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Schilling to retire from bookkeeping position at end of 2009-10 school term PDF Print E-mail

By Shari Friedel

Tribune Staff

After 26 years in the Venango, Grant and Perkins County school systems, bookkeeper Jan Schilling has decided to retire at the close of the 2009-2010 school year.

A lifelong Venango resident, Schilling describes her education as “trial and error,” and having seen many technological changes throughout her career, has tackled any challenge that came her way.

With bookkeeping as her favorite class in high school, she enrolled in an off-campus college accounting class. During the summer months in high school, she was employed in an elevator, and kept books for a service station in Venango.

After graduating from Venango School in 1961 Schilling’s first full time job was at Perkins County Hospital, where she handled accounting, accounts receivable and transcribed medical records.

Her first introduction to computers came with her employment at the Dudden corporate office in Grant prior to her employment in the school.

She started as secretary and bookkeeper at Venango School in 1984. When the Grant and Venango schools merged in 2003, she was offered the position of district bookkeeper. Her duties have included taking care of payroll and accounts payable, and providing financial reports to the superintendent and board of education.

“Jan played a vital role in helping me transition into the role of superintendent when I came to Perkins County Schools three years ago,” said Perkins County Schools Superintendent Tobin Buchanan. “She has been a pleasure to work with and will truly be missed.”

Of her decision to retire, Schilling comments, “I think I started thinking about retirement when I was seeing children of the kids I knew when they started kindergarten in Venango.”

Although she will miss the interaction with the students and faculty and staff at Perkins County Schools, she looks forward to completing unfinished projects such as photo albums, and spending more time with friends, family, and especially her six grandchildren.