By Kevin Kelley
Amy Hendricks’ expertise with the latest high-tech procedures and tools in accounting make her an ideal choice to be the next treasurer of the Fairview Park City Schools, Superintendent Brion Deitsch and school board president Joe Shucofsky said.
The board of education approved her appointment at a special meeting Sept. 4. She was given a three-year contract, which will commence Oct. 1. Former Treasurer Ryan Ghizzoni, who recently resigned to take the same post at the Berea City Schools, will also serve as interim treasurer for the Fairview district for the rest of September.
Hendricks’ salary will be $111,830 on an annual basis for a 260-day schedule, according to district officials. Her current salary in Vermilion is $101,994, according to a Vermilion Local Schools spokeswoman. Ghizzoni annual salary was $120,323 for a 250-day schedule.
Hendricks, the treasurer of the Vermilion Local Schools since 2000, said the job change was sudden and not one she sought.
“I wasn’t looking for a job,” Hendricks told the Vermilion Photojournal, a sister newspaper to West Life. “They came to me.”
“It happened really fast,” Hendricks added. “I was approached the week of Aug. 15. I said I would just talk to them. They never did a search.”
Deitsch said the Fairview Park district, with the help of Finding Leaders, a headhunter company, actually did a limited search. The district wanted to avoid appointment of an interim treasurer, the superintendent said.
Under Ghizzoni, the Fairview Park district implemented several electronic methods of money management, such as cashless and paperless payments, Deitsch said.
Both the superintendent and school board president said finding a school district treasurer qualified in these relatively cutting-edge procedures might be difficult.
“The bar has been set very high for Amy or whoever would have been Ryan’s replacement,” the superintendent explained.
But, Deitsch and Shucofsky said, Hendricks was quickly identified as a candidate who possessed the high-tech financial management skills sought for the Fairview district’s treasurer’s job.
“Early on, the board determined that Amy filled the model we were looking for,” Deitsch told West Life.
“We heard nothing but good things about her,” Shucofsky said.
Hendricks joined the Vermilion Local Schools in August 2000 from the Stryker Local Schools. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo, and a master’s of business administration from the University of Findlay.
In her 13 years with the Vermilion district, Hendricks has been a part of the school district’s financial recovery and reinvention plan, and most recently oversaw financing for the construction of a new elementary school.
Hendricks received the Vermilion Business and Professional 2011 Woman of the Year – Community Award, served as a governing board member of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and as president of the Northwest Ohio Association of School Business Officials. She has two grown children.
(Candace Barczyk, news editor of the Vermilion Photojournal, contributed to this article.)