in health care costs.