Bryan new CFO

Kevin Schafer was officially hired as the Bryan City School Board’s chief financial officer during the board’s meeting on Monday evening. LUCAS BECHTOL/Staff

Kevin Schafer was officially confirmed as the Bryan City Schools Board of Education chief financial officer during the board’s meeting on Monday evening.

His starting date is set for Sept. 1.

The district announced its intentions to hire Schafer in June and the board voted to approve him in the position with a unanimous vote on Monday.

“He’s gone through a lot of education, a lot of classes and help to put you into that position, so I look forward to it being official come Sept. 1,” said Cindra Keeler, board member.

According to a news release from the district released in June, Schafer has served as CFO for Isaac Property Company for the last 12 years. Schafer also served as accounting human resources manager at the Church of the Nazarene Foundation in Olathe, Kansas, from 2003-07.

Schafer also gave the treasurer report that included amended temporary appropriations for fiscal year 2020.

“We will have permanent appropriations for your approval next month, there are just some slight changes there,” he said.

Under old business, Superintendent Diana Savage said not much progress has been made on the new tennis courts since last month.

“The pre-work is done; We’re waiting on the weather to cooperate a little bit so we can pour the first layer of asphalt,” she said. “That was scheduled for today, however, given the amount of rain the area had over the weekend, we’re going to wait a little bit.”

Savage said she hoped the first layer will be poured by the end of the week.

While the project is backed up a bit, she said they were a little ahead of schedule last month so she isn’t too worried, yet.

“Our goal is still to be able to play on the courts at some point this season,” Savage said.

In other business:

• The board hosted a student spotlight, showcasing the Ohio Ambassadors of Music, a group of students from across the state — including several from Bryan — that played in Europe this summer.

• The board approved a memorandum of understanding with A Renewed Mind. Savage said the organization provides a school-based mental health therapist for the students. This year, they will add another part-time mental health therapist.

• Athletic Director Chad Savage said 23 students participated in the dual sports program last year, though two dropped out for personal reasons.

• School administrators said that the new school year started well and praised the work of the custodians who did a good job making sure the buildings were in top shape for the first day of classes.

• A reception was hosted for the new employees.

• The board met in executive session to discuss employment and negotiations of employees, with no action expected following the session.

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