Wachusett Schools Hires New Director Of Business, Finance

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Joseph Scanlon is the Wachusett school district's next director of business and finance.
Joseph Scanlon is the Wachusett school district's next director of business and finance.

HOLDEN, Mass. — The Wachusett Regional School Committee voted unanimously to support the hiring of Joseph Scanlon as the district's next director of business and finance.

Over the summer, $1.2 million in overspending by the Wachusett Regional School district led to the termination of the contract of former Business Manager Peter Brennan.

An ad hoc subcommittee has been interviewing candidates and recommended Scanlon to the full committee Wednesday night.

"I consider it an honor," said Scanlon. "I believe in this job passionately, and one of the qualifications that was left off my resume was that I have seven years of experience sitting on the Board of Education in New Jersey. That's what got me into this business."

Scanlon, 56, is a resident of Belchertown and has worked as director of finance and operations at Quaboag Regional School District since 2006.

Before taking that job, he was the school business administrator at Ramapo Indian Hills School District in New Jersey, where he assisted in school budget preparation and administration.

His private sector experience includes work as director of industrial buying at Toys "R" Us Inc., as well as director of strategic sourcing at SPS Procurenet.

Scanlon will start Dec. 17.

After the meeting, the school committee met in executive session to hold contract negotiations.

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I know this is an old post but looks like we are just going to continue with the unchecked and uncontrolled spending. Nice article in the T&G today "Quabbin Regional School District system faces state action".

This was under Mr. Scanlon's watch.....

He can not be any worse than Brennan. Brennan was way over his head and should have never been hired, he was never qualified for the position, no accounting background and no accomplishments prior to being hired. It was an inside job and the signs were there a long time ago that he was not capable of performing the job. Things can only get better

Not sure if Mr. Scanlon was having similar issues at Quaboag as he was obviously looking for a new opportunity as Central Berkshire Regional School District was preparing to offer him a job as well a few days ago.

However, School Committee Member John B. Conner for CBRSD raised concern over the past three years of Mr. Scanlon’s time at Quaboag, saying the district was in “financial trouble.”

I hope that we are not inheriting another mess. I wish Mr. Scanlon the best as he will need it to battle the WRSD machine to keep the district financially healthy.

Thanks for your enlightening post. Looks like you are doing some homework as well. Please keep us posted on anything else you find out about the Quaboag situation.

Sound like a good choice. Kudos to the School Committee for doing their homework!

Congradulations and best wishes to Mr. Scanlon.