WARREN School board hires an interim treasurer

Frances Barta retired in 1999 as treasurer of Niles schools.
WARREN -- The board of education hired an assistant treasurer Tuesday to help treasurer L. Greg Slemons tie up loose ends before the end of the year.
Frances C. Barta will serve as assistant treasurer until Slemons leaves June 30 to take over full time as treasurer of Orange School District, near the Cleveland suburbs of Beachwood and Pepper Pike.
She will then serve as interim treasurer until Slemons' replacement is hired.
Because of the abrupt departure of the Orange treasurer, Slemons, 42, began working in the Orange district at the beginning of the month.
His salary will increase from about $77,000, plus a car allowance here, to about $88,000, he has said.
Held Niles post: Barta retired in February 1999 after serving as treasurer for 20 years in Niles schools. She recently spent about seven months working as a consultant with Hubbard schools when it was searching for a new treasurer.
She says she has no plans to apply for the full-time Warren position.
The board has agreed to pay Barta $35 per hour as assistant and $45 per hour as interim treasurer. The number of hours she'll work will be agreed upon by Barta and the board periodically during the time she serves.
The board also will pay Barta's share toward the Schools Employees Retirement System.
Slemons took over the Warren post in 1993 after working in the private sector and as treasurer of schools in Hubbard, where he grew up.
The school board has hired the Ohio School Boards Association for $5,400 to conduct a search for Slemons' replacement.

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