Perkins Schools Hires Ass't Treasurer

Mike Spafford

Perkins Local School District’s next treasurer has been hired. 

On Wednesday, February 8, the Perkins Board of Education voted 4-0 to hire Mike Spafford as Assistant Treasurer. He will start with the school district on Monday, February 13, and will work with Interim Treasurer Betty Schwiefert through the end of the school year. 

“We had some great candidates,” said Board President Eric Lapata. “And then we had a guy come through the door that just blew us a way.”

That guy was Mr. Spafford. He was among four treasurer candidates interviewed by the Board. Mr. Spafford is currently completing his licensure training and expects to have his school treasurer’s license by May. Once he has his license, he will take over full-time as treasurer, Mr. Lapata said.

Mr. Spafford will fill the role previously held by Dan Bowman, who retired as treasurer in September. At that time, the Board hired Mrs. Schwiefert to serve as the interim treasurer. 

At the Board meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Spafford thanked the Board for the opportunity. 

“I’m very excited to get started and be a part of the team,” Mr. Spafford said.

Mr. Spafford currently is a senior advisor for the firm of Sudsina & Associates LLC, for whom he guides public entities on issuing municipal bonds, and provides financial forecasting, planning, and budgeting. 

He previously served as an interim city manager and an interim finance director for the city of Huron, and had been an assistant to the city manager in Huron. Mr. Spafford graduated from the University of Dayton with a master’s degree in public administration, and from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

The Board on Wednesday also voted 4-0 to accept the retirement notice of Superintendent Todd Boggs. Mr. Boggs plans to retire as superintendent on July 31, 2023. He has been superintendent at Perkins Schools since August 2018. Mr. Boggs thanked the Board, as well as the parents, teachers, staff, and community for the opportunity to serve the school district. 

“We have the talent to keep moving forward,” Mr. Boggs said. “For me, it’s the right time.”

Board members congratulated Mr. Boggs on his decision. 

After the meeting, Mr. Lapata said the Board members would consider their options to fill the superintendent’s position and expect to announce their intentions shortly.

In other action, the Board also hired Sam Wentz as the head volleyball coach for Perkins High School. Ms. Wentz takes over for Coach Heath Hamilton, who resigned in December. Ms. Wentz also is the district’s strength and conditioning coach.

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