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Former Gresham-Barlow CFO slated to join district in December, replacing state finance expert

The Beaverton School District is poised to replace a state budget expert on its administrative team come December.

After guiding the district through a near-catastrophic budget season and helping the school district prepare for a landmark influx of new state funds, Jim Scherzinger will move on from his role as interim chief financial officer, effective Dec. 9.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Jim Scherzinger, interim chief financial officer for Beaverton School District, addresses gives a financial update to the school board in October. The district has appointed Mike Shofield to take over the role, starting in December.Scherzinger was brought on in May, after the abrupt resignation of the Beaverton School District's former chief financial officer, Gayellyn Jacobson, who left after it was announced that the district was in for a nearly $35 million budget shortfall and massive teacher layoffs.

Those mass layoffs didn't happen, and the district was able to pass a sound budget in late May, but drained its reserves to do so.

Scherzinger came to the Beaverton School District out of retirement, having previously served as chief operations officer for the Oregon Department of Human Services and prior to that, as superintendent of Portland Public Schools.

Next month, Mike Schofield will start as associate superintendent of Business Services, after being appointed to the role by the Beaverton School District's administrative office.

Schofield comes from the Gresham-Barlow School District, and brings 30 years of school finance management experience, according to the Beaverton School District. Schofield previously worked for Forest Grove School District and the Northwest Regional Education Service District.

"I am very pleased that Mike (Schofield) is joining our leadership team. He brings vast finance and operational expertise that will serve the Beaverton School District well," Don Grotting, Beaverton schools superintendent, stated in a news release about the new hire. "In addition, he has been instrumental in passing multiple capital bond requests. Mike will be able to step in right away and bring stability and integrity to our Business Services Department."

Beaverton is the third largest school district in Oregon, with an estimated 41,000 students, a general fund budget of nearly $508 million and a total budget of nearly $963.7 million.


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