The Westerville City School District will not replace retiring Assistant Superintendent and chief of administrative services Chris Wanner, who oversees labor relations and human resources for the district.

The Westerville City School District will not replace retiring Assistant Superintendent and chief of administrative services Chris Wanner, who oversees labor relations and human resources for the district.

Rather, the district is restructuring administrative operations its central office, district spokesman Greg Viebranz said.

"We will not be filling this vacancy, but instead will use it as an opportunity to streamline operations and our organizational structure even more," Viebranz said.

Previously, the district's administration was broken into three departments: administrative services, community relations and academic affairs.

With Wanner's retirement, the district has merged the departments of community relations and administrative services under the administrative services title.

Former chief of community relations Mark Hershiser has been named chief of administrative services and will oversee that combined department, Viebranz said.

Chief of academic affairs Diane Conley and her department will oversee all things academic, while Hershiser and his department will oversee all things operational, he said.

"This restructuring also means that some existing offices and people have moved and/or assumed new roles and responsibilities," Viebranz said.

As an example, he said, summer school and the Educational Options for Success program, which used to be under the Department of Community Relations, now fall under academic affairs, while the Office of Information Management Systems, which used to be under academic affairs, has moved to the Office of Communications in the Administrative Services Department.

"These are just a few examples of the streamlining that has occurred," he said.

The district already is operating under the new structure, Viebranz said, and the Web site and directories soon will be updated to reflect the changes.

Another area affected by Wanner's departure will be the district's labor negotiations.

Wanner long has been the administration's chief negotiator, and Viebranz said the district will continue to use him for future negotiations on a contract basis through the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

Five of the district's contracts are up for negotiations this year: The Westerville Education Association contract expires Aug. 31 and the Westerville Educational Support Staff Association contract, the Administrative Approved Staff contract, the contract for maintenance, custodial and warehouse employees and the contract for bus drivers and mechanics all expire June 30.