Vermilion Schools treasurer resigns

Treasurer Amy Hendricks is leaving Vermilion Schools at the end of the month for a new job at Fairview Park Schools, near Cleveland.
Alissa Widman Neese
Sep 23, 2013
At a special meeting Saturday morning, board members agreed to accept her letter of resignation, effective Sept. 30.

They appointed John Scott, a retired treasurer with almost 44 years experience, to be interim Vermilion Schools treasurer while the district seeks a permanent replacement. Scott retired in February from Clearview Schools in Lorain, where he worked for more than 11 years.

“We’ve already started the process with Finding Leaders, a search firm, and we’re hoping to have a permanent person in that position by December,” superintendent Phil Pempin said. “(Scott) has been doing this a long time, and he’ll do a great job filling in that gap while we continue interviewing to find the right person.”

Scott will earn $40 an hour at Vermilion Schools.

Hendricks begins her work as Fairview Parks Schools treasurer Oct. 1, filling a vacancy currently occupied by an interim treasurer.

Hendricks received about $102,000 per year as Vermilion Schools treasurer. She will receive about $112,000 per year as Fairview Park Schools treasurer. Vermilion Schools first hired Hendricks in 2000.

Board members initially faced her letter of resignation at a meeting Monday, but agreed to hold off on accepting it until they selected a suitable replacement for Hendricks.

While at Vermilion Schools, Hendricks received the Vermilion Business and Professional 2011 Woman of the Year Community Award. She also served as a governing board member of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and president of the Northwest Ohio Association of School Business Officials.

Most recently at Vermilion Schools, she helped district officials secure funding for the construction of a new elementary school building, about $10 million, without increasing property taxes. Construction should be completed by next year.

“She was instrumental in working with us during our district’s reinvention plan and keeping us from going back to the taxpayers for operating money,” Pempin said. “She’s done a fantastic job for our district, and we’re going to miss her.”