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Pioneer rehires director of finance full-time


Staff Writer
Published: 5/22/2020 1:58:20 PM
Modified: 5/22/2020 1:58:07 PM

NORTHFIELD — Having worked part-time since February, Pioneer Valley Regional School District Director of Finance Tanya Gaylord is officially returning to her position full-time.

School Committee members voted in favor of rehiring Gaylord during the May 7 meeting, but the decision was contingent upon approval from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Gaylord said she received approval from DESE this week.

Her first day back as a full-time employee will be June 1, and her renewed contract lasts through Feb. 28, 2022. Gaylord said she is looking forward to staying with the Pioneer school district.

“I’m very invested in the district,” she said. “That’s where my heart is.”

Gaylord, who was originally hired as treasurer in December 2017 and then became director of finance in July 2018, moved to Florida last summer, where she continued to work for the district remotely. In February, she resigned and sought a new job in Florida after DESE originally did not approve of her remote working situation.

At that time, the School Committee agreed to have Gaylord continue to work 10 hours per week through the end of her contract. According to Superintendent Jonathan Scagel, DESE has since reconsidered its stance, prompting Gaylord to return.

“I managed to continue working remotely,” Gaylord said. “Now they’re seeing the whole world is working remotely, and what I was doing isn’t such a strange thing anymore.”

Gaylord will be required to attend six School Committee meetings per year in person. She was granted a $2,500 travel stipend as part of her new contract, though she estimated it would ultimately cost her roughly $6,000 in transportation costs. She is required to spend one week’s time between June and August, and one week’s time during the budget season from November to February, working on-site in the district.

Though Gaylord is director of finance, part of her contract requires her to pursue certification required to become the district’s business manager. Upon returning to the district, Gaylord said she will move forward with reapplying for this certification. She anticipates being certified by the end of the calendar year.

“I’m excited to be back,” Gaylord said during Thursday’s School Committee meeting, “and to be able to support the district during the financial struggle that we are going to continue to face in the years ahead with COVID.”

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