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DHS chief appointed after Gayellyn Jacobson, 17-year employee, tenders immediate resignation

Beaverton School District's chief financial officer has resigned.

PMG PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Gayellyn Jacobson gives a financial update during a Beaverton School District board meeting April 29. Jacobson, the district's chief financial officer, tendered her resignation on May 8.In the wake of a $35 million budget deficit, the school district announced Monday, May 13 that Gayellyn Jacobson resigned, effective May 8. Jacobson held the school district's top financial post. She joined the BSD in 2002 and has served in the district's budget department since 2005, according to the district.

It's unclear what prompted the CFO's abrupt departure, but district officials have been under fire from parents and teachers, after the district rolled out a proposed budget that will likely lead to hundreds of positions being cut before the next school year. The district declined to release a copy of Jacobson's resignation letter, but noted she did not state a reason in her notification.

In her place, Beaverton Superintendent Don Grotting appointed Jim Scherzinger to serve as interim CFO immediately following Jacobson's resignation, the district noted in a press release. BSD touted Scherzinger's "vast finance experience," noting he previously directed the state's Legislative Revenue Office before becoming CFO of Portland Public Schools. Scherzinger also previously served as superintendent of PPS and chief operating officer of the Oregon Department of Human Services.

That same day, BSD announced it also hired Josh Gamez to serve as chief facilities officer, after the resignation of Paul Odenthal.

The resignations come on the heels of BSD announcing substantial layoffs at the end of the current school year, due to unanticipated budget gaps.

BSD is the third largest school district in Oregon and serves more than 40,500 students via its 53 schools.

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