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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.”

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