GCSC appoints temporary CFO

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In the absence of a permanent chief financial officer, the Greencastle Community School Corporation is temporarily using an outside vendor to fill the position.

At Monday's meeting, the school board appointed Pat Green of Education Services Company (ESC) as the interim corporation treasurer.

The school had been using Green's services through ESC since the firing of Clayton Slaughter earlier this month, but a new appointment was made during board reorganization on Monday.

Green is retired from a similar position with Greenwood Community Schools.

At a recent community meeting Superintendent Dr. Lori Richmond said the corporation is taking its time in permanently filling the vacancy.

"This is not a position we want to rush into hiring," Richmond said.

Board member Mike Dean added that the board hopes to have Green or someone with similar qualifications on the hiring committee for a new CFO.

The board also re-appointed Bob Rund as corporation attorney and Jo Ellen Remsburg as Greencastle High School extracurricular treasurer.

In organizing officers for the year, the board went with experience, appointing Dean, the most-tenured board member, as president.

Mike White will serve as vice president, and Bill Tobin will be board secretary.

The 2012-2013 board is filled out by new members Denise Sigworth and Gary Haussin.

The board will continue to meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, but the venue of the meetings will change slightly. White proposed moving the board meetings to the corporate office conference room for the sake of acoustics and temperature.

Since the corporate office moved to the east part of Ridpath Primary School, most school board meetings have taken place in the school's cafeteria. However, the acoustics in the room are not conducive to a public meeting, and on hot nights -- like Monday -- the room is difficult to cool.

While a smaller venue, the conference room is a former classroom, so the acoustics are acceptable. Additionally, the room is more easily heated and cooled.

The board voted to make the move, but will revisit the issue if the smaller room becomes too crowded.

A title change was also approved for Dawn Puckett. While the corporation's No. 2 administrator had previously been referred to as "Assistant to the Superintendent," Puckett's new title will be "Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Grants."

Richmond said the title change reflects the changing nature of Puckett's job, as she not only oversees curriculum matters, but will now oversee the corporation's state and federal grants.

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