July 29, 2014

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Medina Schools treasurer takes Avon position

Jim Hudson

Jim Hudson

Medina Schools treasurer Jim Hudson turned in his resignation Tuesday to accept a job with the Avon Schools.

The Avon school board unanimously approved a 3½-year contract for Hudson, effective Dec. 16 through July 31, 2017, at a special meeting Monday.

The board also appointed Hudson as interim treasurer beginning Dec. 1. Avon Superintendent Mike Laub said the interim appointment was a “technical thing,” because under Ohio law, the district needs a treasurer, but he expected Hudson would continue working for Medina for the next two weeks.

Hudson will be paid an annual salary at Avon of $112,000. Laub said Hudson’s contract does not include an annuity or performance bonus and includes 260 workdays a year, as well as 20 vacation days and health care benefits.

The Avon school board began searching to fill the post after treasurer Kent Zeman announced he would resign to become treasurer of Lakewood City Schools on Dec. 1.

The board met with four semifinalists, including Hudson.

“We’re excited to have Jim aboard,” Laub said. “We think he’s going to be a great fit here in Avon.”

Hudson’s appointment in Avon came a week after the Medina school board delayed a vote on a new contract for him after a public backlash over the timing of the contract — just after Medina district voters passed a levy.

Hudson is also treasurer for Cloverleaf Schools through a shared services agreement with the Medina school board. The Cloverleaf district pays Medina Schools $72,000 a year for treasurer services, and Hudson receives $19,000 of that amount, in addition to his base salary.

“Mr. Hudson has been a valued colleague and friend at Medina City Schools,” Medina school board President Karla Robinson said.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

  • flyboySR20

    The school district two-step, as they move about and wait to see what chair befalls them. These guys move around to get a bigger salary and fatten up before retirement. Everyone with their eyes open knows that. Funny how his contract was held up in Medina because of their levy issue. It always looks suspect when a school official gets a raise right after the passage of a levy, anyway. Anyone with their eyes wide open knows that the majority of the tax dollars of a school district go first to salaries, then to buses, then to anything else that needs it, such as maintenance, books, etc. This guy probably needed to move on from Medina after their wonderful scandal with the superintendent’s contract. Best to move away from any involvement with that fray, right?