The Springboro school board is looking for a someone to manage the district’s financial affairs for the fourth time in as many years.
Treasurer Tracy Jarvis is leaving the Springboro school district to become treasurer of the Xenia Community Schools.
In addition to turnover since 2010 in the treasurer’s position, the Springboro district has lost two board members, two superintendents and two business managers. The assistant superintendent’s position was eliminated.
Jarvis joined the Springboro district in January 2011 as a consultant, as the board confronted multi-million budget deficit projections and the unlikelihood of new operating money after five consecutive levy defeats.
She followed Erik Beavers, who resigned after three months in 2010 to take a job in Fairborn, and long-time treasurer Tim Dettwiller, who left earlier in the year for a rural district in Madison County, citing the pressures of working for a divided board.
“We’ve got everything calmed down now,” Jarvis said last week after negotiating her contract with the Xenia district.
She said she will be paid $125,000 a year for the full-time position — $55,000 a year more than she was paid to work three days a week in Springboro.
While only part-time, Jarvis said the Springboro job required her continued attention. In addition to her office duties, the board conducted long regular and special meetings, and Jarvis also was part of board committee meetings. The office also began reviewing financial filings from booster groups supporting sports and extracurricular activities.
“It’s three days a week in the office. It’s really full time,” Jarvis said.
Jarvis also served as treasurer for as many as six charter schools and plans to continue overseeing the finances for two charters while working full-time in Xenia.
She was selected by the Xenia board after a search process, culminating in joint interviews of the top two candidates, Xenia Board of Education President Steve Alex said.
Like Jarvis in Springboro, the Xenia’s district’s previous treasurer, Brad McKee, was working part time for Xenia and part time for the Southeastern district in Chillicothe. McKee was being paid $70,500 to work 35 hours a week in Xenia.
The Xenia board wanted to hire a full-time treasurer, Alex said. He noted Jarvis’ almost 20 years experience as a treasurer and training in the “emotional quotient,” enabling her to interact well with people.
“We’re happy to have her. We’ll have full-time coverage,” he said.
Jarvis starts in Xenia on Oct. 1.
The Springboro district has begun a search for a replacement.
“You came in and made some changes,” Board Vice President Jim Rigano said. “I think people recognize that. You’re in demand.”