As the search for a new school business official continues, the Clarinda School District is getting temporary help from a former employee.

At its regular meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Clarinda School Board unanimously approved an agreement for an independent contractor to handle district financial work. Under the agreement, Colby Pedersen will assist with financial and business operations during the transition to a new school business official for a $3,700 fee. Pedersen resigned as the district’s director of finance back in April. But, Clarinda School Superintendent Chris Bergman says Pedersen has remained in contact.

“Mr. Pedersen has been answering phone calls anytime day or night as we need support–and he is willing to continue doing that,” said Bergman. “This will be compensation moving forward for all the things that we will contribute to continue our financial stability–not as a district employee, but as someone who understands school finance, and can help keep us in compliance within the law, as well as getting things finished for state reporting.

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