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New school treasurer steps down

WELLSVILLE — A longtime county schools treasurer and former Wellsville Board of Education president will now handle the treasurer’s office after its newly-hired treasurer unexpectedly stepped down.

Following an executive session during Wednesday’s school board meeting, the Wellsville school board approved the hiring of Bob Barrett as treasurer and Nancy Francis as assistant treasurer, both of whom will serve their respective roles for the next two years.

The move came after the board accepted the resignation of Jamie Vernaccini, who cited personal reasons for her resignation which went into effect Wednesday.

Vernaccini was hired on June 11 to a three-year contract and started her duties with the district on June 18. She was to take over for outgoing treasurer Eva Elliott, who accepted a position in the southern portion of the state and will conclude her duties in Wellsville at the end of this week.

According to Superintendent Richard Bereschik, Barrett has over 30 years of experience as a treasurer in school districts throughout the county including the Beaver Local School District and Salem City Schools.

Francis, meanwhile, will be returning to the school district following a three-year stint as a member of the school board.

She was appointed in 2015 following the resignation of Chris Amato, who was appointed as Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge that year. and was re-elected in the November 2015 and 2017 general elections. She was selected as school board president this past January and remained in that capacity until she resigned May 29, citing personal reasons.

Austin Dalrymple–who graduated last month from Wellsville High School–has since filled the vacancy, while Gary Althiser now serves as board president. Both of those matters approved during a special meeting last week.

Outside of the district, Francis serves as the tax administrator for the village of Lisbon, and previously served as an accountant at East Liverpool City Hospital for 29 years. She also served as a substitute teacher in several area school districts.

Prior to her hiring on June 11, Vernaccini had served in the state auditor’s office for the past 17 years, including three years as lead auditor for the Wellsville school district.

Elliott, meanwhile, has served as the district’s treasurer for the past three years, to which she received numerous clean audits during her time with the district.

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