Leslie Bollendorf, who has worked the with the school board for three years, handed in her resignation last week to accept a similar position at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. Bollendorf’s resignation is effective Jan. 30.
“I just saw this as a tremendous opportunity,” said Bollendorf on Monday. “The Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind is an expansive organization.”
Bollendorf, a 1992 graduate of Anniston High School, started working for Calhoun County Schools at the same time as current superintendent Joe Dyar took his office. Dyar said that in her first year on the job, Bollendorf saved the school system $4 million.
“She’s just been very objective and level-headed in dealing with people,” Dyar said. “She’s done tremendous things for this school system.”
As chief financial officer, Bollendorf said her job is to make sure the school system is following state and federal guidelines when putting together budgets and policies, and making sure the schools are using their resources in a cost-effective manner. Dyar said that when Bollendorf first took the job, the school board had one month of reserves in the general fund. Today, it has almost three months.
While her role at the AIDB will be similar to her current job at Calhoun County Schools, there will be substantial differences, especially in scope, she said.
“It’s not only a K through 12 school, it’s an entire institution,” Bollendorf said. “There’s a business side to it.”
Bollendorf said the decision to apply for the AIDB job was a difficult one. The Calhoun County native said she enjoyed working near her hometown and has settled down with her husband in the area. Most importantly, she said she’ll miss the people she works with.
But maybe not as much as they’ll miss her, Dyar said. While several applicants have already applied for the vacant chief financial officer position with Calhoun County Schools, Dyar said no matter who takes the job, they’ll have big shoes to fill.
“Our school system is in much better position because of Leslie’s leadership and selflessness,” Dyar said. “She put us all in the right direction.”
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