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KCSD poised to hire new business manager

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Joni MacIntyre

MILL HALL — The Keystone Central School District is poised to hire its new business manager.

At tonight’s work session, the board will discuss the hiring of Joni MacIntyre as the replacement for Susan Blesh, who left the school district in September to take a position at Penn State’s College of Agriculture Sciences. Blesh had been with the district since 2013.

MacIntyre joins the district from a role as the chief financial officer with Centre County Government. However, she is no stranger to KCSD, having worked in the school district as the fiscal operations supervisor. She was responsible for oversight of the business office staff and tax office operations during her time in that role.

She said that she’s eager to return to KCSD.

“I am very excited to be returning to serve the community that I live in. My daughters attend(ed) CMHS and are on their way to further their education at LHU,” MacIntyre said. “I am eager to be part of the dynamic business office team and with their insights and input together we can make strides to become an even bigger asset to the district.”

She believes she will slide right into her role.

“(I am) looking forward to working with the administrative team where the relationships cultivate a positive school culture,” MacIntyre said.

KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin is thrilled with the potential hire.

“Joni has extensive experience with school and governmental finances and she is fully committed to our KCSD community as she is an alum, a parent, a resident and taxpayer,” Martin said. “This is a vital leadership role and I believe that she is a perfect fit at the perfect time.”

Jeff Wall worked as interim business manager while the district searched for Blesh’s replacement. Wall was hired through the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO). Wall is a retired school business manager with many years of experience.

Martin worked with Wall at the Penns Valley Area School District.

“Jeff Wall has been instrumental in supporting district operations during our transition. His wealth of knowledge and experience, along with sound financial strategies, have contributed greatly over the past several weeks,” Martin said.

Tonight is a work session only. The board will take action on the hire at next week’s voting session.

If approved, her salary would be $112,000, pro-rated, effective Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 under the terms and conditions of the employment contract between MacIntyre and KCSD.

Tonight’s work session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Central Mountain High School. The meeting is open to the public and will also be streamed live through the district’s website.

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