West Branch hires treasurer

BELOIT – The West Branch school district has new treasurer.

The school board hired Juliana Rozsnyai on a three-year contract effective April 9, 2020 through July 31, 2023 at an annual salary of $85,000.

According to a biography provided by the school board, Rozsnyai holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Cleveland State University, as well as an Associate of Arts Degree and an Associate of Science Degree from Cuyahoga County Community College. In addition, she holds her Ohio School Treasurer License.

She is currently a lead fiscal support specialist at Connect, an information technology center in Northeast Ohio, where she provides leadership and multi-faceted support for the effective collection, analysis, maintenance and reporting of multiple school districts’ financial data and payroll processing services. She has overseen the training, migration and implementation of the Redesign State Software for numerous districts. Prior to working at Connect, she was an assistant treasurer at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools for over four years and before that an administrative assistant to the assistant superintendent at Kenston Local Schools.

Prior to taking a position in the public education field, she earned experience in mortgage banking at Ohio Savings Bank for eight years as a team manager in the Payment Processing, Insurance and Loss Mitigation Departments.

Schools Superintendent Timothy Saxton said the district received 12 applications for the position. Of the 12, the board interviewed eight, bringing back three for a second round of interviews.

Saxton said the school board did a good job in identifying a new treasurer.

“[Rozsnyai] is an outstanding candidate. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will serve the district well as the chief financial officer,” he said. “I would commend the board in its diligence to find a qualified and talented candidate for the position.”

At the board meeting, Rozsnyai said she is “looking forward to working with everyone and making a difference.”

Rozsnyai is replacing David Drawl who resigned last month.

In other business, the board approved a contract with the Mahoning Valley Regional Council of Governments for a career counselor to be paid for with House Bill 166 funding for student success and wellness. Micki Egli will serve the position for the 2019-2020 school year from January through June at $2,100 for one day per week. The pay will be adjusted for time worked.

Saxton said the position is different from a guidance counselor because it functions specifically to careers, providing above and beyond what the current guidance counselors provide regarding careers. He said the district did not originally opt in to the service, but the house bill monies have provided the opportunity to take advantage of the service.

The board also appointed Egli as superintendent pro tempore for out of district and/or absences of Saxton for the 2019-2020 school year. Saxton noted Egli was instrumental in the district’s operation March 12 when the COVID-19 crisis started locally with the cancellation of the girls basketball state tournament, with much of the district’s administration in Columbus for the event. Saxton noted the board needs to vote on the issue each year.

In other business, the board approved a reduction if force (RIF) of teaching positions of Dion Franket at the high school and Michael Hart (special education) at the middle school effective the 2020-2021 school year based on the district reconfiguration that will move grades kindergarten through second to Damascus Elementary, third through eighth plus the pre-school to the middle school and close Knox Elementary. Saxton recommended the RIF of elementary teacher Jessica Ruggles, but boardmembers Courtney Stryffeler, Mikki Kanagy and Aaron Fox voted against the action, meaning she will stay in place as a teacher.

The board also approved the RIF of Julie Pierce, a nurses aid at Damascus Elementary, due to the reconfiguration.

Additionally the board accepted the resignation of Dawn Metz, treasurer’s assistant, effective March 10; and the retirements of Pamela Denny effective July 1and Mary Lou Hahlen as a cook’s helper effective April 1.

The board also accepted donations of $1,000 from Aultman Hospital for a water cooler for the high school, $1,000 from Alliance Community Hospital for Project Lead the Way, $5,000 from Butech Bliss for Project Lead the Way, $570 from various community members for a Memorial Tree for Wendy Beal at the middle school, $500 from Kevin and Sarah Butler to the West Branch Clothing Closet and $1,125 from Parker Hannifin Foundation for Lego kits for Robotics/Coding.



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