Penn Hills School District HR director to become its new business manager
Penn Hills School District officials tapped their human resources director as the new business manager.
Superintendent Nancy Hines announced recently that Eileen Navish will serve as interim business manager through April 30, at which time she will officially take over the position formerly held by David Roussos.
Roussos, who has not worked in the district offices this year, resigned last month. The board approved a separation agreement effective at the end of April. He did not include a reason for leaving in his letter of resignation, and he has not returned multiple phone calls seeking comment. District officials have not said why he resigned.
Navish will be the district’s fourth business manager in the past three years. She was hired as its human resources director in January last year.
“She has extensive HR and finance experience,” Hines said. “We saw that on paper when we first interviewed her and have absolutely lived it. She’s been helping to keep us afloat.”
Navish is a certified public accountant from East Pittsburgh with a degree in accounting from Robert Morris University. She led the human resources and finance departments of Belle Vernon Area School District for 16 years prior to coming to Penn Hills.
The business manager position was posted online and applications were accepted through Feb. 16.
Six applied, three were interviewed and a top candidate was chosen — but Navish was not among that group. She later approached Hines about her interest in the job.
“She came in to see me and she said, ‘I can’t let it go,’” Hines said.
The school board authorized giving Navish the job and offering her post to the leading candidate who applied for the business manager position. Navish’s contract will be for five years with a pay freeze the first year. Her salary is $97,850.
“You really need continuity and you really need someone who can do a really great job,” Navish said.
Board President Erin Vecchio said Navish has done a great job for the district and expects that to continue. Navish was also recommended by district Treasurer Robert Marra.
“She understands the system, which is important,” he said. “She’s amazing on her attention to detail, and I think we’re going to get through a lot of the issues we have.”
Penn Hills is approximately $172 million in debt, largely due to the construction of the elementary and high school. Its 2018-19 preliminary budget has a projected $5 million shortfall even with a tax increase.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.