Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s
40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481
Bella T. Wong Bulletin #17
Superintendent of Schools January 14, 2011
The Superintendent’s Bulletin is posted weekly on Fridays on our website. It provides timely, relevant
information about meetings, professional development opportunities, curriculum and program development,
grant awards, and School Committee news. The bulletin is also the official vehicle for job postings. Please
read the bulletin regularly and use it to inform colleagues of meetings and other school news.
About 90 Wellesley staff attended yesterday's meeting to hear my presentation on proposed
reductions to close three different potential budget gap numbers of: $772,346, $1,205,493, and
$1,952,698. I very much appreciated the broad staff attendance, representing the diverse programs
and grade levels of our school district despite limited parking, poor weather and it being the end of a
delayed opening, following a no school day. Ninety-two percent of our operating budgets, excluding
STTI, are made up of personnel costs. Any reduction list that reduces program will affect individual
personnel. I will summarize the highlights of my remarks from yesterday in this writing, but want to
express my appreciation for being able to share my thoughts more personally with the many staff
members who attended the presentation yesterday at what was a difficult meeting.
Since the December budget presentation, members of School Administration across the levels have
been working hard on this process and have provided me with thoughtful input regarding
prioritization and impact of reductions on programs. I have considered and incorporated their
feedback and input, but not always in the way or order presented to me. I may have rejected some
proposals or prioritization for operational reasons or from a pre-K-12 perspective. There is always a
consideration to distribute reductions across grade levels and departments to spread out impact if
Ultimately, all decisions are made based on impact on teaching and learning, and what will be best
for students. Major drivers of the budget continue to be supportive of a highly qualified and trained
staff, maintaining appropriate class size, and breadth and depth of program. While I carefully
consider all of the very thoughtful input received, ultimately, I alone am the one who makes and
takes responsibility for the final decision of what is on these lists.
These are clearly difficult decisions to make and unfortunately, need to be made at some level,
given the context of our economic challenges. Despite the financial crash in the fall of 2008, we
have been able to avoid significant reductions in current staff in each of the last three budgets.
However, with the continued downturn in the local economy, the possibility of some reductions in
staff is likely and some of our valued colleagues will lose their jobs with us at the end of this school
year along with reduction of program. I, therefore, approach the creation of these lists of potential
reductions with a great deal of seriousness, thought and heavy heart. At the same time, I have
absolute continued confidence in the School Committee and the community's strong support for its
schools and hope that any possible reductions will be significantly less than what is being currently
Next steps include my presentation of potential reductions to the School Committee on January 18.
This presentation should be posted on the website the next day. The School Committee then plans
to vote the FY12 Budgets on January 24, followed by a presentation to the Advisory Committee on
January 26. The Advisory Committee public hearing on the budgets is scheduled for February 9.
Monday 01/17 Martin Luther King Day – No School
Tuesday 01/18 School Committee Meeting – 7:30 pm Great Hall @
Wednesday 01/19 Teachers for Safe Schools Mtg – 3:30 pm WMS Rm 245
Thursday 01/20 Affordable Housing Units Info Session – 7:30 pm Town Hall
Monday 01/24 School Committee Meeting – 9 am Town Hall
Monday 01/31 Deadline to Submit HRA (Healthcare Reimbursement
Account) Receipts for 2009
Teachers for Safe Schools
Teachers for Safe Schools will meet at the Middle School in Room 245, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on the
following Wednesdays: January 19, February 16, March 16, April 27, and May 18, 2011. The
mission of Teachers for Safe Schools is to consciously create, support and encourage a safe
professional and emotional school climate that allows for staff of all sexual orientations to be
acknowledged and respected.
Graduate Course Reimbursement
Course reimbursement funding of $22,500 is available to distribute in FY12 among
qualified teachers for graduate course work which is done as part of a master’s degree
program to fulfill a teacher’s obligations for the Massachusetts Educators Professional
License and for course work required to achieve the next stage of licensure culminating in
a professional license. To apply for this course reimbrusement, please send, by June 1,
2011, your name, evidence of your enrollment in an applicable master/doctoral degree program,
name and description of the course, evidence of course cost, proof of payment, and transcript to
Valerie Spruill, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent,
Valerie_Spruill@wellesley.k12.ma.us. You will be notified of the amount awarded to you by July 1,
Apply Now to Enroll Children of Non-Resident WTA Members in
Wellesley Schools. Children of teachers or nurses residing outside Wellesley shall be
entitled to attend Wellesley Public Schools without charge for tuition on a space available basis.
(Article 12, WTA Unit A Contract). If you are interested in this benefit in the 2011-12 school year,
please contact Valerie_Spruill@wellesley.k12.ma.us, include your child/ren’s name, birth date, and
current grade level.
Three affordable housing units are being offered by the Wellesley Housing
Development Corporation on a lottery basis for eligible applicants. Two are
condominium units and one is a single-family house; all in Wellesley; all three-bedroom.
WELLESLEY EMPLOYEES who meet other eligibility requirements will be given
PREFERENCE for one of the condominiums and the single-family house. The
Wellesley preference also applies to a current resident and to a parent or guardian of a child in the
Wellesley schools. This is primarily for FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS. Applications are available at
the Town Clerk's Office or the Planning Board, or from the lottery agent (Sudbury Housing Trust) at
There will be an information session on THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm in the GREAT
HALL. See attached flier for additional information.
2010‐2011 Professional Development Opportunities
Professional Development opportunities for 2010- 2011 are posted at
http://wps-professionaldev.wikispaces.com. Course descriptions and
registration instructions are included. This link can also be found on the
WPS website under 2010-2011 Professional Development Offerings.
News from the Collaborative for Educational Services:
Discussion and Information Session rescheduled to Wednesday,
January 26, 2011, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Cary Memorial Library (Learning Center),
1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. MA.
CPI Refresher Training
Prerequisite: Full CPI Training during the 2009-2010 School Year. The cornerstone of CPI
since 1980, this program is considered the worldwide standard for crisis prevention and
intervention training. With a core philosophy of providing for the care, welfare, safety, and security
of everyone involved in a crisis situation, the program’s proven strategies give human service
providers and educators the skills to safely and effectively respond to anxious, hostile, or violent
behavior while balancing the responsibilities of care.
Spring Offering: March 15, 2011 Time: 3:00–6:00 pm Instructor: Adam Diliberto
PDPs: 3 Information regarding location will be posted on Wiki.
To register, go to http://wps-professionaldev.wikispaces.com/ to the online registration form. This is
listed as a new course under “School Safety.”
BABY NEWS !! . . . . . CONGRATULATIONS to Jessica Mead on the
birth of her son, Duke Kenward Mead, on January 4, 2011.
WINGS Summer Openings 2011
Registrar- March 1- July 5: Responsibilities Enrichment courses are offered in both the AM
include entering all registrations in the and PM and teachers must commit to at least
FileMaker Pro database, honoring parent two of the four weeks.
requests while creating equitable classes,
answering parent questions via the WINGS Academic courses will include concentrated
email address, creating class lists and the courses in reading (basic literacy for either
other documents necessary to begin Week 1 grade 1 or grade 2; comprehension/fluency for
classes. $3500 stipend grades 2/3 or grades 4/5) math
(skills/strategies for grades 1/2, 2/3 or 4/5), and
Data Manager 7/5/11-7/29/11: Maintain written language (grades 3-5).
accurate registration information on a daily
basis; create weekly class lists and daily Academic teachers will teach two sections a
student nametags. Must be present at WINGS morning of the same grade level and content.
from 8:15-9:00 each day with additional work Teaching experience and license required and
and copying to be completed off site. $18/hr familiarity with WPS learning goals is a plus.
for 7 hrs. /wk Applicants for positions within the academic
strand must state their preferred grade level
Elementary Summer Lead Teacher and whether they are interested in teaching
Openings 7/5/11-7/29/11: The WINGS’11 literacy, math, or written language. Academic
Academic and Enrichment Summer Program is courses are not dependent on enrollment.
seeking Lead teachers ($39.49 hr based on ’10
rare) for both the morning (8:30-11:30) and Enrichment teachers will teach two sections a
afternoon (12:00-3:00) sessions. Academic morning or an afternoon. You will define
courses are offered in the AM only and courses as the applicant so feel free to share
teachers must commit to all four weeks. your passions, special interests, and talents
with students! Applicants must write an two different courses for the four- week period.
enticing description of their proposed course Applicants wishing to work both the AM and
listing the grade levels (K-2, 3-5). The the PM sessions must submit proposals for at
enrichment courses will not be run without least four different courses for the four-week
sufficient enrollment so make your course period. Courses must be written to target
description enticing. Enrichment teachers students in grades K-2 or 3-5.
wishing to work a half-day must teach at least
2/4/11 is the deadline for Registrar, Data Manager and Lead Teacher applications. Preference
will be given to returning WINGS staff, and to current WPS employees. Send you letter of interest
explaining why your are qualified and your enrichment course descriptions to Dr. Gretchen Bravacos,
WINGS Director, 63 Hastings St. Wellesley, MA 02481, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DO NOT USE Dr. Bravacos’ WPS email address to respond to this ad.
Spring Season 2011
Head Coach - Boys Outdoor Track
Assistant Coach - Varsity Boys and Girls Tennis
Junior Varsity – Baseball Coach
Fall Season 2011
Head Coach – Varsity Boys Soccer
Head Coach – Varsity Field Hockey
Contact Athletic Director
Immediate Opening: WPS Assistant Business Administrator
Under the supervision of the School Business Administrator, the Assistant Business Administrator is responsible
for assisting in the development and administration of the budget, providing support on building and capital
projects, preparing monthly financial reports, maintaining accurate and audit-able financial records for all grants,
managing procurement of district supplies, materials and services, and providing general support to the Business
Administrator in all operational areas.
Bachelor's Degree, in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or other finance-related field from an
accredited educational institution.
Financial and budgeting skills and experience.
Understanding of financial and business operations within a school district including, but not limited to,
School Finances, Purchasing, Payroll, Accounting, Food Service, Grant Management, Facilities, and
Excellent communication skills
Demonstrated ability to structure large amounts of information in a written document that is clear and easy
Extensive knowledge of spreadsheets, database and accounting software applications.
Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
MUNIS software and school finance experience preferred.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Submit cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent,
Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 by Friday, January 21, 2011.
Wellesley Public Schools seeks an elementary principal to lead a 406 student K-5 school in a
community that strongly supports its public schools. Our core values are academic excellence,
cooperative and caring relationships, respect for human differences and commitment to community.
Candidates must have a Master’s Degree and be certifiable as an elementary school principal. Previous
administrative experience at the building or district level is preferred. The work year is 214 days,
effective July 1, 2011. Current salary range for FY 2011 is $111,927 - $128,408.
Please send a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts, and licensure by January 28,
2011 to: Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,
Wellesley, MA 02481
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Facilities and Grounds Maintenance
Under the supervision of the Director, the administrative assistant performs various accounting,
administrative, secretarial and record keeping tasks to ensure the smooth, efficient operation of the
office. The incumbent evaluates and analyzes current and anticipated expenses in relation to the
departmental budget and ensures that all financial liabilities and payroll requirements are accurately
processed. The incumbent projects year –end expenses in order to close the fiscal year without over
expending the appropriation. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for hiring, supervising, scheduling
and evaluating summer custodial staff and monitoring the schedules for the maintenance staff.
Reporting the to the Director of Facilities and Grounds Maintenance, the Administrative Assistant
oversees the day-to-day operation of the office. The work involves managing the time commitments of
the Director, and processing documents containing time sensitive, financial and/or procurement-related
information. The incumbent will interact with school and town administrators and staff, federal and state
officials, vendors and contractors, and the general public, requiring superior interpersonal and
Duties include: Managing day-to-day operations of Director’s office. Maintaining the department’s budget
by assisting in preparation of the budget. Monitor the budget tracking expenditures, evaluate and
analyze current expenses, provide budgetary reports and project year-end expenses. Assist in
determining timely response to any and all emergency situations and dispatching personnel. Interview,
hire, supervise and evaluate all summer custodial staff. Maintain department files and personnel
records. Produce a variety of correspondence.
Minimum Qualifications: Strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Excellent telephone,
computer and interpersonal skills required. Associate degree or equivalent experience required.
Work Year: 12 month position Salary Range: $40,013 - $59,858
Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should send a cover letter, resume, and three
letters of reference to: Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA
02481 by January 28, 2011.
LONG TERM SUBSTITUTES NEEDED:
Long-Term Substitute Grade 8 History Teacher needed starting March 4, 2011 until end of school
year. Curriculum includes the Civil War and Reconstruction and experience with the “Facing
History and Ourselves” curriculum is beneficial.
Long Term Substitute Preschool Special Educator needed to teach a substantially separate
preschool class beginning May 2, 2011 until the end of the school year and a six-week summer
program, experience working with children with moderate to significant special needs using the
principals of ABA required. Master’s degree and licenses in both early childhood and special education
required. BCBA preferred. (Salary from May 2 to June 2011 $170.10/day). (Salary for the six-week
summer program to be determined).
Long Term Substitute Preschool Special Educator needed mid-March to early June 2011 to teach
two integrated preschool classes and to function as a member of an assessment team. Must have
experience assessing and teaching young children with special needs, Master’s degree and licenses in
both early childhood and special education required.
Long-Term Substitute Special Educator needed to teach in moderate special needs classroom
beginning February 28 2011 until May 27, 2011. Certification required Grades K-3, in an elementary
Salary for Long Term Substitute Teachers is $170.10/day. Send letter of interest, resume, college transcripts,
copy of license, and three letters of reference to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public
Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or via email to Personnel@wellesley.k12.ma.us.
Special Needs Van Monitor needed for approximately 20-22 hours per week. This is a split shift a.m.-p.m. Must
have current CPR and First Aid certification. Salary range $12.17-$13.80 per hr. Must be able to start A.S.A.P.
Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should send letter of interest and resume to Salvatore
Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or e-mail
Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce