Pioneer director of finance resigns, effective July 30


Staff Writer
Published: 6/16/2021 4:21:17 PM

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s Director of Finance Tanya Gaylord is resigning, effective July 30, having accepted a new job in Florida.

Speaking during a Pioneer School Committee meeting last week, Gaylord thanked the committee members, “past and present,” school staff and the administrative team for their support during her time with the district.

“I’m hoping that I will leave the district with some processes and financial stability that they can use to build on and move forward in the same positive manner that we have been these last couple years,” Gaylord said.

In her letter of resignation, dated June 2, Gaylord said it has been her “honor to serve the Pioneer Valley Regional School District for 3.5 years as both treasurer and director of finance.” While her contract with the district doesn’t expire until February 2022, she wanted to resign near the start of a new fiscal year to allow her successor time to build relationships with administrators, the School Committee and staff members in advance of budget season.

“I will miss serving the PVRSD community,” Gaylord continued. “I have been dedicated the last three years to the financial recovery of the district, but I couldn’t have done it without the relationships created with the administration team and staff. It has been a lot of hard work and long hours, but it has been a wonderful experience and I only hope that my work in the district has paved a path to financial sustainability, process improvements and improved community relationships within the district.”

Gaylord, who was originally hired as treasurer in December 2017 and then became director of finance in July 2018, moved to Florida in July 2019, after her husband was asked to relocate for work. The School Committee approved a remote work arraignment for the 2019 to 2020 school year.

Gaylord planned to resign in February 2020, after the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) did not support extending her contract under a remote work scenario. She worked part-time from February 2020 to March 2020 until DESE reconsidered its stance as employees across industries left their offices to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was rehired full-time in March 2020.

Speaking by phone, Gaylord said the 60-day notice for her resignation will give her time to “close out the books” for fiscal year 2021. Should the district hire a candidate before she leaves, she said she is open to guiding her successor through day-to-day work and helping them settle into the role. She will begin a new job, also as a director of finance, in Florida on Aug. 2.

“I wish I could make it work longer,” Gaylord said. “But I think it will be better to have an extra administrator in the building. We’ve come a long way in three years, but there is still work to do to make sure the district’s sustainability is long-lasting.”

Zack DeLuca can be reached at or 413-930-4579.

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