August 9 Reception Set for Retiring MSD of Wayne Township CFO

Dennis Tackitt, chief financial officer for the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, will retire from his position August 11.

Mr. Tackitt became business manager for the school district in 1996. He ultimately became responsible not only for overseeing MSD Wayne’s finances, but for its operations, transportation, and child nutrition departments as well.

Mr. Tackitt helped guide the district through increasing financial challenges in the wake of state-imposed property tax caps in 2010. Those tax caps, along with a significant decline in property values in Wayne Township, created millions of dollars in lost revenue for the district. Mr. Tackitt helped MSD Wayne trim its budget in ways that kept cuts from affecting the classroom. He then helped lead the district through a successful operating referendum in 2015, which helped replace the lost revenue and avoided further cuts that would have impacted student learning.

“Dennis has been instrumental in leading our district’s effort to utilize our taxpayers’ dollars as efficiently and effectively as possible,” said MSD Wayne Superintendent Jeff Butts. “This kind of leadership is crucial, especially during the economic challenges we have faced in recent years.”

Before coming to MSD Wayne, Mr. Tackitt served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer for CICOA The Access Network, a private, Indianapolis-based not-for-profit organization. Prior to CICOA, Mr. Tackitt worked at Citizens Gas & Coke Utility, holding positions in accounting, budgeting and planning, rates, and customer service.

Mr. Tackitt received his MBA in finance from Butler University and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University – Indianapolis.

“I have been blessed with the opportunity to help the students and staff of the MSD of Wayne Township during the past 20 years,” Mr. Tackitt said. “I am grateful to Dr. Butts and our board of education for the privilege.”

A reception for Mr. Tackitt will be held Wednesday, August 9 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the MSD Wayne Education Center, 1220 South High School Road. The public is invited.