Oakwood hires school district’s first operations coordinator

Oakwood Schools has named Todd Scott as the district’s first operations coordinator. The moves comes as the district restructures the treasurer’s office.

The Board of Education approved Scott’s hiring at its Monday night meeting and at an annual salary of $80,000.

Board President Todd Duwel said the creation of the operations coordinator position shifts duties from the treasurer’s department, following the departure of long-time treasurer Kevin Philo.

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“With an eye on being fiscally responsible, improving efficiencies and pulling the operational responsibilities from the treasurer’s department, we will be able to reduce that department’s personnel by one in order to pay for this much-needed position,” Duwel said.

Scott will be charged with coordinating district-wide non-instructional systems and procedures, including facilities, grounds, maintenance, transportation, safety and cafeterias, according to Superintendent Kyle Ramey.

“Having a person whose focus is these non-instructional areas allows the district to be more efficient and ensures operational excellence,” Ramey said. “Todd brings a wealth of experience in building and grounds maintenance and transportation, which will assist us in providing necessary services for our students and staff and maintaining our facilities.”

Scott previously was employed by Beavercreek City Schools, where he has served as the building and grounds supervisor and transportation supervisor since joining the district in June 2008.

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Prior to working in Beavercreek, he held a similar position in the Adams County Ohio Valley Local Schools. Scott also has experience in construction, working with companies in Hillsboro, Monroe, Peebles and Wilmington, according to Oakwood district spokeswoman Traci Hale.

Scott holds professional certificates in building operations, transportation, playground inspection and asbestos awareness. He will officially begin his tenure with the district July 1 but will be transitioning into the district earlier.

Philo left Oakwood last year after serving the district for 24 years. He accepted the same position for Fairborn schools.

In January, Oakwood school officials named Julia Belden as the district’s new chief financial officer/treasurer.

Belden served as the CFO of the Community Blood Center and Community Tissue Services from 1993 to 2016. In her role as CFO, she was pivotal in the development and implementation of strategic plans that saw revenue for the center increase from $13 million to $120 million.

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Most recently, she served as the CFO at Five Rivers Health Centers, where she was responsible for all finance and accounting functions, including budgeting, payroll, purchasing and facilities.

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