Westlake Board of Education begins search for new CFO/treasurer

Westlake Schools CFO/treasurer Mark Pepera is leaving the district for a similar position in Brunswick.

The Westlake Board of Education has begun the search process for a new chief financial officer/treasurer after Mark C. Pepera announced that he accepted a similar position with the Brunswick City School District. Pepera has been with Westlake City Schools since 1998 and received numerous national and state accommodations and accolades for excellence in financial reporting, a focus on transparency and superior audit results.

Pepera and his staff recently earned the district its 23rd consecutive national Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award, the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

“The board has been fortunate to include Mr. Pepera on its leadership team. His financial expertise, experience and hard work have resulted in substantial district savings, which have allowed us to continue offering excellent programming in spite of the district’s financial challenges,” said Westlake Board President Carol Winter. “We wish him the best as he moves on to Brunswick.”

Pepera said he was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to serve the Westlake community during the last 18 years, but the opening in Brunswick provided a unique opportunity for him and his family. Brunswick is the eighth largest K-12 school district in the state with more than 7,400 students and 11 school buildings. 

The Westlake Board of Education will work with K-12 Business Consulting – who recently helped the district in its superintendent search – to have a new CFO/treasurer in place by Aug. 1.

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