ACSU hires Middlebury man as new business manager

MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Peter Burrows on Thursday confirmed that Middlebury resident Joshua Quinn will become the district’s new business manager, effective July 11.
He will replace current ACSU Business manager David Boucher, who will be stepping down in June after almost two years.
In a notable twist, Quinn’s addition to the ACSU administrative staff will lead to his subtraction from the newly created Addison Central School District (ACSD) board. In essence, Quinn cannot serve on a board that will be his boss.
Quinn was one of seven Middlebury residents who in March ran unopposed for that community’s seven spots on the 13-member panel, which will govern the district and help craft a single budget for the seven Middlebury-area elementary schools, as well as Middlebury Union middle and high schools.
Quinn is currently employed as director of property management services for the ReArch Company in South Burlington. He has been with ReArch since 2006, when the company hired him as a construction project manager.
From 2004 to 2006, he worked as a project manager for Bread Loaf Corp. in Middlebury.
Quinn in 2014 earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Vermont. He earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in 1999.
“It seemed like a really good fit,” Quinn said of the business manager job.
He explained that Vermont’s Act 46, passed by the Legislature last year, got him interested in the issue of school finance. He began attending school board meetings and decided to throw his hat in the ring for one of the ACSD board spots that he will now have to vacate before attending a single meeting.
As the ACSU business manager, Quinn will be the district’s point-person in dealing with the financial implications of Act 46. Along with prescribing a global education budget for school districts, the new law encourages more sharing of resources and personnel among schools.
Quinn and his wife Jenn (Perine) have three children.
Burrows was pleased to announce Quinn’s selection from what he said was a good pool of qualified applicants. He hopes Quinn gives more continuity to a position that has seen substantial turnover during the past eight years.
“Josh really stood out for a number of reasons,” he said. “First, his proven leadership. He is able to work with a diverse group of people, lead a team strongly. He’s going to bring a strong financial management vision to the ACSD.”
Burrows also cited Quinn’s connection to the Middlebury community.
“Another one of Josh’s strengths is his strong community ties,” he said. “I think that’s a real benefit working with the community, having a real stake in the ACSD and Middlebury.”
The new ACSD board is slated to meet for the first time on June 22. The panel will solicit interest in the Quinn vacancy and encourage Middlebury residents to apply. Officials said the board will ultimately pick a Middlebury resident to serve in Quinn’s term at least until the next local elections in March 2017.
Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected].

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