The Patrick Henry school board of education has hired a new treasurer to take-over full-time duties in the district on August 1st. Melissa Tope was approved by the board at a special meeting this week, after serving the past 9 years as finance director for the village of Paulding. Tope will serve as an assistant to current treasurer Lisa Shanks beginning July 7th, until her full-time position begins. Shanks will be going back to serve full-time with the Holgate Local Schools. Melissa Tope has 15 years of accounting experience, and will earn $53,000 in her contract with PatrickHenrySchools. The Holgate and Patrick Henry school districts shared a treasurer for the past three years.