Business Administrator leaves an empty chair at district offices
After nearly eight years as Business Administrator for the Park City School District, Von Hortin is retiring at the end of March.
He is expecting his first grandchild in June and wants to spend more time with his family. The new job Hortin has taken, as a compliance officer with the Utah State Office of Education, will allow him to do this.
As Business Administrator, Hortin supervises the budget, financial reports, purchasing and the technical department. During the first six years of his employment Hortin’s job description also included supervision over transportation and maintenance.
Hortin has helped the district to offer an attractive benefits package to employees and says their salary schedule is the best in the state.
He watched the construction of Trailside Elementary School and renovations to Treasure Mountain Elementary School and other buildings in the district, "to bring them up to good standards," he said.
During his career the district began its Community Education program and started recruiting elementary and P.E. specialists. He also helped local schools survive the 2002 Winter Olympics.
"We weathered the Olympics, which caused us to shut down schools for 3 weeks," he said.
Hortin acknowledges a lot of people have contributed to these successes.
"Everything I’ve done has been a team effort," he said. "We’ve done a lot of good things. This is probably the finest school district in the state."
Superintendent Dave Adamson said Hortin had a wealth of experience that served the district well.
"He brought a lot of knowledge of budgets, and when it comes to the legislature or state allocations, he right on top of it," Adamson said.
He mentioned that Hortin often stayed late and arrived early.
"I don’t think we would see anyone who is more dedicated to the success of the district. I have a great deal of respect for Von and for his expertise in fiscal management," Adamson said.
The Business Administrator position is currently being advertised and Hortin anticipates the district will find a replacement in mid to late April.
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