HOLGATE — The Holgate Local Board of Education has announced that former treasurer/CFO Kent Seemann is returning to that role following his resignation as finance director Monday evening at the Napoleon City Council meeting.

Seemann worked for Holgate Local Schools from October 2016-April 2019, and was hired in March as finance director with the city of Napoleon. The Holgate Local Board of Education has offered Seemann a three-year contract, with his salary expected to be approximately $80,000 per year.

Seemann officially will be rehired at the next regular meeting of the board on June 27, with a start date to work of July 1. His last day with the city of Napoleon will be June 28.

“The decision came down to the overall time that I spend working here, and where I am in my family life, and because of that, I feel Holgate is a better fit for me and my career,” said Seemann. “When I left Holgate, it wasn’t over any disagreements or anything like that, I truly enjoyed working with a great board of education, great administrators and a great staff.

“At the same time, the city of Napoleon has been great to me, it’s a great place to work and I’ve enjoyed working with some great people here, too,” continued Seemann. “I think (city manager) Joel (Mazur) and I work very well together, and I think he’s really doing a great job for the city. There are a lot of positive things taking place in Napoleon, and I see big things for the city in the future.”

Going back to a familiar position will help Seemann hit the ground running upon his return July 1.

“I know I’ll have some catching up to do, there will be budget numbers I’ll need to get started on right away for the better part of summer and for the start of school, so I’m going to jump right back into it,” said Seemann. “Going back to Holgate was a decision that I took some time to think over, but I’m excited to go back to work for a great school district.”

According to a press release from the Holgate Local Board of Education, the members also are pleased to welcome Seemann back to his former position.

“During the search process, we found that the pool of experienced, licensed applicants for the treasurer position was small, and the board was committed to finding the best available person to continue the strong fiscal management to which our taxpayers are accustomed. Our goal is to stay off the ballot for any additional tax levies as long as possible, and having an experienced treasurer is critical in order to accomplish that goal. We welcome Mr. Seemann back to Holgate Local Schools.”

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