Bellaire schools’ treasurer stepping down

BELLAIRE – Bellaire Local School District Treasurer Cyndi Shaw is stepping down from the post she’s held since 2012 to pursue other business interests.

The Bellaire Board of Education accepted her resignation effective July 1 and hope to have a new treasurer lined up by the May board meeting.

Superintendent Tony Scott said he is sorry to see Shaw leave the post and credited her with helping the school district. She was hired after the school district was placed under fiscal emergency by the state for having a financial deficit.

“She’s done a great job over the years and as part of the board team, she has made great progress with our financial situation,” Scott said. “Cyndi was a key component to the school district and I will miss her as a colleague and a friend.”

Scott said the school district will advertise for the position until March 21. Candidates must have a treasurer’s license.

During her tenure, Shaw said she brought her business experience to the job to better the school district’s financial situation.

“When I joined Bellaire Local Schools as treasurer at its most critical period in its history, I realized it could not be business as usual and that we must look for new methods to take the Bellaire Local Schools District back to the glory it deserves,” Shaw said.

“We could no longer perform the fiscal duties the same way as we had in the past. New methods must be put in place. So after pondering how to tackle the schools’ most compelling challenges, I decided to identify, evaluate and execute strategies on how to think more like a business and improve communication to enhance the relationship with the superintendent, the board, the staff and the community.”

To help the district, Shaw said the staff negotiated an increase in health insurance costs and out of pocket costs and decreased benefits for themselves and their families.

Technology was updated including the payroll system and software.

The district has also repaid most of its loan of $6.7 million from the state. That loan has been reduced to $369,791.00 which will be paid in full in June of this year.

“I feel my mission as chief fiscal officer at Bellaire Local Schools has been fulfilled. The staff has continued to assist our every effort in cutting costs to the tax payers,” Shaw said. “My hopes are to have the continued support of our community and local businesses.”

In other news, the board has appointed Robert “Bubba” Kapral to fill the remaining year of an unexpired term on the Bellaire Library Board of Directors. Dan Frizzi Jr. was appointed to a 7-year term on the library board.