Pioneer director of finance to resign following DESE decision

  • GAYLORD

Staff Writer
Published: 2/5/2020 5:35:51 PM

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District will be looking for a new director of finance for fiscal year 2021.

Outgoing Director of Finance Tanya Gaylord submitted her letter of resignation on Jan. 28, with an effective date of Feb. 21. In her letter to Superintendent Jonathan Scagel and the School Committee, Gaylord said this comes after the recent decision of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) not to consider continuing her contract, and the posting of her current position roughly two weeks ago as required by the state.

“It has been a pleasure serving PVRSD for the two years that I have,” Gaylord said Tuesday. “It is really hard to walk away from, but the state made up their mind.”

Gaylord, who was originally hired as treasurer in December 2017 and then became director of finance in July 2018, moved to Florida last summer, after her husband was asked to relocate for work, she said. Gaylord has been working remotely since then and flying back to the area on occasion to attend School Committee meetings and give certain presentations in person.

With the decision by DESE not to extend her contract, Gaylord said “the search for a new career path was inevitable.” She was recently offered a job in Florida in public school finance.

Gaylord has offered to remain in her position with the Pioneer school district through the end of her contract — which expires June 30 — for 10 hours weekly on top of her new job, to help the district perform essential duties and assist in the transition with her replacement. According to Scagel, the School Committee will go into executive session on Thursday to discuss and vote on an addendum to Gaylord’s contract for the 10 hours per week.

“Tanya has been instrumental in bringing financial stability back to the district,” Scagel said. “Tanya and I came into PVRSD together at the beginning of the 2018 school year, at a time when we were challenged with enormous financial difficulties. Her departure will be a tremendous loss to the district.”

Scagel said Gaylord had “worked tirelessly to build trust and communication” with officials from the school district’s four member towns, as well as with the School Committee and staff members. In closing out fiscal year 2019, the district has a certified excess of around $500,000, putting the district in a position to stabilize the assessment increases to member towns in the coming years.

“With continued budget management she has provided, we are on track to add to this excess at the close of this fiscal year,” Scagel said. “Tanya has dedicated an enormous amount of time and effort to putting the Pioneer Valley Regional School District on the path to financial sustainability. She has been a tremendous asset to our district, and we will forever be grateful for the positive work she has done.”

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 264.


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