by Jeff Saunders | Reporter
Nordonia Hills — Months after it became inactive, the school district is planning to reform its volunteer advisory finance committee.
Board of Education Vice President Dan Gallagher said at a Nov. 19 Board work session that a half dozen community members had applied to serve on the committee.
Gallagher said he and Board member Jim Virost, who will also serve on the committee, will recommend five to seven residents to serve on the committe at the board’s Dec. 10 meeting.
“We would come to you with our recommended people and we would have vetted them out before then,” said Gallagher.
Gallagher said that he and Virost are still accepting applications and that Dec. 10 is not an absolute deadline.
“The [committee] kickoff isn’t until January anyway,” he said.
The committee, to be called the Finance Activities Communications Team, or FACT, is also to include District Treasurer Karen Obratil.
Interested community members can get more information and access an application form by going to www.nordoniaschools.org. Click on “Board Desires Members for New Finance Committee” under “Latest News” on the home page.
The objectives of the committee include reviewing district audits, quarterly financial statements, the district’s five-year forecast, community demographics and student enrollment; conducting special projects, with Board approval, such as comparisons with other school districts in the area or districts around the state identified by the Ohio Department of Education as similar to Nordonia Hills; and report to the board on its activities quarterly.
Tentative quarterly meeting times are the fourth Monday in January, April, July and October from 7 to 8 a.m., but this is subject to change by the committee once it begins meeting.
The district had a finance committee for about a decade.
“The finance committee is something that nine or 10 years ago the state auditors recommended that districts have,” said Board member Betty Klingenberg, who has served on the board since 2002.
Gallagher and Virost, however, said the committee ceased meeting early this year due to a loss of membership.