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Tough to find an assistant, school district secretary-treasurer says

The financially-troubled Langley school district has had trouble finding a second-in-command for secretary-treasurer David Green, the manager with the task of untangling a multi-million dollar deficit.

It’s been so much trouble, the school trustees have approved an alternate plan to recruit a director of finance instead of an assistant secretary-treasurer.

The decision was made at the Dec. 13 Board of Education meeting, after Green explained the

The financially-troubled Langley school district has had  trouble finding a second-in-command for secretary-treasurer David Green, the manager with the task of untangling a multi-million dollar deficit.

It’s been so much trouble, the school trustees have approved an alternate plan to recruit a director of finance instead of an assistant secretary-treasurer.

The decision was made at the Dec. 13 Board of Education meeting, after Green explained the advertising for the job of assistant secretary-treasurer in the debt-ridden Langley school district generated little interest.

“We didn’t receive a lot of applications,” Green told trustees.

And none of those who applied had the proper qualifications, Green added.

Changing the job to director of finance allows the district to hire someone with slightly fewer qualifications, in this case, Trudy Arndt-Harrison from the Coquitlam school district.

Arndt-Harrison is a Certified General Accountant with 13 years experience as manager of financial services at the Coquitlam school board and eight years at the Maple Ridge school district before that.

She will start in January.

Green was brought in to sort out the books of the Langley school district, after it managed to run up a $13.5 million deficit in the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 operating years and the provincial government ordered the money repaid over four years.

Under Green, the district has already reduced the deficit to $9.8 million and is now ahead of the schedule set by the education ministry deficit elimination plan, which commenced in the 2011-2012 school year, and is scheduled to end in 2014-2015.

 

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