For the third time in two years, the Wellington school district is searching for a new treasurer.
The school board approved Michael Pissini’s resignation at a May 17 board meeting. He will leave to take the same position with the Sheffield school system, with June 10 being his last day in the Wellington office.
“Michael lives in Westlake with Sheffield being right next door,” said schools superintendent Dennis Mock. “It’s a nice opportunity for him to look at a place closer to home. I’m happy for him.”
A special board meeting will be held May 31 at Westwood Elementary to begin discussing the search and possible candidates.
Greg Ring, superintendent at the Educational Service Center of Lorain County, attended the meeting May 17 to volunteer the center’s services free of charge to help expedite the search. He hopes to provide three to five candidates for a first round of interviews by June 13 and to then narrow it down to a second round by June 20.
“I just sent an update on the applicants to Dennis(Mock),” said Ring on May 26. “Right now we have five people who have completed the application packet and a few more who are in the process of completing it. The process for this is in place and we’re ready to move through it.”
The announcement comes just a month after Wellington school board member Ayers Ratliff accused Pissini of being aware that former business manager Tim Wulfhoop lacked proper certification for his position before it was made public.
Pissini, Mock, and Ring all denied that this had anything to do with the job opening up.
“People move in-between jobs for a variety of reasons,” said Ring. “Wellington’s treasurer before Michael, Brad McCracken, also left to work in his home area close to Toledo. Sometimes it’s financial. Smaller school districts can’t compete with salaries in the bigger ones. I’m not saying that’s specifically what happened here, but a variety of factors can come into play.”
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