BGCS nonrenews treasurer’s contract


Bowling Green City Schools will not renew its contract with its treasurer.

After a brief executive session tonight, the board of education voted 4-1 to not renew Cathy Schuller’s contract when it expires July 31.

Neither board President Tracy Hovest, who cast the single no vote, nor Superintendent Ted Haselman would comment on what led to the vote.

Schuler said she was not expecting the action.

“No, obviously,” she said.

She has been treasurer of Bowling Green City Schools since November 2017.

“I’m not going to discuss personnel matters,” Hovest said, and declined to explain why she voted against the action.

She also would not say who instigated the move.

“I’ve got no comment,” Haselman said.

In July, the board approved a merit-based salary increase for Schuller.

A lump sum of $1,236 – equal to 1% — was added to her base salary effective Aug. 1, bringing her annual pay to $124,836.

Hovest at the time said she thought the increase should have been more.

However, in January, Schuller reported the theft of two paper checks that had been cashed by unknown persons, one in Atlanta, Georgia and one in Columbus.

This was after two incidents of fraud were found by her office in August. Two automatic payments had been deducted from the district’s bank account. The district was reimbursed for these losses.

According to the resolution read by board member Norm Geer, Hovest must notify Schuller in writing as soon as possible but no later than March 1 that the board did not intend to renew her contract.

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