TROY - Traci Gilliland's new job has an air of familiarity about it in more ways than one.

On Tuesday, she was hired as the new business administrator for the Troy Area School District. She begins her duties Aug. 6.

In addition to a B.A. in accounting from Bloomsburg University earned in 1999, Gilliland is a CPA and currently works as a finance manager at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre.

But experience in finances isn't the only thing that will help make her feel at home in Troy.

It's her hometown.

She grew up in Troy and graduated from Troy High School in 1995. Currently, she lives in Troy Township.

"I'm excited to be working back in Troy with the school district," she said.

"I care about the district and the community."

Gilliland, 35, noted that she is getting involved with various organizations, such as junior football and the Touchdown Club.

With state finances shrinking, she admits that her job will be a challenge, but said that she's confident she can work with the school board and the district in making the best decisions for the students.

She is married to her husband, Robert, and has two children, Chloe, 7, who is in second grade at W.R. Croman Primary School, and Brendan, 4.

While a student at Troy High School, she was in the academic program and was class president. Her maiden name is McNeal.

Board vice president Dan Martin said he thought she would be a good fit with the district.

She replaces the former business manager, Kirsten Bagley, who resigned earlier this year to take a job as a human resources specialist with BLaST IU 17.

In other business, the board accepted the retirement of long-time elementary teacher Sheryl Angove, effective Feb. 25, 2013. She attended the meeting and was given a round of applause.

The board approved the base bid of $79,000 from Wyoming Electric and Signal Inc. for exterior lighting improvements.

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