Schools get new treasurer

NILES — The Niles City School District will have a new treasurer in the new year.

The Board of Education approved hiring Lori Hudzik, 51, of Niles. She is a former Board of Education member who owns an insurance company and also has a background in education, human resources and accounting, according to her resume. Board Vice President Tony Perrone voted against Hudzik’s hiring and did not return a call seeking comment.

Hudzik, who has a contract through July 2020, will take the place of treasurer Linda Molinaro, who worked in the district for 18 years. Hudzik will earn $75,000 annually when she takes over Jan. 1. Molinaro, who earns $85,000 as treasurer, announced in October her intention to retire.

“I was born and raised here and my heart is in Niles,” Hudzik said. “I want to focus on making us a financially strong district that others can look up to and seek advice from. We need to be stronger and in a place where we can stand on our own.”

Board of Education President Susan Longacre said four people, including Hudzik, were selected for interviews in late November: Julie Sloan, Karen Massari and Johnny McComas. McComas withrew at the last minute, Longacre said, and the board interviewed the remaining three and decided Hudzik was the best person for the job.

“Her business and insurance experience will be an assett to the district,” Longacre said.

Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen said Hudzik has begun training under Molinaro.

“It will be a good team and (Hudzik) will be a nice addition,” Thigpen said.