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Dawson-Bryant promotes Tordiff to treasurer

Dawson-Bryant's Board of Education did not have to look far to fill two financial positions within the district.

Assistant Treasurer Jim Tordiff was promoted to treasurer last week and intern Brad Miller was promoted to assistant treasurer Monday.

After nearly 25 years with the Dawson-Bryant school district, Treasurer Steve Sites resigned in May for personal reasons.

Superintendent James Payne said the first priority was to find someone who was well qualified and that Tordiff certainly fits the bill.

"We wanted to look in-house for someone competent and qualified. Obviously, we have found that in Jim Tordiff," Payne said. "He is extremely competent, bright and motivated. I think he will do an excellent job."

Payne was equally excited about adding Miller to the staff permanently. By hiring two people who have already been working in the system, the district has eliminated a six to eight month training period that would have been needed for someone to start from scratch.

"On behalf of the Board of Education, we are extremely pleased with the competence and quality of these people," he said. "I think they will be a mainstay in the district for years to come."

Tordiff has an extensive background in finance. In addition to other positions, he served as director of finance for the city of Ironton from 1982 to 1987, was treasurer at Rock Hill High School from 1987 to 1989 and mayor of Ironton from 1990 to 1995.

Because he had already met all the requirements, it was easy for him to renew his treasurer's license. He said he is comfortable handling finance and loves working for the school district.

"I have enjoyed working at Dawson-Bryant schools as much as any place I have ever worked," he said. "I do not think there is anyone up here I would not consider a friend. It has just been a wonderful atmosphere to work in."

Because they were hired at the end of the fiscal year, it has been both positive and negative, Tordiff said.

"It has made it a little hectic because a lot of reports have to go the state," he said. "But, is has been good because it got us off and running with our feet on the ground."

Miller, a recent graduate of Shawnee State University with a degree in business, has worked at the district for more than a year and will also get his treasures license soon, although hit is not required.

"I am real happy with the situation. Everything has fallen in place for me," Miller said. "I grew up here, played ball here, went to school her. This is where I want to work and live."

Miller said he is also excited to continue working with Tordiff.

"I think (Tordiff) and I work well together," he said. "We complement each other."

Tordiff echoed these sentiments.

"I am real happy to have (Miller). He will play an integral part in the operation," Tordiff said. "He is very bright and energetic. The district is very fortunate to get someone of his caliber to come on and help out."