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WOODBURY – Region 14 Finance Director Wayne McAllister will retire at the end of the month, bringing an end to a seven-year career here that school officials say has been marked by sound fiscal decision-making in the interest of students.
McAllister, who made the announcement at a virtual Board of Education meeting last week, steps down with the distinction of being the longest to ever serve the district in the position. His official last day is Jan. 25, but he has agreed to stay on in a part-time basis to assist in the transition alongside his replacement, Tina Tanguay, who was recently hired and has already begun her work at Central Office.
McAllister, 67, was lauded by Board of Education members, who applauded his sound financial guidance to Woodbury and Bethlehem schools.
“There are not enough words to express what Wayne has meant to the district,” said Board member Janet Morgan.
Superintendent Joseph Olzacki called McAllister a “diamond” who brought integrity, clarity and stability to the district during a time of major staffing transition, and financial challenges brought on by a $63 million renovation to the high school, cuts in state aid and a worldwide pandemic.
“Wayne is rational in spending, detail oriented, data driven, and has brought a wealth of information and experience,” said Olzacki, who called McAllister a renaissance man with an immense sense of humor and a brilliant mind.
“That man can take a penny and turn it into a half dollar,” Olzacki added.
Board Chairman George Bauer saluted McAllister for his financial stewardship.
“Wayne, you have provided support to the district for many years, and people who know you know you have always had the students at heart and have always had an open door for anyone with questions,” Bauer said.
McAllister arrived in Region 14 in 2013 after spending 24 years in Naugatuck. There, he first served as the town assessor, then became borough comptroller before switching over to become the school district’s business manager.
McAllister, a Naugatuck resident, is also a musician and spent six years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
McAllister last week spoke about his role in overseeing the district’s finances, preferring to keep it simple. “We work everyday for the betterment of the students. I’m just a small part of that,” he said.