The Iroquois School Board Friday named a Warsaw Central School official who is an ex-colleague of incoming Superintendent Douglas Scofield to head up the business office.
Joanne M. George will join Iroquois on July 20 for a three-year probationary appointment through July 20, 2014. The $95,000 annual salary will be pro-rated for the 2011-12 school year. A resident of Holland, George has worked in Warsaw as business administrator for less than six months. Before that, she worked in the Holland Central School District for more than a decade as treasurer and then senior account clerk before being named business administrator last November. Her appointment was made during a special board meeting.
George, who earned her professional certificate for the post in February, was chosen from a pool of seven candidates.
She said she is looking forward to the move.
"I had no intention of staying in Warsaw for such a short time," George said. "It was just an opportunity that I couldn't let go by."
Though Iroquois is entering the new fiscal year under a contingency budget, George said she was not intimidated. She said she worked under at least two contingency budgets in the Holland School District.
Scofield worked with George for about 18 months, during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years, when he was business administrator in Holland. When he left in July 2006 for Iroquois, George took over, handling most of the financial business for Holland through last year.
In another matter, the board discussed the year-end fund balance.
Scofield said he hoped to use a portion of the funds to establish an employee retirement system reserve account as a means of protecting residents from tax spikes resulting from state Education Department adjustments in the amount districts are required to pay into the retirement account.
The board is unable to vote on a specific dollar amount until the district's fiscal year is complete.