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District interviews treasurer finalists

Alissa Widman Neese • Jun 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Norwalk Schools has narrowed its list of treasurer hopefuls to four individuals.

The newest person vying for the job: EHOVE Career Center treasurer Larry Hanneman, who is set to retire from his post July 31.

Hanneman, who didn’t apply for the Norwalk Schools position, has been with EHOVE for the past 25 years.

Norwalk school board members invited Hanneman for an interview this past week, North Point Educational Service Center superintendent Doug Crooks said Friday. The center is coordinating the search.

“It’s not uncommon to reach out to someone they’re possibly seeking out” Crooks said.

Hanneman’s retirement timeline aligns with Norwalk’s goal to hire a new treasurer before the upcoming school year begins.

The three other treasurer finalists, all who applied for the job:

•Mitchell Cupach, former Northern Ohio Painting and Taping Contractors Association executive director.

•Sue Lehmann, Upper Sandusky assistant treasurer.

•Beverly Sabo, Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center assistant to the treasurer.

Board members gathered for two closed-door meetings this past week, one Monday and one Wednesday, both at 7:30 p.m. in the district’s board office on Benedict Avenue.

During the two sessions, they interviewed all four treasurer hopefuls, with support from John Ruf, who assists Crooks at North Point.

Kenneth France, longtime Norwalk Schools treasurer, announced his retirement this past year, effective Dec. 31, prompting the two-round, months-long search.

North Point Educational Service Center is now preparing to launch a second administrator hunt for Norwalk Schools, after superintendent Dennis Doughty announced his retirement this past week, effective July 31.

The center will advertise Doughty’s position until June 27, Crooks said.

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