Northwestern Local Schools Board of Education
Special session, Jan. 31
KEY ACTION On Monday evening, the Northwestern Local Schools Board of Education hired Jerry Buccilla as the new treasurer in a three-year contract from Aug. 1, 2022, to July 31, 2025. Buccilla will work up to 30 days before his start date.
KEY DISCUSSION The board and a committee composed of employees and community members interviewed candidates.
Buccilla was hired by a 5-0 vote among four finalists.
His salary will start at $95,000 per year, with annual cost-of-living raises equal to those negotiated by certified employees.
“I believe Jerry will be an outstanding treasurer for Northwestern, and the chemistry between he and I and the Board of Education is already evident,” Superintendent Jeffrey Layton said in an email following the meeting.
“Jerry has many years of experience in business, finance, auditing, and being a school treasurer,” Layton said.
On his resume, Buccilla, who is from Port Clinton, included in his career summary a role as senior financial leader with more than 20 years experience in the public and private sector.
Background includes treasure in Columbus City, assistant state auditor
His background in school finance includes serving as treasurer for school districts including Columbus City, Gahanna-Jefferson, Whitehall City, and Logan Elm.
He was an assistant to the state auditor for two years and owns a consulting firm called GHB Financial Solutions, Layton said.
“We are getting an extremely knowledgeable and experienced school treasurer with an extremely strong finance background,” Layton said in an email.
A community “meet-and-greet” for Buccilla will be held Friday in the Northwestern High School library between the junior varsity and varsity basketball games.
Buccilla and his wife, Lesley, plan to relocate to the Northwestern community.
Buccilla will replace Lesa Forbes, whose resignation was accepted in November and is effective June 30.
OTHER DISCUSSION A school bus grant from the state awarded the district a $180,000 bus replacement grant for four school buses over the next two school years, Layton said. It will fund the replacement of almost half of the regular route bus fleet, covering nearly 50% of the cost of four buses.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
- The board will report the results of a state performance audit of the district with the community during the Feb. 21 regular Board of Education meeting. Wayne County Auditor Jarra Underwood will make a presentation about district finances in relation to the county Auditor’s Office.
- The board approved 5-0 hiring Joseph Cardinal as the Northwestern High School varsity head football coach. He previously has served as head football coach in Triad Local Schools in Champaign County.
UP NEXT Regular session of the board, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Northwestern High School, 7473 Elyria Road, West Salem