Wellesley Public Schools
40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481
Bella T. Wong Bulletin #16
Superintendent of Schools January 8, 2010
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Dear Colleagues, Following the presentation in early in light of decreased elementary enrollment.
December of my recommendations for a level service On January 6 the School Committee voted these
budget, advancements for improvement, and the gap changes:
between level service and the Advisory guideline for •reduce high school buses from 6 to 4
FY11, members of the School Committee •cap K-12 bus fees at $500
accompanied by liaisons of the Advisory Committee •withdraw from one educational collaborative
then embarked on their review of all parts of the •reduce $6000 from professional development
budget. Principals and Central Office staff participated •reduce preschool and WINGS van transportation
in these late December meetings and answered many •add .2 FTE for High School Advanced Strings
questions generated by the review. Last Tuesday, •add expenses to offer High School courses in AP
January 5, I presented more specific impact Economics and Engineering
statements regarding the reductions that might be •add .2 FTE for Grade 7 Mandarin
necessary in order to achieve a budget to meet the •add concussion testing for Middle School student
Advisory Guideline. On both Tuesday and Wednesday athletes
night many parents, representing school age children •increase Middle School athletic student fees from
across all grade levels, came to address School $100 to 125
Committee in support of the level service budget. The
remarks were eloquent and clearly heartfelt. The resulting budget is an increase of 5.08% over the
Following additional public discussion and budget
review presentations, the School Committee voted The Advisory Guideline allowed for a 1% increase on
Wednesday night to approve a level service budget, that portion of the school budget that does not
though modified slightly from the original address special education tuition and transportation.
recommendation. The adjustments made by the The gap is $976,674. The Advisory Guideline allowed
committee included some reductions, some for an increase of $343,805 in the special education
advancements, and some modifications to service. The tuition and transportation portion of the budget. With
Committee's actions did reduce, but did not eliminate, stimulus funds, there is still a gap of $618,625.
the difference between my recommended level service Following the formal action by the School Committee
and Advisory's guideline recommendation. While the this week, the budget has transitioned to the School
Committee did approve some reductions on Committee's recommended FY11 budget. Annual
Wednesday night, I do very much appreciate the effort Town Meeting will convene on April 5. That is when
the School Committee invested in its review and am the outcome of FY11 budgets will be finally
very pleased by its strong, unanimous formal support determined. Wednesday night's action by School
of the budget as it was finally approved. Committee was an important first hurdle, but the
My original recommended level service budget budget will now go through various presentations
represented a 5.35% increase over FY10, plus before Advisory and other public hearings. School
advancements. The gap between level service and Committee has taken the first step, but approval of
Advisory's guideline was $1,087,347. On January 5, I this budget requires town-wide support. The effort to
presented a revised recommended level service educate the community and garner support has only
budget which called for an increase of 5.32%. This just begun.
was possible because we were able to identify some
savings through reallocation of elementary specialists
Monday 01/11 WTA Rep Council, 3:30 pm at Hunnewell
Wednesday 01/13 Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Clinic, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at Wellesley
Hills Congregational Church
Monday 01/18 Martin Luther King Day -- No School
Tuesday 01/26 School Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm, Town Hall
Sunday 01/31 Deadline to submit HRA (Healthcare Reimbursement Account)
receipts for 2009
Slots still available in these upcoming Wellesley Public Schools professional development courses (See our website
• ELL Category 1 Training with Laura English - Saturdays, March 6 and March 20, 2010 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
• iMovie with Brian Allieri - March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and April 6, 2010 - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
• Microsoft Office Part B: PowerPoint with Jackie Hoglund - February 25; March 4, 11, 18, & 25; and April 1,
2010 - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Teaching with Technology Series Courses - All run from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Mac Lab 300
• FirstClass Publishing with Ranjani Sriram - February 24, 2010
• Flip Video with Rosey McQuillan - March 17, 2010
• Create a Wiki with Sondra Hamilton - March 24, 2010
• iPhoto with Jackie Hoglund - March 31, 2010
• Podcasting and iPods with Jackie Hoglund - April 28, 2010
Other Professional Development Opportunities
New course postings for winter/spring from EDCO and TEC are now up on the Wellesley website.
Share your Expertise with your Colleagues
Teach a course this summer or in 2010-11
Do you have expertise in the area of Classroom Management, Differentiated
Instruction, Looking at Student Work, or a specific content area? Consider
sharing your knowledge by teaching a course. Proposals are currently being
accepted. The rate of pay for one instructor is $60 per course hour or $100 per
course hour if the course is approved for graduate credit through an accredited
institution. The rate of pay is adjusted for multiple instructors.
***Follow this link to our *Proposal Form. Complete and submit it to Janice Gross in the Central Office by February
Criteria for Graduate Credit Approval (Framingham State College)
Instructors must have a minimum of a master's degree and two years of work experience in the area they will be
Potential Instructors must submit:
• A current resume
• Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
• Two current letters of recommendation
• A complete, detailed course syllabus
• . . . Criteria info continued next page
One graduate credit is awarded for a minimum of twelve hours of classroom instruction. A maximum of 3
credits will be awarded to new courses. All new courses are submitted to the university Graduate Education
Council for approval.
• Course information: course title, meeting times and dates, and instructor's name, telephone number and
• Course description: with the exception of the opening lines, descriptions should be written in complete
sentences. The description should be clear and brief.
• Course objectives: clearly state what the student is expected to gain upon completion of the course.
• Course expectations: clearly state your expectations regarding attendance, class participation, missed
exams, and assignment due dates.
• Course content/outline: schedule of the topics that will be covered, homework assignments and due
• Course text and materials: required course text(s) with full bibliographic citation(s), and other readings
required or suggested for the course.
• Course Requirements: descriptions of papers, projects, exams, assignments, and any other
requirements to successfully complete the course.
• Grading Criteria-be very specific. The grading breakdown should be shown in percentages
Congratulations to Joan Cussen,
secretary at Hardy School, upon the birth of a
grandson, James Frederick, December 29. ...
to Caroline Bell, High School Mathematics
Teacher, upon the birth of Riley Kathryn
January 2, 2010. ... and to Bevin Hale,
Elementary Teacher at Sprague, upon the birth
of Vivian January 8, 2010
Positions Available -- Immediate Openings
Elementary Special Educator Mild to HS Mathematics Long-Term Substitute
Moderate Needs ($166.76/day) to teach Algebra 2 at the ACP level,
Algebra 2 and Personal Finance 1 at the CP level and
Board Certified Behavior Analysts Introduction to Statistics and Personal Finance 2 at
(BCBA) the CP level. starting mid-February 2010. Applicants
must have a math background. Send cover letter,
Extensive training in Applied Behavorial Analysis,
resume, licensure, and three letters of reference to
data collection and management, and Functional
Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury
BehavorialAssessments mandatory. School and or
Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
home based experience working with elementary
and middleschool-aged children necessary.
Teaching Assistant Full-time teaching
Therapeutic Tutor Therapeutic tutor needed assistant needed for student included in a 2nd grade
for a middle school student eight hours per week. classroom. Early elementary curriculum experience
Salary $25.76/hr. required. Salary $17.53 - $21.31/hr. plus medical and
Teaching Assistant After school support for a
second grader two hours on Monday and Friday
afternoons. Please contact Beth Brown 781 446
6210 ext 4525
Send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference to Personnel
Wellesley Public Schools
...3... 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Positions Available 2010 - 2011
Elementary Principal Seeking a principal to Special Education Department Head
lead the Sprague Elementary (K-5) School. The for K-12 District-Wide Programs
Wellesley community strongly supports its public
Start Date Negotiable
schools. Core values are academic excellence,
cooperative and caring relationships, respect for Wellesley Public Schools seeks an educator with a
human differences, commitment to community. range of instructional and leadership experiences to
Candidates must have a Master's degree and be join our special education administration team and to
certified as an elementary school principal. Work oversee multiple K-12 district-wide programs for
year is 214 days effective July 1, 2010. Current FY students with significant special needs. MA
10 salary range is $109,829 - $126,147. administrator of Special Education, Supervisor/Director
Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of PPS All Levels, or eligibility for those licenses required.
reference, transcripts, and certification by January Competitive salary and benefits. Please send a letter of
13, 2010 to Carol Gregory, Asst. Supt., 40 Kingsbury interest, resume, three letters of reference by January
Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 29, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt., Wellesley
Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA
Director of Educational Technologies
Beginning July 1, 2010.
The Director is responsible for administering the
educational technology program as an integral part of
the instructional and administrative program,
supporting the curriculum with appropriate equipment,
materials and services. Also accountable for creating
and implementing a vision, which prepares all staff in
the Wellesley Public Schools to confidently and
effectively use educational technologies to extend
student and adult learning. Salary $105,228 -
$121,213. Please send cover letter, resume, three
letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by
January 29, 2010 to Carol A. Gregory, Asst. Supt.,
Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,
Wellesley, MA 02481.
Coaching Positions - Spring Season
Assistant Coach, High School Girls Lacrosse
Assistant Coach, High School Girls Softball
Contact Athletic Director John_Brown@wellesley.k12.ma.us
Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce
A reminder about Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and
Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) deadlines
HRA January 31, 2010 is the deadline for submitting HRA receipts for 2009.
FSA March 31, 2010 is the deadline for submitting FSA receipts for 2009.