By danny restivo
The school board has approved using staff at the Trumbull County Educational Service Center as the district’s interim treasurer for the remainder of the school year.
The board approved the motion after dissolving a shared-services agreement with Hubbard schools at a special meeting Wednesday at the high school.
The shared-services contract, designed to assist cash-strapped Liberty with treasurer duties, was approved by both school boards in December.
Rhonda Baldwin-Amorganos, Hubbard treasurer, notified the Liberty board of education Jan. 29 of her intent to resign as Liberty’s district treasurer.
Baldwin-Amorganos cited her commitment to Hubbard schools, her main employer, as the reason.
“I still think shared-services is a wonderful idea, but when you have a district in a position such as Liberty, you need a full-time treasurer,” she said. “I was supposed to split my time 65-35, but I was spending all my time in Liberty.”
Stan Watson, Liberty superintendent, said the district would pay the TCESC $250 a day for full-time treasurer duties, or roughly $25,000 over the life of the agreement. It’s nearly the same amount Liberty was slated to pay in the shared- treasurer agreement with Hubbard, he said.
Watson said the new contract stipulates that two people will be allocated for the district’s bookkeeping.
The original contract said Baldwin-Amorganos would receive $45,029 of her salary from Hubbard and $24,246 from Liberty.
Watson said the new agreement will save the district the same amount of money, roughly $37,000 a year.
Watson said the agreement with the county’s educational service center would expire June 30. He said the board would then decide on hiring a new full-time treasurer or review another shared-services agreement.
“The board will have time to re-evaluate the arrangement at the end of the year,” said Watson. “Right now we have every confidence that the educational service center will provide us with a quality service.”