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GROVE CITY – A new hire began Monday as Director of Business Services for Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, filling a nearly two-month void.
Maureen Werwie was unanimously hired by the Intermediate Unit’s board of directors at her February 24 meeting but was unable to start earlier due to a 60-day notice required for her previous position, Executive Director Dr. Wayde Killmeyer.
The Intermediate Unit manages 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 intermediate unit’s various budgets, ranging from federal program budgets to state programs to the unit’s individual departments, Killmeyer said.
“She’s in charge of all of these budgets, so it’s a huge job,” said Killmeyer.
Werwie has been working as Business Manager at the Commodore Perry School District since 2017 and was previously the superintendent’s confidential administrative assistant for five years.
She also held other positions in the school district, according to a press release, and before her career training as a compensation specialist with a law firm in Pittsburgh.
Werwie received her BS in Business Administration from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and a Masters in School Management from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV and support the school districts,” said Werwie.
Former director of business services for the Intermediate Unit, Pat Connolly, left in late February or early March to take on another role. During those two months before Werwie could begin, Killmeyer said the position’s responsibilities were shared among other employees in the office.
In searching for a replacement, Killmeyer said several applicants were narrowed down to three respondents before the board of directors made its decision.
During the hiring process, the board wanted someone who was used to taking on huge responsibility for other budgets, but also someone with the right temperament and personality to fit the culture of the intermediate unit, Killmeyer said.
“We have a very open, caring and supportive culture here,” said Killmeyer. “We didn’t want someone to be too persistent or too didactic, but instead support a team approach.”
The Grove City-based organization also signed a contract with Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit 28 through its Director of Business Services, who was able to ease some of the workload and provide guidance to the office. This director will mentor Werwie as she gets used to the intermediate unit, Killmeyer said.
Although the Intermediate Unit would miss Connolly, Killmeyer said he looks forward to Werwie’s service with the organization.
“She (Connolly) has done a lot of great things and has run smoother operations, but I am extremely confident that Maureen can pick up where Pat left off,” said Killmeyer.
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