Sunday, December 10, 2000

Norwood Schools hire treasurer

Former Mason official will return to region

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

        NORWOOD — Former Mason Treasurer Cary Furniss will return to Southwest Ohio in February when he begins work as treasurer for the Norwood City Schools.

        Mr. Furniss left Mason 11 months ago for a school treasurer's position in suburban Columbus.

        He will formally be hired by the Norwood Board of Education at its Dec. 21 meeting, said Susan Geselbracht, president of Norwood's school board. He will receive a one-year contract and earn $69,000.

        “We were all impressed with the credentials he brought to the table,” Mrs. Geselbracht said. “We're looking for good things from him and we feel he will be a terrific addition to our administrative team.”

        Mr. Furniss will replace Linda Griswold, who is leaving the Norwood Schools in January after two years as treasurer. Mr. Furniss will begin Feb. 1.

        “I'm excited about getting back to Cincinnati,” Mr. Furniss said. “Norwood is intriguing. I like the people real well. I think my experi ence will help them in dealing with their budget. It's a good fit in a lot of respects.”

        In November, Norwood voters approved by only four votes a 7.68-mill emergency levy expected to bring $1.6 million to Norwood's coffers each of the next five years. Collections begin in January.

        Earlier this year, the board reduced the budget by $1.2 million after voters rejected a previous levy.

        Mr. Furniss, 33, holds a degree in business administration from Wilmington College.

        He became treasurer for the Upper Arlington Schools in January after working as Mason's treasurer for more than three years.

        He has also worked as treasurer in the Lebanon Schools and Westfall Schools, near Circleville.


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