School board recommends hiring Reinhard as treasurer

Staff report


The city school board has recommended that James Reinhard be appointed treasurer of the school district. The board will vote at Tuesday’s regular meeting on the recommendation.

Richard Atkinson, board president, said six members voted unanimously to recommend Reinhard for the position. There are seven members on the board.

Atkinson said the hours for the position will be “flexible” and not full-time if the board approves the appointment. He declined to say whether the position would be permanent or interim and declined to say what the hourly rate would be.

Reinhard has been working as the Youngstown Schools Academic Distress Commission-appointed fiscal monitor in the school district since December.

He’s the retired treasurer of Canton City Schools.

The former treasurer, William Johnson, announced in late 2011 his plans to retire at the end of the 2011-12 school year. The district advertised to fill the post, and by April, it had a list of four finalists. The Academic Distress Commission last May, however, without explanation placed the treasurer on paid administrative leave through the remainder of his contract, which expired in July 2012. The panel also directed the school district to re-advertise for the job, effectively disregarding the four finalists.

The treasurer from the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center was appointed interim treasurer and worked in the district through the summer. Assistant treasurers continue to run the office, along with Reinhardt, who works a few days per week.

Last August, the school board, with help from a search firm, had narrowed to three another set of finalists. One of those candidates also had been on the previous finalist list.

Atkinson said the board couldn’t afford the pay and benefits package requested by one finalist. He declined to discuss the other two.

The job postings haven’t specified a salary, but Johnson earned about $84,000 annually.

Though the board president said he believes the office is being handled well by the assistant treasurers, he believes it’s important to find someone to do the job on a permanent basis.

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