Board approves hiring chief financial officer

The Pattonville Board of Education on March 8 approved the selection of Mary Jo Gruber as Pattonville’s new chief financial officer (CFO), effective July 1. She replaces Ron Orr, who will retire at the end of the current school year. 

Gruber has served as the CFO for the School District of Clayton since 2011 after working as Clayton’s director of accounting for 11 years. She also served as the business manager for the former Wellston School District and as an auditor and audit manager in the private sector. 

“Ms. Gruber is a well-respected and highly qualified school finance expert with many years of experience in successfully managing school funds and resources,” said Dr. Tim Pecoraro, Pattonville superintendent. “Her expertise and diligence will be crucial in continuing Pattonville’s tradition of being a responsible, forward-thinking steward of our community’s resources for student learning.”

Gruber earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from McKendree University and a master’s degree in business administration from Fontbonne University. Her professional certifications include certified public accountant (CPA); administrator of school finance and operations; and chartered global management accountant.