Tim Wulfhoop has been terminated from his job with the Wellington Schools.
He served as business manager for the village district at a rate of $60,000 per year from June 17, 2014, until Thursday, when he was released.
“Unfortunately when the job was formed… per Ohio Department of Education code, you need to have a business manager license. Tim does have a bachelor in business administration but that does not per ODE allow that individual to assume the title of a business manager,” district superintendent Dennis Mock told the Enterprise.
Wulfhoop had been tasked with overseeing food services, transportation, maintenance, technology, and collection and management of student data handled by the state.
Prior to June 2014, he had been employed by the school system in the tech and data collection roles.
However, Mock clarified that Wulfhoop’s duties have not been rolled back to his pre-business manager days. Wulfhoop is no longer employed by the district in any capacity.
Mock said he hasn’t ruled out hiring Wulfhoop back in some way, but finds that option unlikely — at least until the state completes an investigation into the situation.
He expects the Wellington board of education to speak with its attorney at its next meeting to determine what options are available.
In the meantime, the district’s business responsibilities have been divided among administrators.
Mock is handling maintenance, Westwood Elementary principal Paul Holland is in charge of transportation, Wellington High principal Tina Drake has been charged with technology, food service has been turned over to McCormick Middle School principal Craug Housum and WHS vice principal Sean Arno, and student data will be handled by treasurer Michael Pissini and special education director Laura Groboske.
Mock, who prior to this school year hailed from a long stint at the Genoa Area Schools near Toledo, praised the job Wulfhoop did.
He said at his previous district, which is similar in size to Wellington, it took three workers and much more money to carry out the duties handled each day by Wulfhoop.
The decision to end his term with the Wellington Schools was entirely based on licensure and not on any conduct, said Mock, who wrote in a release Friday that he felt “forced” to do so.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.
File photo Tim Wulfhoop, seen here in a previous school board meeting, did not have the proper licensure under state law to work as business manager for the Wellington school system, according to the Ohio Department of Education.
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