Wellington High School
629 North Main St.
Principal: Richard Reighly
Assistant principal: Sean Arno
Athletics director: Denny Ziegler
Grades: Ninth through 12th
Two new administrators will lead Wellington High School this fall.
Richard Reighly will serve as the school’s interim principal as Chris Wert is out on medical leave.
Dukes varsity football coach Sean Arno will also step in as assistant principal as Todd Hodkey fills that role in Medina.
Wert has been on leave since last spring.
Reighly said he’s excited to work in the community where he lives.
For the past eight years Reighly was the Firelands High School principal. He retired this past June.
Due to contract stipulations, Reighly won’t be able to fill the role until after school is in session on Sept. 2.
That means his meetings with students at each grade level will happen a few weeks later than Reighly typically likes.
In those meetings Reighly and Arno will tell students their expectations for the year and encourage them to focus on the opportunities in front of them.
“They need to know how to be learners, know how to think,” Reighly said.
Because he’s only serving on a short-term basis, Reighly told the Enterprise he’s not looking to make a lot of changes.
Instead he wants to help continue to implement the changes and procedures that were introduced last year.
Under Reighly’s leadership, Firelands High incorporated the block schedule that WHS moved to last year. Reighly said he’s seen firsthand what works and what doesn’t.
He said the worst mistake he could make would be forcing staff to repeat steps they’ve already taken or trainings they’ve already had.
Reighly lives in Wellington and has known Wert and other teachers for years. His wife taught in the district for 35 years.
Reighly said he’s a fan of the Wellington Schools. Both his children graduated from the district before moving on to college.
The interim principal said he prefers working in rural districts such as Wellington and Firelands because they have a sense of community that isn’t seen in other areas such as Lorain, where Reighly worked for 11 years.
Reighly said he isn’t nervous about joining a school where both administrator roles are being filled by new hires. He said Hodkey worked hard to prepare the building for the switch.
Reighly said he’s heard great things about his assistant principal and the changes he’s already incorporated in the football program.
The school board approved Reighly’s contract last month. He will be paid $350 per day until Wert returns.
His services may be needed the entire year. Superintendent John Nolan would not give details into Wert’s leave, claiming privacy laws.
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