Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Schools finance director resigns

Leaving Covington

By Andrea Tortora
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The finance director for Covington Schools has resigned for personal reasons.

        Matt Wireman said Tuesday he will leave his job June 2. He has worked for the district a year.

        Mr. Wireman's departure was announced to school board members Tuesday in an e-mail from Superintendent James Kemp. Mr. Wireman's resignation follows that of Mr. Kemp, who announced last week that he will leave June 30.

        Mr. Wireman said he took a job closer to home. His wife and 9-month-old child live in Eastern Kentucky's Magoffin County.

        He leaves the district in the midst of several state audits and public scrutiny touched off by a damaging state report on the condition of Covington education.

        During his year here, Mr. Wireman had started to implement a switch to a more efficient accounting system. He met recently with the school board to discuss a tentative budget for next year.

        “Hopefully by the time the budget needs to be finalized, they will have hired someone else,” Mr. Wireman said. “And they can always get help from the state.”

        Board member Mike Fitzgerald said Mr. Wireman assured him his departure has nothing to do with the school district's recent problems. But losing the finance director is “another log on the fire,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.

        “I'm sure it will slow us down, but we've got competent people who can work on the budget,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.


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