STOW — The Stow-Munroe Falls school board voted this week to hire a new treasurer as the district continues to defend itself against lawsuits filed by its current and former treasurers.

The school board on Tuesday unanimously voted to hire Trevor Gummere, effective Aug. 1.

Gummere has served as treasurer at various districts since 2003, most recently with the London City Schools, located west of Columbus.

The London City School District has about 2,200 students, according to that district’s website. According to enrollment figures provided by the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, 2017-18 total enrollment was 5,310 students.

He will succeed Treasurer Kristy Stoicoiu, whose contract expires July 31 and was not renewed by the Stow-Munroe Falls school board. Stoicoiu will become the new treasurer for the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools in August.

Her salary with the Stow-Munroe Fall district is $92,000.

Stoicoiu filed a lawsuit in April against the Stow-Munroe Falls district alleging wrongful termination, breach of contract, violation of Ohio's whistleblower statute and retaliation violation of public policy, as well as violation of Ohio's Sunshine Law.

The school board is also the defendant in a breach of contract claim filed by former treasurer Catherine Bulgrin, who contends she has not received payment for accrued vacation and sick leave as agreed to in a November 2015 settlement.

Gummere’s contract is for three years, ending July 31, 2023. He will be paid $115,000 the first year; after that, pay “may be increased by mutual agreement” through the end of the contract, and with school board approval.

“I’m glad to have him aboard,” said Board President Kelly Toppin. “He brings a lot of experience to this position.”

Dave Licate, the board vice president, said Gummere brings “a lot of leadership, especially in the financial direction.”

“We are happy to have him here, and look forward to working with him,” Licate said.

A request for Gummere’s resume and information on how many applicants there were and if any were internal was made to district officials. No response was received by press time.

Gummere said he and his wife, Beth, plan to move from their current home in London to Stow.

“This is an excellently rated school district,” Trevor Gummere said. “It’s a destination district. I’m excited to be here. I’m looking forward to serving the taxpayers, the students, the staff, and the administration. I’ve always liked the Akron-Canton area.

"I want to be a community member."

Gummere said he had interviewed for the treasurer’s position “a few years ago.”

 

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC