After running school finances in the town of Reynoldsburg for more than a decade, district treasurer Tammira Miller plans to close the books for the last time at the end of this year.
Miller will retire on December 31 and will be replaced by Acting Assistant Treasurer Angele Latham, who was hired on October 1 as part of the transition process.
âAlthough I retire, my heart will remain in Reynoldsburg,â Miller said in a statement. “I want to thank the school board, RCS staff, students and families for making me a family member for the past 12 years.”
Miller started with Reynoldsburg Schools in August 2009 after serving as Treasurer of Local Schools from West Muskingum to Zanesville and Public Accountancy before that.
She said she liked the bookkeeping, but it got boring.
âI was starting to get bored because it was just numbers all the time,â Miller said. This week. âOne of my accounting jobs was auditing school districts, and when a position opened up I applied because I wanted to do something that would allow me to use my accounting knowledge, but which also allowed me to work with people and make a difference. “
Miller said that the job of treasurer “was kind of the perfect blend of all the things I loved to do.”
She arrived in the district a year after the issuance of a 4.9 million euro bond issue that funded the construction of the District’s Second High School and Summit Road STEM Elementary School on the campus of Summit Road.
âI was involved in it and it was exciting work,â she said.
She said she took great pride in maintaining the financial well-being of the district throughout her tenure, but it was her colleagues who brought her back.
She said she was particularly close to Ed Johnson, special assistant to the superintendent; Director of Human Resources Jamie Wilson; and academic director Jocelyn Cosgrave.
âWe joke that we’re like the only ones left from the old days,â Miller said.
âThese are always the people I worked with here. I have been so blessed to have worked with so many good people and people who are all working for the betterment of our students and our community. And that’s always been the driving force in Reynoldsburg, and that’s why I love it here.
Miller said one of his favorite memories is reading to elementary school students.
âI really enjoyed it,â she said. âChildren make everything worth it. And I wish I had the chance to do it more often.
Latham was previously executive director of strategic planning, financial services and grant management at Cleveland Metropolitan Schools.
âI was extremely lucky to have a script where I actually learn from the current treasurer,â Latham said. âItâs an invaluable experience and itâs not typically the way things are done. “
Latham said Miller had helped her prepare task budgets, negotiations, five-year financial forecasts and more.
She said her previous job at Metropolitan Schools in Cleveland, an urban district with about 37,000 students, would come in handy in her new position.
âSome of the things I take away from there are the attention to detail and learning to work closely with the board members and the superintendent,â said Latham.
District officials have said Miller is an integral part of the staff and will be missed.
“It was a pleasure working with Ms. Miller, who has been a phenomenal colleague, provided a wealth of knowledge and applications and understood the links between finances and student success,” said Superintendent Melvin Brown in a statement. “She has done an incredible job for this district over many years and will be sorely missed.”
“Tammy is the hidden gem of the City of Reynoldsburg School District,” Board of Education chairperson Debbie Dunlap said in a statement. “While not the type of person to seek attention or recognition, she deserves more than the accolades that she gives herâ¦ She has selflessly given to students, staff and community members in Reynoldsburg for over a decade, always ready to truly listen to everyone she welcomes into her office with her open door policy.