Lois Wulfhoop has announced her resignation from the Wellington board of education effective Sept. 1, saying she sold her home.
“The last few years I’ve been thinking about downsizing,” she said Tuesday in a board meeting. “On a whim, I took a chance and tested the market. To my surprise I received a bid within five days on my home. I’ll be moving out of the district at the end of August.”
The decision comes on the heels of the departure of her husband, Tim Wulfhoop, who was terminated in April from his position as Wellington Schools business manager. That action arose from a complaint he did not hold the proper credentials.
Board member Ayers Ratliff accused Lois Wulfhoop of “paving the way” for her husband to become business manager. The situation prompted an investigation of the Wellington Schools by the Ohio Ethics Commission, the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Professional Misconduct, and the Ohio State auditor’s office.
The state ethics commission, which is exempt from comment on investigations, would not confirm whether Lois Wulfhoop is specifically targeted by the probe.
Acting superintendent Greg Ring said the board member’s term expires on Dec. 17 of next year and that a successor will be hired to fill the remainder of her term and run for reelection.
“All applicants are asked to submit their interest in writing to the superintendent,” he said. “Appointment to fill a vacant seat will be by majority vote of the remaining members of the board.”
He said that if the board fails to elect a replacement within 30 days of Wulfhoop leaving, the Lorain County Probate Court will appoint her replacement.
Ring strongly advised the board to be ready to replace Wulfhoop by its next scheduled meeting on Sept. 20.
“I have enjoyed all of my volunteering, fundraising, work at events, and giving back to this community,” said Wulfhoop. “I have no regrets about raising my children here and I thank Wellington for being so kind to them through the years. I wish you all the best.”
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Lois Wulfhoop announced her resignation from the Wellington Schools board of education at a meeting Aug. 16. The district has until the end of September to name a replacement before the Lorain County Probate Court does it for them.