Franklin treasurer continues personal leave, school board appoints interim

A seasoned school finance professional and certified public accountant was appointed Monday as interim treasurer of the Franklin Board of Education.

Robert Guiffré of Loveland was contracted through the Warren County Educational Services Center at a rate of $850 per day which includes salary and benefits. Guiffré’s contract is retroactive to March 30 and is open-ended, according to Franklin Superintendent Michael Sander.

Board President Rachel Ruppert-Wolfinbarger said Guiffré will be filling in for Treasurer Jana Bellamy, who has been on personal leave for the past few weeks. She declined to comment further on Bellamy on Tuesday.

Bellamy has worked in school finance for nearly 35 years, with nearly 28 years with the Franklin schools. She officially retired from the district on Dec. 31, 2015 but was rehired by the school board effective Jan. 1, 2016 with a salary of $101,557. She was in the last year of a 4 1/2-year contract with a salary of $113,000, according to district records.

Since August 2017, Guiffré has provided interim treasurer and chief financial officer services as a consultant. In addition, he also does financial, forecast and data analysis as well as doing negotiations, compensation and benefit advising, and project and conversion advising and managing.

Guiffré served as a consultant/interim treasurer for the Forest Hills School District, with a $90 million operating budget and a $168 million all funds budget. He also facilitated the transition of financial leadership, continued management of a $103 million construction project.

From July 2007 to December 2017, Guiffré served as treasurer and CFO of the Great Oaks Career Campuses. He served as a consultant to the CFO from August to December 2017 to facilitate the on-boarding and transition of the new CFO.

Guiffré served as Little Miami Local Schools treasurer/CFO from August 2004 to July 2007 and was the treasurer/CFO for the Loveland City School District from November 1992 to March 1999. He was a broker and dealer with Cambridge Investment Research from March 1999 to December 2009.

He is a Navy veteran, a certified public accountant and a licensed Ohio school treasurer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Columbia College, Columbia, Mo.

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