Debbie Putnam, Treasurer for Bay Village Schools announces retirement

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Deborah Putnam, treasurer for the Bay Village City School District, has notified the Bay Village Board of Education that she intends to retire at the end of this academic year. Board members reluctantly accepted her notice of resignation at their Monday, January 13 meeting.


“It has been a truly rewarding experience,” said Putnam, who is completing 25 years of service with the district. “I’ve grown professionally, made many friends, and have had the opportunity to become integrally involved with my community.”


The district received the Auditor of State award under Putnam’s leadership in 2012, and it has received clean audits with unqualified opinions and with no compliance citations every year she has served as treasurer.


She led the district in its transition from paper-based forms to many online services that allow for more efficient operations, including the acceptance of parent online payments, an employee online time clock, employee online scheduling of vacation and personal leaves, and elimination of paper paychecks and other services. She has also led the district in its collaboration of health benefits with other districts through the Suburban Healthcare Consortium.


“Debbie will be very much missed,” said school board member Gayatry Jacob-Mosier. “She has been an outstanding custodian of the district’s money, with her honesty and integrity always shining through.  Her commitment and hard work have provide the schools with an underappreciated foundation from which the rest of the district’s operations could thrive.”


Putnam began her career with the school district as an administrative assistant to the business manager.


She then served as assistant treasurer for thirteen years prior to being made treasurer in January, 2007. She holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and she completed post graduate studies for her school treasurer license at Ashland University.


“I have highly valued Debbie’s skill and expertise during my board tenure,” said Board of Education President, Bill Selong. “She has combined a desire to achieve the very best for the students within the financial limitations in which we must exist. She is highly valued by all who work in the school district. She will be missed, and I wish her well in retirement.” Selong has served on the school board thirteen years and took part in the decision to promote Putnam to the position of Treasurer.


She and her husband, Tom, have been residents of Bay Village since 1980, and their three children all graduated from Bay High School. They have six grandchildren.


“I look forward to spending more time with my children and grandchildren,” she said. “I plan to volunteer in Cleveland at The Bridge Avenue School, a school owned and operated by my daughter and son-in-law which serves Cleveland middle school children who need reading intervention. I also plan to stay active in the community of Bay Village.”


The Bay Village Board of Education has contracted with a search consultant, Finding Leaders, to develop a list of candidates for Putnam’s replacement, with interviews expected to begin in the spring of 2014.


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