Nampa searching for new finance officer

Michelle Yankovich, hired last year to help the cash-strapped Nampa School District erase a multimillion dollar deficit, will leave the district this summer.

Yankovich, a certified public accountant, was hired last fall, after district officials discovered a deficit of $4.3 million. The state’s third-largest district now must find an additional $3.5 million in savings to balance its budget for 2013-14.

Yankovich will work through that budgeting process; the district’s new budget year begins July 1.

Here’s the Nampa School District news release:

Nampa Interim Superintendent Pete Koehler announced that a group of financial experts, community members, and current and existing board members will help select the district’s new finance officer.

The district’s current Finance Officer Michelle Yankovich will leave the district this summer to accept a position in the private sector. Yankovich will continue to work at the district during the transition including finalizing the district’s 2013-14 budget for the Nampa Board of Trustees to consider in June.

“Michelle has provided exceptional service and expertise to the district during this difficult financial time,” Koehler said. “We appreciate her work and wish her well in her next endeavor.”

Koehler said he will utilize the district’s finance/audit committee to review applicants for the position and will also ask community members to participate in the selection process.

The finance/audit committee includes Jared Zwygart, an CPA with Bailey & Co.,  Nampa School Board Trustee Daren Coon, and Jeff Agenbroad, President and CEO of Since 86 Inc. of Nampa.  

Other community members joining the committee to review applications include newly elected Trustees Brian McGourty and Mike Fuller and Anne-Marie Henning, a representative from Community for Nampa Schools.