Valerie Urbanik | Civitas Media
Firelands schools treasurer Brad McCracken is resigning after five years of service.
After five years with the Firelands Schools, treasurer Brad McCracken will step down in December to take a job closer to home.
The board of education approved his resignation Friday during a special meeting.
McCracken has accepted a position at Eastwood Schools in Pemberville.
“It’s hard,” McCracken said of leaving Firelands. “I love this place.”
The decision to take a position closer to home came after the treasurer’s daughter, who lives five minutes away from him, had her first child four weeks ago. McCracken said Eastwood is his home district and where his family lives.
“I’ve been blessed to be here,” he said. The five-year treasurer took a position at Firelands after being in the automotive industry for 24 years.
“I’m very grateful to this board and this community,” McCracken said. “They have meant an awful lot to me.”
The board will pay the Educational Service Center $2,500 to find its next treasurer.
Firelands superintendent Mike Von Gunten said he’s hoping to have a replacement hired by Dec. 1. School officials are interested in finding someone with previous experience in school finances.
“Brad is fantastic,” Von Gunten said. “It’ll certainly be a tough replacement to find.”
“I’m leaving a terrific opportunity for somebody,” McCracken said. “It’s a great place to be. This district has had wonderful leadership and has become an excellent academic district and in this past five years we’ve been able to put the finances on a very sound footing.”
He’s hoping to have the same strong relationship with the Eastwood board that he has enjoyed with leaders at Firelands.
McCracken is hopeful the board will find someone before he leaves so he can help the next treasurer make a smooth transition into the district.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.