Groveport Madison Schools name new treasurer

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By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

FELICIA DRUMMEY

The Groveport Madison Board of Education approved the hiring of Felicia Drummey as district treasurer on Dec. 21.

According to Board President Bryan Shoemaker, Drummey’s annual salary will be $130,000 and her contract is for three years, which begins Aug. 1, 2020. Prior to that, Drummey will serve as the district’s financial consultant through Jan. 31 and then serve as interim treasurer from Feb. 1 to July 31.

Drummey has served as the treasurer at Coschocton City Schools since 2014. Prior to that she was treasurer at Big Walnut Local Schools from 2010-14 and at Northridge Local Schools from 2007-10. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University in 1994 and is a licensed school treasurer.

Drummey replaces former treasurer John Walsh, who resigned on Oct. 13 to take the position of treasurer at Whitehall City Schools. Walsh had served as Groveport Madison treasurer since June 2015.

The board reviewed 14 applications for the treasurer position and interviewed three candidates.

“She was the most qualified,” said Shoemaker. “She’s an experienced treasurer and the people at Coshocton Schools feel very highly about her. She has strong organizational and people skills. She will help us to continue to move our district forward.”

Drummey said she is eager to get started.

“I’m a learner and enjoy change,” said Drummey. “Groveport Madison has made great strides and has many accomplishments and I want to help build on that.”

She noted the community’s financial support of Groveport Madison Schools as evidenced by the passage of the recent operating levy as well as the bond issue to build the new high school.

“The district has tightened its belt, but there are still needs to be met, such as facilities and building maintenance needs. That will be our challenge,” said Drummey. “I have tools in my tool box to help with these initiatives.”

Drummey said the first thing she will do on the job will be to “dive into the books and get an understanding of the district’s overall financial picture and then convey that information to the board, the superintendent, and the taxpayers.”

“I’ll observe and learn and be in learning mode from the start,” she said.

An aspect of being a school treasurer that Drummey said she enjoys is being part of something that is for the greater good.

“Though a treasurer performs a behind the scenes job, I can contribute to the foundation that enables everyone else in the district to do what they need to do to serve the needs of our students,” said Drummey. “I love the variety of the work. It’s not just about the numbers. It’s about allocating resources where they’re needed to meet the needs of our students.”

The board contracted with the consulting search firm Finding Leaders to conduct the search for the new treasurer at a cost of $9,500 (plus travel expenses and printing and advertising costs.) The company specializes in the recruitment of treasurers and superintendents within Ohio.

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