June 27, 2016

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Medina Schools treasurer Chambers named, coming from Fremont Schools

Medina school board members Monday named David Chambers as the district’s new treasurer. Board members approved a 3⅓-year contract that will pay Chambers $97,000 annually.

Chambers now is treasurer for Fremont Schools in Sandusky County. He will start work in Medina on April 1.

David Chambers

David Chambers

“He probably had the best resume of all the people we talked to,” school board President Tom Cahalan said. “I know they’re going to miss him in Fremont.”

Cahalan said that before taking the job in Fremont, Chambers and his wife lived in Medina County and wanted to return.

“He commuted for a while to Fremont, but he eventually moved there,” Cahalan said. “I understand they’re excited to move back.”

Cahalan said Chambers wanted to give district personnel in Fremont a full month to find a replacement; that’s why he won’t be taking office until April.

Medina City Teachers Association President John Leatherman said he was pleased with the process of hiring Chambers and said he thought the contract offered to Chambers was fair.

“It’s a contract I’m used to seeing and that I understand,” Leatherman said. “The MCTA is happy to have someone new on board and I’m excited to meet him.”

Chambers will replace Jim Hudson, who resigned at the end of November to take a job as treasurer of Avon Schools. Had he stayed, Hudson would have been paid about $97,200 a year.

Hudson’s assistant treasurer, Jacqui Pursley, also resigned and took a similar position in the treasurer’s department of the Avon district, according to the school board’s meeting minutes.

In a related action Monday, Medina board members approved paying Pursley $50 an hour to help with the transition.

At a meeting last month, the school board approved hiring Jeanne Blankenship to replace Pursley. Blankenship has taken office and while she will work alongside Chambers when he comes on board, Cahalan said hiring Pursley was necessary because Blankenship and Chambers are both new to the district.

“There’s no overlap in personnel,” Cahalan said, when asked why Pursley was being brought back.

Community members questioned the contract and said it seemed as though Pursley was benefiting from her decision to leave the district.

When asked about Pursley’s pay, interim Superintendent Dave Knight said the $50 per hour rate was set by Pursley.

“That’s the rate she said she would work for and nothing less,” Knight said.

Knight said he doesn’t expect Pursley to be needed for too many hours, but board members elected to put a cap of 80 hours on the transition.

Board member Doug Adamczyk said, “I would feel better with a cap on it.”

Interim Medina Treasurer Cliff Reinhardt said Pursley already put in eight hours with Blankenship last weekend. He said most of the hours would be in the evenings and on weekends, so they won’t interfere with Pursley’s job in Avon.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.