WARREN Board hires new schools business chief

The new director has experience with school business operations.
WARREN -- The city school district is preparing to say goodbye to Paul McCombs, executive director of business operations. The board of education hired James A. Russo, his replacement, Tuesday on a three-year contract at $74,793 per year. He begins July 1. The board has agreed to pay him on a daily basis as a consultant for days he works here this month.
Russo, of Northfield, is president and chief executive officer of E.J. Williams Inc. of New Castle, a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire Co.
McCombs, 53, resigned, effective June 30, for family reasons. He worked for Warren three years and before that had similar positions in Liberty and Mathews school districts.
More than a dozen people applied for the position.
Board member Robert Faulkner Sr. said Russo was chosen for his experience and is being brought in this month "to make the transition as smooth as possible."
What he'll do: Duties will include overseeing food services and transportation. Faulkner said Russo's input will be needed because the district is in line to receive money from the Ohio School Facilities Commission for construction and renovations.
Russo has certification as a business manager, treasurer, principal and teacher. He earned his bachelor's degree in business from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has master's degree in secondary education from Youngstown State University.
His experience working for schools includes instructor and assistant director and dean of New Castle Business College; director of consumer education center and instructor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; operations and planning manager, Chillicothe City Schools; and director of business affairs, Nordonia Hills City Schools.
He also worked in sales and had positions as controller, business manager, chief financial manager, purchasing manager, accounts payable supervisor and operations manager.
Another opening: A replacement also is being sought for treasurer L. Greg Slemons, who is leaving to become treasurer of a school district in suburban Cleveland.

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