Bettsville reinstates treasurer

BETTSVILLE – The Bettsville Local Board of Education passed an amended resolution to reinstate district treasurer Roger Luhring Thursday evening.

The board met in regular session after a special meeting Monday resulted in Luhring’s suspension.

Board President Michelle Davis, Vice President Nicholas Baker and members Leslie Hunker and Ryan Hull were present Thursday. The four members entered into executive session to discuss personnel.

Also present at the executive session was Jim Lahoski, superintendent for the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center. Davis invited him to participate.

Lahoski offered no comment on the matter.

After returning from executive session, Davis presented a statement from the board.

“District administrators and other officials have done a preliminary examination of a concern about several slow payments for services and have determined that the lateness was due to a number of relevant factors which include a lack of cash flow,” she said. “The investigation showed no indication of anything that violates Ohio law or is of criminal nature by the district and/or the treasurer.”

The Bettsville board, through Superintendent Gregg Pettit, has contacted the state auditor’s office to conduct a comprehensive audit of district financial transactions, Davis said.

“At this time, the Bettsville board believes that it is in the best interest to reinstate Roger Luhring to the treasurer position and to continue to assist and explore the severe cash flow problems that triggered the late payments,” Davis said. “There will be no further comments on this matter.”

The district is scheduled to have its annual audit in the next few weeks.

The board also voted to change its regular meetings to Wednesdays instead of Thursdays.

In other business, the board:

Approved the consent agenda.

Approved the superintendent’s recommendations.

Approved a one-year administrative contract for Michelle Dantuono for the 2013-14 school year, subject to the approval of the shared services agreement with Old Fort Local Schools.

Approved the revised teaching contract for Ashley Pugh to reflect a bachelor’s degree plus one-year experience.

The next regular board meeting is to be 5 p.m. Nov. 13.