The board hired Gilman Partners, an executive search and recruiting firm, to search for its new CFO/treasurer. A district screening committee met with multiple candidates for the position, according to Board President Todd Duwel, who added that Belden will officially begin her tenure with the district Jan. 22.
“She brings an impeccable reputation for integrity and financial acumen, measured by a focused commitment to mission to make sure our district and community’s interest are best served at every turn,” he said. “As we move forward with the many opportunities that lay ahead, Julie will be a tremendous partner for those of us who love to call Oakwood home.”
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Duwel also delivered the “State of the Schools” address and challenged Belden to “conduct feasibility studies around alternative revenue streams for operational expenses and economic development potential, drive charitable and planned giving, and partner with anyone, anywhere who shares our commitment to the value of an Oakwood education and continuous learning and growth.”
He said in 2019, a key to the district’s success will be getting the ballot issue in May approved. It is one request with two distinct parts, a 4.99-mill operating levy and a bond at approximately 2.7 mills.
“The operating levy ensures our ability to provide the quality education our community has long valued. The bond will pay for Phase I of the Master Facilities Plan,” Duwel said. “Phase I is focused on prioritized, foundational infrastructure at the junior and senior high buildings, and targeted infrastructure at Smith and Harman to address critical upgrades.”