Regional School District 13 has hired a new business manager, a familar face, leaving Waterford with a vacancy.
On Nov. 14, the District 13 Board of Education voted unanimously to re-hire Ron Melnik, a little over a year after he left the job to become business manager for Waterford Public Schools.
"It is a rare opportunity that presented itself and I am thrilled to be back in this community," said Melnik, a Durham resident. "I didn't realize until I was no longer in the community just how much it meant to me, professionally and personally."
Waterford hired Melnik in 2011 to replace Michael DeRay, who retired. He is now leaving the post, meaning Waterford will have to search for a new business manager.
"I met some great people in Waterford and it was difficult from that perspective to leave, but I am looking forward to putting all my efforts toward contributing here in District 13," he said.
Melnik replaces Pamela Mangini, who lives in Hamden and recently was hired as business manager of District 16 schools in Prospect.
Before leaving, Mangini helped school administrators begin the budgeting process and Melnik's hiring should be a smooth transition, board chairman Kerrie Flanagan said.
"Based on our experience in the past, we know that Ron will be a huge asset to the district. With his knowledge of District 13 and the strong skills he brings to the role, he will be able to step in and immediately contribute to the budget process and district financial operations," she said.
"I personally am thrilled to have Ron back. I have always thought very highly of him and I believe that this is the best outcome for RSD13 under the circumstances."
Superintendent Susan Viccaro echoed Flanagan's feelings about Melnik's hiring.
"I think it’s great that we have someone who can hit the ground running and knows the District well," she said.
Melnik, who previously served as District 13's business manager from 2007 until 2011, is scheduled to return early next month.