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Plum School Board Hires New District Business Manager

Plum School Board voted unanimously Monday to hire Ryan Manzer to succeed John Zahorchak as district chief financial officer.

Manzer, who worked as a business manager for the Freeport Area School District, was one of five finalists for Plum’s job. Zahorchak is expected to leave the district at the end of July to become a financial consultant in another community.

Plum’s board has approved a five-year contract with Manzer, 38, of Butler, which includes a starting salary of $135,000. His debut date has not been finalized.

Zahorchak was hired by the district as director of business affairs with a pro-rated salary of $98,000 in August 2016. His last salary with the district was $125,000.

Plum Superintendent Brendan Hyland said the district is working with Freeport area officials to ensure a smooth transition in hopes of welcoming Manzer on board by the end of July.

“Ryan was by far the strongest candidate,” Hyland said. “He has big shoes to fill, but there is no doubt in the minds of the team that we have the right person at the right time, and with deep and extensive experience and expertise to help maintain the momentum. positive from this district an upward trajectory.

Manzer has 11 years of experience in school district administration, the last eight of which have been in the Freeport Area. He also served as assistant director of finance for the Pine-Richland School District for three years and a financial analyst for PPG Industries for nearly two years before moving to the Freeport Area School District.

He also has experience as a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Board Chairman Mike Devine said he spoke with Manzer before and after Monday night’s vote.

“He seems like a very, very sharp guy,” Devine said. “Really excited to work with him. I told him that I think John (Zahorchak) has set us up to be successful in the future and we want to maintain that vision. We understand that his way of doing the things could be different from John’s. We’re open to letting it play out and doing things his way. He seemed very excited about the opportunity and I can’t wait to start working with him.

Manzer, still listed on the Freeport Area website as business manager, released a statement about his new position from Plum through a district statement.

“My wife Lauren, along with our five children, couldn’t be more excited to join a district that is definitely on the move,” Manzer said. “I believe my experience and an ethics-driven approach can continue to guide this district forward, building on the great foundations that have already been built over the past few years. I was drawn to what I consider to be an exceptional team, as well as the student-centric environment that was evident throughout the process and my research of the district.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .