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Familiar face chosen for Central position

INDEPENDENCE -- Cec Koontz has been tapped as Central School District's new business manager.



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Cec Koontz

INDEPENDENCE -- Cec Koontz has been tapped as Central School District's new business manager.

Koontz will fill the position last held by Mary Knigge, who left the district after seven years this summer to take a job with the Canby School District.

Superintendent Buzz Brazeau said Central received 26 applicants, several from out of state. Ironically, the best fit came from within the community.

"All business managers have to be able to count the beans," Brazeau said. "With Cec, one thing where she stood above the rest is she has a lengthy history of leadership and of teaching leadership."

Koontz, a Monmouth City Councilor since 2010, said one of the elements that attracted her to the opening was Brazeau's goal of getting Monmouth and Independence residents more involved in the district.

"I started volunteering for Central 32 years ago," said Koontz, who's first day was Sept. 24. "What I'm most excited about is being able to help connect the community with the district the way I remember it."

Koontz has worked for the past two years as a regional program coordinator for Rural Development Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that helps communities with visioning projects and team building.

She was customer service manager at West Coast Bank in Monmouth for a decade and, before that, a human resources manager for National Frozen Foods and Blue Diamond Growers for a collective 16 years.

Koontz said the new position shouldn't effect her ability to serve as a city councilor.

"Because of the economy, you always have to be looking for new and creative ways to do more with less," Koontz said. "I think that's something I have a grasp of, finding better ways to do things, creating collaborations and partnerships."



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