BROOKSVILLE - Eight months after the Hernando County School District lost its chief financial officer to a sex blog, district staff have had to pull together and act in the role of CFO themselves to ready the 2013-14 budget, which the school board officially adopted at their meeting Tuesday night.
But starting Sept. 30, the weight of those added job duties can expect to be lifted when a certified public accountant in Palm Beach Gardens named George Gall will walk through district office doors as the next, full-time CFO for Hernando County Schools.
"That's the plan anyway," Gall said Wednesday morning. "I've got to fill some paperwork requirements for them, and a lot is involved, and I still have to find a place to live."
In 12 days, the district will turn over a $261,601,419 budget to Gall where almost 81 percent is comprised of employee salaries and benefits.
According to Media Relations Coordinator Roy Gordon, the base salary for the position is $78,800, but administrators can bring in up to 15 years of similar experience and have their salaries adjusted accordingly.
"There is a verification process to determine the number of years granted," Gordon wrote. "Once this is completed, Mr. Gall's salary will be adjusted to reflect the number of years experience granted on the administrative salary schedule."
Gall has 12 years of senior level CFO experience for a nonprofit Christian university, holds a Master of Business Administration and accounting degrees from Florida Atlantic University, is a licensed CPA and real estate agent in Florida, and was an initial member of the Community Advisory Board of Enterprise Bank of Florida.
He's a church treasurer and president of its men's club and a little league baseball manager, and he taught a merit badge with the Boy Scouts of America, according to a copy of his resume. "I'm just looking forward to helping Hernando County School District with some of their challenges," Gall said.
Executive Director of Business Services Heather Martin expanded the CFO search to the national level after the former chief executive officer of All Saints Academy in Winter Haven, John Wilkinson, was hired this summer to be the next CFO but announced in May he would be unable to take the position due to his wife of 24 years being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.