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By DAVE GYMBURCH Staff writer

Appointing a new Rome school district treasurer to succeed a person who was dismissed in March is on the agenda tonight for the Board of Education, along with a second public hearing on the 2012-13 district budget.

The agenda lists a resolution to appoint David Dreidel as treasurer at a salary of $65,000. He is a senior accountant with the Testone, Marshall & Discenza accounting firm of Syracuse, said board President Patricia Riedel.

The meeting also will include a presentation and public hearing on the 2012-13 budget of $101.2 million, at 6 p.m. at the district office, 409 Bell Road. It will be followed by the regular meeting, including a resolution to adopt a final budget with a 1.72 percent local tax levy increase that will be presented for district voters’ approval in the May 15 public election.

¿ Dreidel would succeed Diane A. DeLude, who was dismissed as treasurer on March 7 in an 8-0 vote by the board. The dismissal came with no public discussion nor explanation of what prompted the move, and district representatives would not comment afterward. DeLude had been hired as treasurer in June 2009.

Dreidel, a certified public accountant, was among over 60 applicants for the position, said Riedel. A committee of board members and district officials interviewed 10, and brought back three for second interviews, she added.

Dreidel has been with the Syracuse accounting firm since 2010, and previously was an accountant with D’Arcangelo & Co. of Rome from 2008-10, Riedel said. He has bachelor’s and masters degrees in accounting from SUNYIT, and lives in Yorkville, she added.

The treasurer position reports to the school board, and works closely with the district director of business and finance. Responsibilities have included reconciling cash accounts and bank investments; coordinating financial transfers between accounts as needed; and preparing treasurer reports for school board review.

¿ The budget hearing will include a presentation by Simons similar to the first hearing on April 18, said Riedel. About 50 people attended that hearing, which was followed by board approval of a tentative 2012-13 budget.

The board conceivably could still revise spending categories within that budget, but cannot exceed the total amount of $101,227,414, Riedel noted. She does not anticipate any changes in it for the May 15 election.

The budget calls for maintaining current academic and sports programs. It would take effect July 1.

RomeSentinel.com

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