Oskaloosa Schools Names New Director of Finance

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The Oskaloosa Community School District named Sarah McGriff as the district’s new director of finance, effective February 26.

McGriff brings a wealth of experience and a strong educational background to her new role, according to the district. Most recently serving as an accountant for the City of Ottumwa, she also held the position of business manager/board secretary at the North Mahaska CSD from 2020 to 2023. 

“I am thrilled to be joining the team at Oskaloosa Schools,” McGriff said. “The district has a wonderful story to tell of their dedication to student success and wellbeing, and I look forward to being a part of that from within the business office.”

McGriff holds an MBA from Maryville University and a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. In recognition of her dedication and potential in the field, she was awarded the 2023 Iowa Association of School Business Officials Emerging Leader Scholarship. She was named an Iowa Women in Public Finance Issuer Ambassador in the same year.

“We are excited to welcome Sarah to our team. Her extensive experience in finance combined with her deep ties to the Oskaloosa community make her an excellent fit, aligning well with our vision culture and our value of operating with efficiency,” said Osky Superintendent Mike Fisher. “We look forward to her contributions to ensuring the financial stability and success of our school district.”

McGriff is involved in the Osky community, serving as the music director and high school youth group leader for the First Presbyterian Church of Oskaloosa. She also participates in the Oskaloosa City Band and her daughter attends daycare in the area.

“I am passionate about the continued growth of this community, and an immense factor in that is the success of the school district. I’m #ALLIN on ensuring that the district remains financially sound, successful, and transparent to the community,” McGriff said.

In her new role, McGriff aims to enhance the district’s financial systems and ensure transparent communication both internally and externally. She plans to implement new digital processes to increase efficiency and assist in financial forecasting, building on the foundation laid by her predecessor, Chad Vink.

“I am looking forward to becoming acquainted with the financial systems of the Oskaloosa Schools and assessing ways that the financial story of the district can continue to be shared,” McGriff said.

McGriff resides in New Sharon with her family, including her nine-month-old daughter, who is already proudly sporting her first Oskaloosa School T-shirt.

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