August 28, 2015

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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…

Wellington superintendent announces resignation

John Nolan

WELLINGTON — John Nolan, superintendent of Wellington Schools for three years, announced that he is resigning because of health reasons. Nolan, 65, announced his resignation from his position as superintendent of Wellington Schools last week, two years before his contract is up. “I can’t give 100 percent any more,” Nolan said, adding that he won’t Read More…

Wellington Council names police chief

The new Wellington Police Chief Tim Barfield, left, sits with Sgt. Jeff Sheldon at Wellington Council meeting on Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — An Amherst native and former Maple Heights police officer is returning home as the newest Wellington police chief. At a Council meeting Monday, Wellington Mayor Barbara O’Keefe appointed Tim Barfield to the post. “He was without a doubt the one,” Council president Hans Schneider said, adding that all of the five applicants the Read More…

Wellington police buy 18 body cameras

WELLINGTON — A growing trend in police departments across Lorain County has reached Wellington. This week, Wellington police Sgt. in Charge Jeff Shelton ordered 18 body cameras for each officer in the police force, including part-time officers. “It’s a new fad and we’re seeing that it’s safer for officers,” Shelton said. Each officer will wear Read More…