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Jonny McIntyre

MILL HALL — The Keystone Central School District is looking to hire a new business manager.

At tonight’s work meeting, the board will discuss hiring Joni MacIntyre as a replacement for Susan Blesh, who left the district in September for a position in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Blesh has been working in the region since 2013.

McIntyre joined the district as Chief Financial Officer of Center County. However, she is no stranger to KCSD, having worked as a financial operations director for the school district. In this role, she oversaw the staff of the Commercial Office and the operations of the Tax Office.

She said she was eager to return to KCSD.

“I’m excited to be back to serve the community where I live. My daughters attend CMHS and are on their way to LHU for further education,” McIntyre said. “I aspire to be part of a dynamic business office team whose insight and shared commitment can take us on stride to become an even greater asset in the region.”

She believed she would go straight into her role.

“(I) look forward to working with the management team to foster a positive school culture,” McIntyre said.

KCSD director Jacquelyn Martin is very excited about the potential hire.

“Joni has extensive experience in school and government finance, and she is fully committed to our KCSD community as an alumnus, parent, resident and taxpayer,” Martin said. “This is a vital leadership role and I believe she is the perfect person for the perfect timing.”

Jeff Wall is serving as interim business manager while the region is looking for a replacement for Blesh. Wall is employed through the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO). Wall is a retired school operations manager with many years of experience.

Martin works with Wall in the Pennsylvania Valley Area School District.

“Jeff Wall has been instrumental in supporting regional operations during our transition. His extensive knowledge and experience, along with a solid financial strategy, have contributed greatly over the past few weeks,” Martin said.

Just a work meeting tonight. The board will take action on the hiring at a voting meeting next week.

If approved, her salary will be $112,000, on a pro-rata basis, effective Monday, November 1. According to the terms and conditions of the employment contract between MacIntyre and KCSD, January 14, 2022.

Tonight’s work session is scheduled for 6:30pm at Central Hills High School. The meeting is open to the public and will also be broadcast live through the district website.

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