Eastwood hires Lake treasurer; Leppelmeier will replace McCracken


PEMBERVILLE – The new treasurer for Eastwood Local Schools won’t have far to travel for her new job.

At Monday’s meeting, the board of education unanimously approved the hiring of Monica Leppelmeier as the district’s new treasurer.

She has served as treasurer for Lake Local Schools for almost three years.

Leppelmeier said the decision was a personal and professional move for her and her family.

“I think the way the Eastwood community invests in their students, I can hopefully be involved here, I’m really looking forward to that,” she said. “I think this is going to be the right fit for me.”

Leppelmeier will replace Brad McCracken, who has taken a job with the Wood County Educational Service Center.

She was one of three candidates interviewed for the job.

AJ Haas, president of the Eastwood board of education, said Leppelmeier’s knowledge of the district and her experience was the deciding factor.

“We felt she was the best person to help us achieve the goals that we have moving forward,” he said.

Leppelmeier served as a senior business manager for the University of Toledo for eight years, until 2020. She managed annual operating and capital budgets for the colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and health sciences totaling $73 million.

Leppelmeier, who is a Lake graduate, served on Lake board of education for seven years before resigning to take the treasurer’s post in August 2020.

She has her bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration, both from UT.

She and her husband, Kyle, live in Stony Ridge and have three children.

McCracken, when asked, declined to comment on the reason for his departure. His last day is Nov. 30.

Leppelmeier was given a two-year, eight-month contract effective Dec. 1.

For the month of December, she will be paid $50.50 per hour, not to exceed 20 hours per week.

From Jan. 1-July 31, her prorated salary will be $60,980, and then $105,000 annually for the two years of her contract.

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