Change is coming for both the Wellington School District and its treasurer, Suzanne Wilson, as she heads north to Vermilion.
Wilson said she ended her contract with the Wellington Schools four years early to go to work for a district that’s more financially sound.
She’s proud of the work she’s done since the Wellington school board hired her in 2001 to take over its books.
Wilson has worked to brace the district for a possible financial shortfall. Earlier this year, she created a five-year forecast that shows Wellington Schools facing a $2.2 million deficit by 2018.
Wellington superintendent John Nolan said Wilson’s replacement will have big shoes to fill.
He said he spoke with the treasurer multiple times every day.
Wilson’s experience laying the groundwork for Wellington’s new middle school gave her a one up in the application process.
“We are very fortunate that we were able to attract someone with Suzanne’s background and experience,” Vermilion school board president Dale Dawson posted on the district’s website. “The fact that she has experience with facility projects will be important as we transition to new leadership.”
Wilson will alternate between both districts during the transition period. Her last day in Wellington will be Aug. 22.
A search committee to find Wilson’s replacement has been created. In the meantime, Wilson offered her services to the Wellington district on nights and weekends.
“The nice thing is she’s a text or phone call away,” Nolan said.
Caitlyn Wasmundt may be reached at 440-647-3171 or on Twitter @LC_CaitW.