March 27, 2015

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Wellington school board introduces new superintendent

New superintendent Dennis Mock, left, meets members of the Wellington School District following a board meeting Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Dennis Mock, a veteran superintendent for more than 20 years in Genoa Schools, approached the position of the Wellington district’s next head Wednesday night with a clear cut goal —continue working to bring the district out of a deficit. The school board voted unanimously to hire Mock to a three-year contract Wednesday night. Read More…

Wellington eighth graders to move to high school

School Board member Joseph Calfo asks about the options available to eighth grade students so they will not lose advanced placement math in the eighth grade for this upcoming school year. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The Board of Education put a hotly debated topic to rest Wednesday when it finalized the decision to move eighth grade students into the high school building beginning next school year. The move passed in a 3-2 vote with board members Ayers Ratliff and Sally Stewart voting it down. The idea to move Read More…

Wellington residents voice opposition to moving eighth graders to high school

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WELLINGTON — Where will the eighth-graders go? That was the question of the night at the Wellington Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday when parents, school staff and community members voiced their concerns with the district’s proposed budget cuts. The board will vote tonight on whether to permanently move eighth-grade students out of McCormick Middle Read More…

Wellington schools lay off 24

WELLINGTON — The Wellington Schools teaching staff was hit the hardest this month when the administration handed out layoff notices to 24 employees. The notices were handed out March 13 to 11 teachers from the elementary, middle and high schools as well as five intervention specialists, cleaners, a secretary, a cafeteria aide and a bus Read More…

Wellington floats idea of eighth graders at high school

WELLINGTON — Groups of parents and teachers gathered at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, largely concerned about the possibility of changes at Wellington Schools as the district continues to make cutbacks. Last month, interim Superintendent Stanley Mounts unveiled a detailed proposal to cut $2.4 million from the budget in order to bring the Read More…

Line can blur between public, private emails

ELYRIA — Local elected officials and government employees don’t have a consistent approach to how they handle emails dealing with public business. Some adhere to a strict separation of their government and private email accounts, while others use one email address for everything. Some alternate between various accounts. Whatever the case, emails dealing with government Read More…

Pool narrows for Wellington school superintendent

WELLINGTON — The Board of Education is looking outside the district — and even the county — for a new superintendent. The board met Tuesday to review, with community groups, three candidates up for consideration. They were chosen after an initial pool of 21 was whittled down to six by the Educational Service Center and Read More…

Administrator still Wellington’s top earner

WELLINGTON — Village Administrator Steven Pyles remained the highest-paid employee in Wellington for the fourth year in a row last year. In 2014, Pyles made $86,619, about $1,000 more than he earned last year. Pyles was joined in the category of highest-paid employees by Mark Rosemark, superintendent of the wastewater division, who made $74,437 and Read More…

Wellington band director who sued back to work

WELLINGTON — A band director who was placed on administrative leave in November was reinstated to her position this week with the only stipulation being that she complete a training seminar. Toni Novotny, a band director for Wellington Schools, returned to work Tuesday. Novotny was put on paid administrative leave in November while the district Read More…

Cuts ahead as Wellington district faces shortfall

WELLINGTON — School officials are taking a hard look at spending in their effort to make budget cuts and bring the district out of debt over the next couple of months. According to Wellington Schools Superintendent John Nolan, the district has 120 days to write plan which it will present to the state regarding how Read More…