USD 418 mulls adding CFO to Central Office

By Chris Swick
February 10, 2016

The current model of administration in the USD 418 Central Office is unsustainable.

That's the message that Superintendent Mark Crawford had for board members Monday night as they discussed possibilities that included the hiring of a Chief Financial Officer.

“I think we're really at risk due to a lack of administrative guidance and oversight,” Crawford said. “It is my belief that we have a general fund that could easily handle an extra $40,000-$60,000 [for a salary]. Every year we're going to balance the budget. Really, this reorganization allows us to be more efficient and a more physically sound district.”

The reorganization that had been undertaken back last summer involved making McPherson County Special Education Cooperative Director Gordon Mohn also the director of Business and Operations with the district, while Angie McDonald was named the Director of Instruction.

The moves were necessary in the wake of the resignation of then-Associate Superintendent Chris Ruder, as both Mohn and McDonald, as well as Crawford, absorbed his duties for what was intended to be a period one year. The recent efficiency study conducted on the district backed up the feeling that the new model was insufficient for the district and that a financial manager would be the best route to go.

Crawford said, when looking to hire a potential person in this role, it may not necessarily go to someone already employed in the district.

“We don't see this person coming, necessarily, from the educational world,” Crawford said. “We want an expert in the are of accounting and finance.”

No action was taken on the item and further discussion will take place at future board meetings.