Wapak schools to hire new treasurer

An employee of the state of Ohio Auditor’s Office working in the region is expected to be hired as the new treasurer of Wapakoneta City Schools.

The district’s Board of Education members are expected to vote on the position today during their regular monthly meeting to be held at Wapakoneta Elementary School.

If approved, Angie Sparks would be paid a salary of $71,000 beginning June 1 on a three-year contract. Beginning April 8 she would be working in the school district’s treasurer’s office training under Treasurer Susan Rinehart, who is set to retire at the end of May. Sparks’ rate of pay during the training period would be $250 per day.

Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said they had approximately eight candidates for the position.

“We did an in-depth statewide search and she had the credentials,” board President Eric McKinniss said. “I think we are very fortunate to have found someone local with a lot of working years ahead of her.”

McKinniss said while Rinehart’s shoes are going to be hard to fill, he thought Sparks could step up and do a good job in the role.

Sparks, 36, a graduate of Botkins High School and Bluffton College, has worked for the state Auditor’s Office for 14 years in Auglaize, Allen, Hardin and Shelby counties, auditing local government offices, including Wapakoneta City Schools.

She and her husband, Mike, live in the school district and their two daughters, Hanna and Audrey, attend Wapakoneta Elementary School.

“I am ready for a different challenge,” said Sparks, who completed two required courses and trained under Rinehart for 300 hours beginning last year.

“I am ready to be at one place,” said Sparks, who has knowledge of what is required of the role from her previous position.