District hires new business administrator
The School Board has hired a state education official to run the Park City School District’s business affairs, replacing retired business administrator Von Hortin.
Patty Murphy is leaving her current job as budget administrator and economist for the Utah State Office of Education, where she has worked for the past 12 years and overseen $2.5 billion budget.
The budget of the Park City School District nears $50 million, and Murphy will largely be responsible for it.
"It’s keeping an eye on the funds, making sure the federal, state and local funds that are received are spent in an appropriate manner," Murphy said.
Prior to her work with the Utah State Office of Education, Murphy served as an economic research analyst for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.
She holds a masters degree in applied economics from the University of Utah and earned her bachelors in business from the same school.
"This seemed like an opportunity for a new challenge, I’m ready for a new set of challenges," Murphy said.
She said she is looking forward to being part of the School District.
"The district has such a great reputation, it’s a good place to be," she said.
Murphy lives in Stansbury Park in Salt Lake City and said she looks forward to relocating closer to Park City.
Born in Denver, Murphy grew up in Los Angeles. She graduated from Sylmar High in the San Fernando Valley, where Parkite and current Curriculum Director Merry Haugen graduated.
The School Board, which is responsible for hiring the superintendent and the business administrator, initially received 18 applications for the position. Board vice president, Kim Carson, said they narrowed the pool down to 3 before Murphy was selected.
The selection included meeting with people who report to the business administrator and also talking to a hiring committee that included, among others, district administrators, a school principal, two school board members, and representatives from the Park City Education Association.
"I was pleased with the overall number of candidates, there was a lot of discussion, but I think it came down to feeling confident in the individual we selected for the position," Carson said.
She added that Murphy’s qualifications impressed the school board, including her reputation at the Utah State Office of Education.
"She’s known at the state as the go-to person," Carson said.
According to Carson, Murphy seemed like a personable individual.
"I think she’ll be able to work with our administrators, our teachers and the board in helping us all understand how we fit into the entire budgeting processs," Carson said.
School district Superintendent Dave Adamson said he is comfortable with the hiring.
"I think she’s very personable, very approachable and I was also impressed that she does her homework," he said, adding that she was very knowledgeable about the district during her interview.
He agreed with Carson that there were many qualified candidates for the position.
"We had a couple of really good finalists, but she has good experience in business functions and she is a good problem solver," he said.
Murphy’s start date is on May 18 and she is planning to attend the upcoming School Board meeting on May 16.
"She’s going to hit the ground running, she is already looking at some of our budget items," Carson said.
Carson added she is eager to introduce Murphy to Park City.
"I look forward to the community getting an opportunity to meet her," Carson said.
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