October 22, 2014

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Updated: Medina schools treasurer’s contract released

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MEDINA — The Medina Board of Education presented a contract for an as-yet named treasurer at a special meeting Thursday.

The proposed 3⅓-year contract provides for an annual salary of $97,000.

“One of the goals of this contract was that we wanted to make it closer to the standard for our administrators,” board President Tom Cahalan said. “There’s a template that makes it very easy for the public to understand and the district has gotten away from that for the past couple of years, and we’re very happy to be coming back around to it.”

Board member Doug Adamczyk said the board looked at the salaries for treasurers at 10 different districts in the region comparable to Medina.

The average district treasurer’s salary is about $101,000. The highest was North Royalton’s at $112,000 and the lowest Avon Lake at $87,000.

The new treasurer’s salary will fall between that paid by Brunswick — $100,000 — and Wadsworth — $93,400, according to documents provided at Thursday’s meeting.

Medina’s enrollment is about 500 fewer students than Brunswick’s and about 2,300 more than Wadsworth’s.

Cahalan said the contract was written by Jim Shields, the school district’s director of human resources and a Medina councilman and attorney, and reviewed by attorney Don Scriven.

Cahalan said the contract is expected to be approved and the name of the new treasurer announced at the board’s work session Monday.

He said the board wanted the contract available to the public before the vote to approve the pact to ensure transparency after last year’s uproar over former Superintendent Randy Stepp’s contract, approved at a Jan. 7, 2013, work session without publicity.

None of the five members of the board who approved the contract, which provided for an $83,000 signing bonus, are still on the board.

Soon after the district passed a five-year, 5.9-mill levy in November, members of the school board moved to approve a new contract for former Treasurer Jim Hudson, but refused to make the pact public before the vote.

In reaction to public criticism, the board postponed its vote and Hudson resigned to take a job in Avon.

Cahalan, who was appointed to the board in March 2013, said the board received about 20 resumes for the post and about 15 were seriously considered.

Five candidates were interviewed in the first round and two in the final round.

Cahalan said he is confident the board chose the right candidate.

“We’re pleased with the experience this person brings and we feel confident that the terms of this contract are in line with his experience,” he said.

Cahalan said the new treasurer has 20 years of experience, with the past 11 as a state-licensed assistant treasurer in a school district.

“The person this contract is for really wants to be in Medina,” he said. “And we really want him here.”

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.