West Branch treasurer quits

BELOIT — The West Branch school district is once again losing a member of its administrative team.

The board Thursday night accepted the resignation of treasurer Julia Rozsnyai effective Nov. 27. No reason was given for the resignation.

“We appreciate the service and support Julia has provided to West Branch in her time as treasurer,” acting Superintendent Micki Egli said in a written statement. “We will miss her contributions but are happy to see her find an opportunity that will reduce her commute and increase the amount of time she is able to spend with her family. We wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Rozsnyai joined the district in March after the resignation of previous treasurer David Drawl in February. Prior to coming to West Branch she was a lead fiscal support specialist at Connect, an information technology center in Northeast Ohio, and previously worked in the Chagrin Falls and Kenston school districts.

Board president Courtney Stryffeler thanked Rozsnyai for her work the past several months and noted she “brought a lot positivity to the district.”

Rozsnyai said she appreciated the opportunity to have worked with the school board, administrative team and staff and said she will “truly miss the West Branch family.”

Rozsnyai’s resignation is the latest in a string of changes in the administrative team at the district in less than a year. In addition to Drawl’s resignation in February, the district has seen the resignation of middle school principal Stephen Fowler following a three-month Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) absence and longtime board member John Wallace, both in August, and the FMLA absence of Superintendent Timothy Saxton for 90 days effective Aug. 26.

The board also cut ties with the Nutrition Group, which provided food service management last year, just before the start of the school year and approved a series of reduction in force (RIF) this summer that ultimately ended with Gerry Brain remaining as maintenance director and former Warrior Academy (online) coordinator and legendary wrestling coach Mike Helm stepping in as the combined athletic director and transportation director. The board had earlier approved the RIF of Brain and transportation director Sherri Malloy, but not then-athletic director Ellie Geiger, as a cost-saving measure recommended by Saxton. Brain was recalled and Helm hired after Geiger took a position with a Columbus-area school district.

Egli, the special services director, is serving as the temporary assistant to the superintendent while Saxton is on leave and Lorrie Weingart, retired director of food services, was brought back in the same position. Assistant middle school principal Jason Yeagley was promoted to replace Fowler and the board created a new full-time position of bus mechanic/route coordinator filled by Aaron Oblisk, a part-time transportation department employee.

The board met in executive session for nearly 25 minutes prior to accepting Rozsnyai’s resignation.



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