Business manager

Plum School Board hires new District Affairs Director

The Plum school board voted unanimously on Monday to hire Ryan Manzer to succeed John Zahorchak as district finance director.

Manzer, who worked as a business manager for the Freeport area school district, was one of five finalists for the Plum position. Zahorchak is expected to leave the district at the end of July to become a financial consultant in another community.

Plum’s board approved a five-year contract with Manzer, 38, of Butler, which includes a starting salary of $ 135,000. Its start date has not been set.

Zahorchak was hired by the district as director of business affairs at a prorated salary of $ 98,000 in August 2016. His last salary with the district was $ 125,000.

Plum Superintendent Brendan Hyland said the district was working with officials in the Freeport area to ensure a smooth transition in hopes of welcoming Manzer on board by the end of July.

“Ryan was by far the strongest candidate,” Hyland said. “He’s got big shoes to fill, but there’s no question in the mind of the team that we have the right person at the right time, and with deep experience and expertise to help keep the positive momentum going. this district. an upward trajectory.

Manzer has 11 years of school district administration experience, the last eight of which are in the Freeport Area. He was also assistant director of finance for the Pine-Richland School District for three years and a financial analyst for PPG Industries for almost two years before working for the Freeport School District.

He also has experience as a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Board chairman Mike Devine said he spoke to Manzer before and after Monday night’s vote.

“He seems like a very, very sharp guy,” Devine said. “Really excited about the opportunity to work with him. I told him that I think John (Zahorchak) has set us up to be very successful in the future and we want to keep that vision. We understand that his way of doing things may seem different from John’s. We’re open to letting this unfold and doing things our own way. He seemed very excited about this opportunity and I can’t wait to start working with him.

Manzer, still listed on the Freeport Area website as a business manager, issued a statement about his new Plum position through a district release.

“My wife Lauren, along with our five children, couldn’t be more excited to join a district that is definitely on the move,” Manzer said. “I believe my experience and an ethical approach can continue to guide this district forward, building on the great foundation that has already been built over the past few years. I was drawn to what I believe to be an exceptional team, as well as the student-centered environment that was evident throughout the process and my research on the district.

Michael DiVittorio is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .