Vince Utterback will leave his position as treasurer of Pickerington local schools effective April 10 to accept the title of business affairs and operations director at Kent State University.
Pickerington Board of Education President Wes Monhollen said an expedited search conducted by the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) would find a qualified individual to fill the position. By law, the district cannot operate without a treasurer.
"The board will search out and select a highly-qualified candidate that will help to financially lead this district," Monhollen said.
"Our hopes are to have someone in place prior to Vince leaving," said board member Lisa Reade. "At the very least, we will hire an interim treasurer that would be qualified to address the district’s needs while our search would continue. The board does have a specific job description that we interview for. We did enlist OSBA’s help in looking at a pool of candidates."
"OSBA usually does an outstanding job of supplying candidates," Monhollen said.
Utterback has served the district for 14 years, many of those as treasurer. He received a yearly salary of $87,000.
The superintendent and the treasurer are the two district positions that the school board hires directly. Monhollen said the board would negotiate salary and any fringe benefits with the potential candidate.
"Vince has done an outstanding job, we wish him the best and appreciate his many contributions and service to Pickerington Local Schools," Monhollen said.
"Vince was a very valued employee, but the job offer he got was terrific and I don’t blame him for exploring other ways to grow professionally," Reade said. "There is always the risk with your best employees that they will be recruited based on their merits. Vince’s name is out there. He has won multiple awards and is well known within the treasurer community."
Turnover in other positions
In addition to the treasurer position, the district hopes to find a new principal for Pickerington North High School.
"Michael Smith will be retiring as North’s principal after this year," Reade said. "Many of our administrators are close to 30 or 35 years of service."
In the past year, the district has hired a new superintendent and four new administrators in the main office. In addition, principal Michael Reeves replaced Chuck Kemper at Pickerington Central before the start of the school year and on April 1, Jeanette Henson replaced Tom Wilkinson as principal of Tussing Elementary.
Assistant Superintendent Lew Stemen will retire this summer. Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia is currently interviewing candidates for his position, Reade said.
Applicants for board seat
The board is also seeking applicants to replace board member Gail Oakes who plans to resign in April. Her term does not expire until Dec. 31, 2009.
Oakes will officially tender her resignation once she sells her house and moves from the district. Until then, the board cannot set a deadline for applications.
To apply for the vacant seat, residents need to visit the district’s Web site at www.pickerington.k12.oh.us and download the application form. Completed forms should be mailed to the district office at 777 Long Road, Pickerington, OH 43147.
The board has already received seven applications from the following people:
•Afrika Alsup, an administrative assistant with the Ohio EPA and who is studying for a Ph.D. in human resources, is a member of the Association of Blacks in Higher Education.
•Dr. Jim Brink, who lost his re-election bid to remain on the board last November, is president and CEO of James Gregory Associates, Inc.
•Tami Boucher, a sales manager for Netsmart Technology, is a 1977 graduate of Groveport Madison high school and for 40 years has attended Fellowship Baptist Church.
•Education consultant Dave Cash has been president of Charter School Specialists since 2004 and is a member of the Pickerington Chamber of Commerce. He served as principal of the Rosemont School in Columbus and later worked for the Ohio Department of Education reviewing charter schools.
•David Jaynes is vice president of Acree Daily Corp, which installs electronic security systems in government and commercial properties.
•Kevin Kenney, owner of Raymond James Financial Services, sits on the executive board of the Pickerington Youth Athletic Association and is president of the baseball board.
•Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff is vice president of medical education at Grant Medical Center. His lengthy resume includes many professional publications.