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Cuyahoga Falls -- Woodridge Local School District's longtime treasurer will retire from her job in the spring.
Treasurer Deanna Levenger, who has served in the post for 16 1/2 years, announced her intention to step down on April 19 in a letter she sent to the Board of Education on Jan. 17.
"Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the Treasurer of the Woodridge Local School District for the last 16 and a half years," said Levenger in the letter. "We achieved many great accomplishments during my tenure with the district."
The Woodridge Board of Education unanimously approved Levenger's resignation at a special meeting on Jan. 24. Levenger, who will turn 58 in the upcoming week, told the Falls News-Press she is "resigning for the purpose of retirement."
"I wanted to take some time to enjoy life come spring and summer," said Levenger in a phone conversation with the Falls News-Press on Jan. 26. "My husband and I really enjoy traveling in the United States [and] internationally. We look forward to doing that more in the future."
"It's been a really fulfilling career," added Levenger. " I really want to wish the district well as they embark on their new building project and a new era for the district. I leave with many fond memories.
Levenger currently earns $81,011 annually.
Both the School Board President and the district superintendent praised Levenger's work.
Board President Jeff McHugh said Levenger was "consistently awarded with clean audits from the state. She also was recognized for the efficient and effective way she managed the district's finances. She has made a major impact on our schools. I wish her the best as she moves on to the next chapter in her life."
"Mrs. Levenger has given many years to the Woodridge community," said District Superintendent Walter Davis. "Her expertise is well known as she has consistently brought clean audits and well-deserved accolades for fiscal operations to the district. The district is a better place today because she has been our treasurer all of these years. I wish her nothing but the very best as she starts a new chapter in her life."
Levenger is concluding her second stint with the district. She worked as the assistant to the treasurer in Woodridge from 1982 to 1993. She then worked in both the Kent and Hudson city school districts before returning to Woodridge in August 2000. Levenger retired and was re-hired by the district in August 2013.
Levenger said she wanted to give the district "plenty of time" to replace her and noted her goal was to allow for her replacement to have an "easy transition."
"Hopefully the transition will happen without a hiccup," she added.
Davis said the district has begun its search for a new treasurer. According to information provided by Davis, the application deadline is Feb. 10, interviews are expected to begin the week of Feb. 13, action to hire a new treasurer is planned for Feb. 21 and employment would begin on or about March 13.