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.