WEST MIDDLESEX — A longtime employee of the West Middlesex Area School District will retire at the end of this school year.
Business manager James Hughes, who served in the school district for 11 years, will retire effective June 29. His resignation was submitted and approved by the school board at its April 25 meeting, according to school documents.
Describing Hughes’ service as “exemplary”, Superintendent Raymond Omer said superintendents and business leaders often work closely together, with him and Hughes working on a variety of projects ranging from grant-writing initiatives to security measures.
Omer also said that the two had had a “great relationship” over the years when they worked on various projects and were able to find solutions even in cases where the two didn’t necessarily see each other. deal.
“At the end of the day, we always do what is in the best interest of the school district. He will be missed,” Omer said of Hughes.
In terms of a replacement, Omer said school officials are looking for someone with “relative experience,” with a preference for CPA or CPA-trained candidates.
All applicants should also be prepared for the complexities of managing not only district finances and accounting, but also developing a district-wide budget and liaising with the Department of Education. .
In the past two years alone, Omer has credited Hughes with managing the district’s elementary and secondary school relief grant funds, an HVAC project and a roofing project, as well as the added complications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There’s a lot to do,” Omer said of the position.
School officials advertise in Allegheny, Mercer and Lawrence counties, as well as the Mahoning Valley area. The first round of interviews is scheduled to begin on Thursday.
Omer said the school board hopes to have a nominee at their May or June meetings, ideally to give the new business manager some time to work with Hughes and learn about the job.