Board members praise outgoing treasurer

Ann Bernardo

By Greg Smart

HUBER HEIGHTS — Ann Bernardo, who left the Huber Heights City School district to become treasurer at Northmont on July 1, was involved in her final board meeting at a special meeting on June 25. Bernardo was emotional near the end of the meeting as she fought back tears to call the role on several votes.

“She’s more than just a treasurer,” board member Anita Brock told the Courier. “I think she’s part of the community. She put herself out there to answer questions to give all the information every opportunity she had. She pretty much made a path for other districts around to know how to handle cuts like the way our district did and the way to go about it.”

“She is a huge proponent of making sure that every decision that the district made is double checked, triple checked and she made sure that financially she felt comfortable with where the money was going…I think Northmont is getting the best treasurer of the year…,”added Brock.

Following the treasurer’s report, board member Kelly Bledsoe said it was a “great comfort” when you know you can trust the person who has been the treasurer all this time. He said this resulted in less work and less stress for the board.

Superintendent Susan Gunnell told the Courier that Bernardo will be “sorely missed.”

“She is a treasurer that goes above and beyond,” said Gunnell. “First and foremost, she is very dedicated to make sure that the district is financially in the condition that it is. But, she’s also a treasurer that keeps student learning in the forefront. Not many treasurers in the area are as visible as she is…She visits buildings, she attends after school events and again, she’ll be sorely missed.”

In other business, Beth Zugelder was appointed as Director of Special Services with a two-year contract beginning Aug. 1. Timothy Vaughn Jr. was appointed assistant principal at Wayne High School with a two-year contract beginning Aug. 1. Eric Dixon was approved as the district attendance supervisor.

The board approved the purchase of “Science Tech Book” by Discovery Education for grades three to eight as requested by the Office of Curriculum and Instruction. Assistant Superintendent Shelley Hilderbrand said that the teachers that were engaged in the process “loved the resource” and were “very excited about the opportunity this has for our students.”

The board adopted the elementary and junior high school bus stop locations for the 2015-16 school year.

The board will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 at the Central Office Boardroom at Studebaker.

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