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WCCC Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet 2018

Posted on: September 24, 2018

Four individuals were inducted into the Warren County Career Center Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for 2018. They were nominated for their accomplishments in career and community involvement, and WLS is proud to announce that one of the inductees is a Waynesville graduate.  

Sandy Gross Bertram completed the WCCC Accounting/Computing program and graduated from Waynesville High School in 1982. Her instructors were Chris Hamm and Anne Simison, now Anne Furderer. She has served as Payroll Coordinator for Loveland City Schools since 2012. She began her career working in the office of Leggett & Platt, and then began working in school district payroll departments at Centerville, Beavercreek and Princeton before ending up in Loveland. She is a member and has served as local president of the American Payroll Association.  At Princeton as Payroll Supervisor, she worked with four different unions and changes in administration to reorganize the payroll department into one respected and appreciated by district staff.

“I am overwhelmed with joy and proud to have graduated from WCCC,” she said. “It truly paved my way to be at this point in my life. Someone asked me how I ever started working in payroll and I always give the Warren County Career Center credit. I remember doing payroll for a Mach business in the Accounting and Computing class and said, ‘that is what I want to do.’ My teachers were more than teachers, they were friends. They sent me on an interview for Leggett & Platt as a Payroll Clerk and I was hired my senior year. I went to work half days. I can’t thank the school enough. This is truly an honor.” 

“With my eighteen years in school finance and fourteen years as a Treasurer/CFO I personally have relied on my wife to help me and my districts through some tough payroll decisions,” Middletown City Schools Treasurer Randy Bertram said in his nomination letter. “Sandy has always been there for me and my payroll staffs to answer questions any time. She truly knows her stuff when it comes to school payroll, she is an expert. Because of Sandy’s decision to attend Warren County Career Center in 1980, her payroll career was made possible.” 

Sandy and her husband Randy live in Middletown and have two grown daughters, Courtney Flanders and Mindy Glazier, and eight grandchildren with one on the way. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and is an avid watcher of home improvement shows.

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