The School Committee voted unanimously at its Monday meeting this week to approve funds to hire Aziz Aghayev as the district’s part-time business manager, replacing Peter Rowe, who held the position for two years. Aghayev is currently the chief financial officer for the Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett, where he has worked for the past eight years.
Superintendent Linda Dwight said Aghayev “comes with a lot of skills that would be a great fit for what we need here.” The Pioneer Charter School’s budget is about the same size as the school budget here, and his work there has required many of the same types of reports that Harvard must file with the state. Aghayev is also familiar with online bill-paying systems, which will allow the district to move beyond what Dwight called the “antique” paper warrants Harvard schools still use. Both he and David Nalchajian, the town’s finance director, plan to take part in a state training program for ProPay, the system that the Massachusetts School Building Authority will use to reimburse Harvard for the school construction project.
Aghayev will work two days a week on a consistent schedule, starting at $550 a day with a review in three months, but no benefits. Although he has been working full time at the charter school, Dwight explained, he plans to broaden his resume and eventually combine a part-time job with consulting work.
Aghayev lives in Lynnfield and has a young family, Dwight said. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Azerbaijan State Economics University in Baku, a Master of Science in accounting from Azerbaijan Cooperation University, and an MBA in accounting from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.