GROVE CITY — A new hire started Monday as the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV’s director of business services, filling an almost two-month-long void.
Maureen Werwie was hired unanimously by the Intermediate Unit’s board of directors at its Feb. 24 meeting, but she could not start earlier due to a 60-day notice required at her previous job, Executive Director Dr. Wayde Killmeyer said.
The Intermediate Unit administers state programs for public schools in Mercer, Lawrence and Butler counties, and is based in Grove City.
As director of business services, Werwie will oversee the various budgets at the Intermediate Unit, ranging from budgets for federal programs, state programs and each of the unit’s departments, Killmeyer said.
“She’s in charge of all those budgets, so it’s an enormous job,” Killmeyer said.
Werwie has served as the business manager with the Commodore Perry School District since 2017, and was the confidential administrative assistant to the superintendent for five years before that.
She also served in other positions with the school district, and was a compensation specialist in a Pittsburgh law firm prior to her career in education, according to a press release.
Werwie received her B.S. in business administration from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and a master’s in school business leadership from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV and assist in providing support to the school districts,” Werwie said.
The Intermediate Unit’s previous director of business services, Pat Connolly, left in late February or early March to take another position. During that two-month period before Werwie could begin, Killmeyer said the position’s duties were spread among other staff in the business office.
When searching for a replacement, Killmeyer said multiple applicants were narrowed down to three interviewees before the board of directors made its decision.
During the hiring process, the board wanted someone who was used to large-scale responsibility for other budgets, but also someone with the right temperament and personality to fit with the culture at the Intermediate Unit, Killmeyer said.
“We have a very open, nurturing, supportive culture here,” Killmeyer said. “We didn’t want someone who was going to be too heavy-handed or too didactic, but instead supported a team approach.”
The Grove City-based organization also contracted with the Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit 28 for their director of business services, who was able to alleviate some of the workload and offer guidance to the business office. This director will serve as a mentor to Werwie as she acclimates herself to the Intermediate Unit, Killmeyer said.
Though the Intermediate Unit would miss Connolly, Killmeyer said he looked forward to Werwie’s service with the organization.
“She (Connolly) did many great things and she left behind a smoother-run operation, but I’m extremely confident that Maureen will be able to pick up where Pat left off,” Killmeyer said.
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