Groveport Madison Schools treasurer steps down

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Tony Swartz has resigned as treasurer for Groveport Madison Local Schools effective July 31, 2015.

In a letter to the Groveport Madison Board of Education dated Dec. 17, Swartz said he is resigning “for retirement purposes.”

“It seemed like the time to go,” Swartz said in an interview Dec. 23. “With the levy being passed and the projects under way, it was not a bad time to step out. I wanted to give the board as much time as possible to find a replacement. I have no ill feelings toward the district and did not want to leave them in a lurch. I’ll work as long as they need me till they find my replacement.”

Swartz said he had no firm plans for what he will do in retirement.

“I have lots of opportunities, but not anything specifically at this point,” said Swartz. “Probably something related to schools, but you never know.”

According to Groveport Madison Schools Public Relations Officer Mary Guiher, Swartz submitted his resignation to the board during an executive session held Dec. 17.

“The search for an interim or full time replacement will begin immediately,” said Guiher.

She said Swartz will continue to be available to help with the transition period for his replacement through his resignation date.

Guiher said the board intends to use the Ohio Association of School Business Officials organization to help with the search for a new treasurer.

“It is too early to speculate on a timeline as to when the position will be filled,” said Guiher. “The board intends to fill the position when they are confident they have found the right person for the job. The position will be filled by the most qualified candidate for the position. The decision to hire an interim or full time treasurer will be dependent upon the pool of candidates applying for the job.”

Guiher said the district will look for a person who has good communication skills and has experience working with staff and budgets. Candidates who have worked on an Ohio Facilities Construction Committee project, or are familiar with the process, are desirable. In addition, the district will be looking for a person who can provide guidance on contract negotiations.

Swartz came to Groveport Madison on Jan. 1, 2008 and he retired and was rehired on July 1, 2009.

Under Swartz’ direction, the district was awarded the Certificate of Achievement by the Government Finance Officers Association five times and the Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence four times.

“It’s been a fun ride,” said Swartz.

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1 COMMENT

  1. The Groveport Madison School District has been very fortunate to have someone as qualified as Tony Swartz serve as treasurer over the past six years. Tony is one of the most qualified and ethical people I know in school finance. To be awarded the Certificate of Achievement by the Government Finance Officers Association five times and the Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence four times is an accomplishment not to be taken lightly. In other words, Tony Swartz knows school finance. It will be difficult to replace Tony. Let’s hope our board of education sets the bar very high.

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