The search process for a new Warren County School District business manager could take a number of forms.
During a recent meeting of the school district's board of directors, Superintendent Dr. Robert Terrill outlined some of the possibilities.
One option would be an internal search, Terrill said, and would follow district policy. Alternatively, he said the district could rely on the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Administrators.
The organization has expertise in this area, Terrill said, and is managed by past business administrators. On occasion, he said the central office becomes distracted by different projects.
Board member Donna Zariczny said the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit has done recent searches for business officials and may have help available for regional searches.
"Whether we do that or PASBO, we'll pursue every source we can," Zariczny said. "It's very important."
Board member Kim Angove said she prefers an internal search. She cited the pricetag from PASBO, a $7,000 cost estimate, as her reasoning in addition to the help the IU might provide.
Board President Arthur Stewart said the district had been spoiled for more than 20 years regarding business managers. He said he was pleased to have Larry Conrad help out during the current emergency.
Whether the district employs an internal or external approach, Stewart said the search will be expensive. Getting a qualified chief financial officer will prove time-consuming, he said.
Board member John Grant said he does not believe the district has the capacity to do an internal search at the level it needs to be done without drawing in other people. A citizens' group might be able to help, he said.