THOMASTON — The Board of Education at a special meeting Tuesday hired a new business manager.
Superintendent Lynda J. Mitchell said the board chose to hire Nancy O’Dea-Wyrick because of her broad experience in both municipal government and managing school districtsfinances. She will fill the position vacated by outgoing business manager Sue Laone, who is leaving to run the business office for Region 10 schools in Burlington.
O’Dea-Wyrick of Kent is a member of the Board of Finance there and has been business manager of school districts in Monore and Derby. She was most recently an interim business manager in a North Haven school district.
“She will be a great replacement for Sue,” Mitchell said. “She has an interesting balance between the whole community piece, leadership piece and education leadership piece.”
O’Dea-Wyrick, one of six candidates who was seeking the job, will be paid an $80,000 annual salary and will oversee the school’s $14 million budget. Laone, who was business manager for seven years was paid a little more than $90,000 last year.
O’Dea-Wyrick, who also served two terms on the Kent Board of Selectmen and Board of Education, said that experience will help her with her new job.
“I have got three perspectives beside the central office perspective,” she said. “I look forward to getting to know the people in the community and working with them.”