Jeremy Buskirk, a Sunbury resident, is the Big Walnut Local Schools’ new Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer.
“I am very pleased and honored to have been selected as the district’s next Treasurer/CFO,” Jeremy Buskirk said in a news release. “I want to thank the Board of Education for the trust it has placed in me. While I have been recruited for other positions in central Ohio over the past few years, I have declined to speak to those districts because in my heart Big Walnut was the only district where I have ever considered being a Treasurer. My family and I love the district and community. It not only is our home, but it has always felt like home to my wife and me. I will work tirelessly to serve our students and taxpayers in this role.”
Buskirk began Oct. 2 after his contract was unanimously approved by the Big Walnut Local Board of Education at its Sept. 14 meeting. Prior to that, he was the Dublin City School District Assistant Treasurer, a position he has held for four years; and the financial accountant for the district for six years. Before beginning his career in school finance, he was an Assistant Auditor for the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office for three years.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan, and a master’s degree majoring in business administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Buskirk is a member of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association.
He has been a Big Walnut LSD resident for 10 years, and lives in Sunbury with his wife Amanda, his two daughters, ages 8 and 5, and his 2-year-old son.
Buskirk was one of three finalists for the position, along with Trevor Gummere, Treasurer of the Mount Gilead Exempted Village School District; and Charles “Tyson” Hodges, Assistant Treasurer of Hamilton City Schools. The three were first interviewed on Aug. 30. There were 12 official applicants.
“We feel like we have a couple really good candidates,” Superintendent Angie Pollock told The Sunbury News back when the finalists were selected.
The Board of Education was assisted in the state-wide search by K-12 Business Consulting and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, with district staff and community members contributing to the interview process.
“Jeremy impressed the board with his knowledge of school finance and operations that he gained while serving Dublin City School District,” said Andy Wecker, board president, in a statement. “He has a working grasp of bond issues, health insurance, TIF Agreements and other school business matters that made him an ideal candidate for our district. Plus he has a vested interest in the school district with 2 children enrolled with us now and a 3rd attending in a few years. Jeremy has many reasons to see Big Walnut succeed and excel academically.
“We are fortunate and excited to have him join our team. He was raised with small-town values in northwest Ohio, but he brings to Big Walnut that experience he gained in a growing community like Dublin,” Wecker said.
“We listened to our staff and community members in our search and interview process,” said Allison Fagan, board member, in a statement. “Jeremy has lived here in our community for 10 years and has children attending our schools. In some ways Jeremy chose us before the Board of Education chose him for our Treasurer/CFO. His knowledge and experience in school finance will be a big asset for our district.”
As Treasurer/CFO, Buskirk will oversee the district’s financial operations, such as the accuracy and timeliness of all state and federal reporting, the development of the annual district budget and the district’s Five-Year Forecast.
Information for this story was provided by the Big Walnut Local School District.