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Chilton BOE hires new finance officer

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Chilton County Board of Education unanimously approved Melynda Buck as the new chief school financial officer during an emergency called board meeting on Aug. 26.

“I am thankful to have somebody in place, and thanks to the board for making that happen quickly,” Chilton County Schools Superintendent Jason Griffin said. “I have received great recommendation from her former boss, the superintendent in Elmore County. He said, ‘She’s the best — personally and professionally.’”

Buck has been an accounting specialist for the Elmore County Board of Education, working with federal programs and career technology funds, for the past 4 years.

She has 15 years of experience in school finance and 16 years of experience in banking.

Buck said she moved from the banking industry because “it gave me more time with my family.”

The CCS CSFO position was posted on the Alabama Association of School Business Officers   website, and Buck chose to apply.

“I was ready for the next step in education,” Buck said. “… Chilton County offers a lot like Elmore County, good small hometown, schools and people to work with, and I didn’t have to move and relocate that made it very appealing to me.”

Buck will be commuting from Elmore County.

Buck’s official first day will be Oct. 1. However, she has already visited Central Office and begun meeting finance staff.

CCS CSFO LaVerne Williams has taken a job with Madison City Schools. Her last day is Sept. 30.