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East Aurora approves operations manager

Updated: February 24, 2013 6:27AM

AURORA — The East Aurora school board approved hiring an Operations Manager at their board meeting Tuesday night.

The board voted 6-1 to approve hiring Aurora contractor Marty Feltes to the position. Board member Ray Hull voted against the hire.

Earlier this week, Hull said he had questions about the district’s process in hiring Feltes. Despite his “no” vote, those questions were not about Feltes himself, Hull said.

“The construction manager position was supposed to be a replacement for the exiting buildings and grounds administrator,” Hull said.

But Construction Manager David Finlay was not notified of all of his responsibilities over the buildings and grounds department, Hull said. Since September, the board has not had communications about Finlay’s performance from Superintendent Jerome Roberts, Hull said.

“We’re not talking about whether or not Mr. Feltes can do his job. He can do his job,” Hull said. “What I’m saying is what we sought was an administrator.”

The district made the decision to strike a college degree requirement for the administrative position.

Hull said ultimately Feltes will be good for the department.

“Nobody on this board is going to tell Mr. Feltes what to do. He’s a tell it like it is kind of guy,” Hull said, who will advocate for the department.

Board member Richard Leonard, who is friends with Feltes, said that hiring an operations manager with a construction manager already working at the district wasn’t a “knee-jerk” decision. There are serious problems in the maintenance department, he said.

“I begged him to apply for (the position),” Leonard said of Feltes. “We had very good candidates but Mr. Feltes is the one that came out on top.”

Board member Anita Lewis said Tuesday night that several candidates were interviewed for the position.

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