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School treasurer follows in mother’s footsteps

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PITSBURG - Current treasurer for Franklin Monroe Schools, Deb Van Culin, submitted her resignation to the Franklin Monroe Local School’s board of education, allowing the district time to find a replacement in time for her to transition Doug Bixler, an FM grad, into her position.


Bixler’s mother, Phyllis Bixler, held the position previously, he said, so in a way, he’s following in her footsteps. But between the two women, Bixler noted he’ll have “big shoes to fill.”


In his position as treasurer for Franklin Monroe Schools, Bixler will be responsible for payroll, accounts payable/receivable, budgeting, investments, forecasting, and community relations.


“It would be my hope that I would be able to assist the district as a whole to provide the best education possible through these activities. My major concern would be to try to produce the “biggest bang for the buck” in all areas of the district,” Bixler noted.


Bixler has a long-standing, vested interested in FM, as he was born and raised in the school district, he said, graduating from FM in 1978.


He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in 1982 and his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton. Following college, Bixler taught algebra at Franklin Monroe High School for 29 years. He retired as an instructor in 2012.


Bixler received his treasurer’s license five years ago, and after retirement went on to serve as the assistant treasurer/treasurer of several community schools in the Dayton area, he said.


Bixler will be leaving his current position as treasurer for the Dayton Region STEM School in Kettering once the district has found an appropriate replacement for him, hopefully by February, he said.


“Leaving a school mid-year is a difficult process, and I hope to make it as smooth as possible,” Bixler noted. “…(Franklin Monroe) is the only district I would have left my current position for. I also have a very personal reason for wishing to work in this capacity. This job was once my mother’s (Phyllis Bixler - 42 years) and in that respect I hope to follow in her footsteps as a fiscal agent who takes great pride in all aspects of the academic life at Franklin Monroe.”

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