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Superintendent's Bulletin 10 09 09

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools 40 Kingsbury Street Superintendent’s Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #6 Superintendent of Schools October 9, 2009 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. Dear Colleagues, As you may be aware, the Advisory Committee has issued a 1% FY11 budget guideline for all town departments, including the schools. Advisory is also recommending an increase of $750,000 to compensate for anticipated reductions in circuit breaker reimbursement for certain expenses related to student special education services. The School Committee, in turn, has requested that I present to them a budget that maintains level service and accommodates enrollment changes, a recommended list of improvements to program, and a budget that satisfies the Advisory Committee guideline. On Monday afternoon, all school administrators came together and received direction on how to build their budget requests for FY11. They were asked to create level service budgets, offer suggestions for improvements, and offer suggestions for cost savings. Ultimately, these individual budgets will be incorporated into the superintendent's budget or budgets that will meet the School Committee's direction. I will present these budgets to you on December 7 and then to School Committee on December 8. Over the last ten years, the final operating budget has never had an increase lower than 3%. We will work hard to create a level service budget that will require as low a percent increase as possible. However, for this to be equal to a 1% plus $750,000 increase over current budget will be very, very challenging. There is a lot of work to be done between now and December. As always, I will keep you apprised. Calendar Friday 10/09 Deadline: Fall Grant Applications to WEF Monday 10/12 Columbus Day -- No School Saturday 10/17 Pumpkin Fair, Bates School Tuesday 10/20 School Committee Meeting, Town Hall, 7:30 pm
  2. 2. School Committee Report October 6, 2009 Personnel Announcements Leave of Absence: Rebecca Blouwolff, Middle School French Teacher, 1.0FTE leave March 24 - June 30, 2010 Recognitions Wellesley High School Two O’Clock Jazz Band, first place finishers last year in the Berklee Jazz Festival were awarded a clinic with Greg Hopkins, who visited Wellesley High School recently to work with middle school and high school jazz musicians. Carolyn Markuson, Interim Director of Libraries, was recently recognized as the first ever recipient of Massachusetts School Librarians Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Discussion/Action School Committee discussed with representatives of the Wellesley Board of Health the developing plans to offer H1N1 flu vaccination clinics for students in the middle school and high school. Lynn Moore-Benson, Director of Technologies, presented updated information to the committee regarding the extent to which technology devices -- document cameras, SMARTboards, mounted projectors, netbooks, AlphaSmart/Neo’s -- are being used in classrooms throughout the district to support teaching and learning. School Committee approved a Statement of Interest for submission to the Massachusetts School Building Authority covering both the renovations concluded 2005-07 to the middle school and anticipated renovations for the middle school to accommodate increasing enrollment. Professional Development 2009-10 Our full catalog of Wellesley Inservice courses for Fall, Winter and Spring is posted as a downloadable pdf on the Wellesley Public Schools website. Catalogs of 2009 professional development opportunities through TEC have been delivered to each school. Information about the fall offerings is also posted at Professional Development opportunities through EDCO are posted on the Wellesley Public Schools website: New Payroll Option Effective with the October 5, 2009 pay check the Town of Wellesley will be able to provide your weekly direct deposit pay stub to you via e-mail instead of by paper. By making this choice employees can help the town save money and reduce the amount of paper that finds its way into the trash. If you choose this option, you will receive your pay stub via e-mail on Friday when payroll is run instead of waiting to the following Tuesday for the manual distribution. The e-mail will be password protected for confidentiality purposes. The pay date and actual funds distribution date will not change and will remain on Tuesday. This program is voluntary so you can continue to receive the paper copy if you prefer. If you did not receive the form in the mail and would like to select this new option, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. (781.431.1019, Ext. 2266) ...2...
  3. 3. Are You Working Toward a Higher Salary Lane? All teachers who expect to receive a Master’s degree, M+30, or M+60/Doctorate during the 12 month period July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011, must send formal notification of intent to change salary lanes to Mary Wolf c/o the Superintendent’s Office no later than November 1, 2009. This early notification deadline is required so that provisions for anticipated salary lane changes may be made within the new fiscal year budget. nb The list does not carry forward. Teachers must provide written notice each year until they have received their new degree. Congratulations to Kirk Fredericks, Fitness & Health teacher at Wellesley Middle School, upon the birth of Reece Alison, September 30, 2009. 403B Enrollment Employees are eligible to participate in the Wellesley Public Schools voluntary 403b plan with Lincoln Financial Group. All employees are eligible to participate and the deadline to enroll for the 2009-10 school See last page for year is December 1, 2009. Enrollment meetings and opportunities for an individual consultation with a Lincoln Financial group advisor will be Schedule of 403B available at each school location during the months of September and Information Sessions October. Employees should see their school Principal if interested in and signing up for an individual appointment with a financial consultant. The Fall 2009 schedule of meetings at each location is also posted below. Individual Appointment Enrollment can be done online at or by Opportunities contacting the 24 hour Lincoln Financial Group hot line 800-234-3500. Employees will need their pin number in order to enroll, which is mailed directly to employees' addresses from Lincoln Financial Group. Employees can contact Assistant Business Manager Liam Hurley (781- 446-6210 ext. 4515) if they would like to request a hard copy of the enrollment kit. ...3...
  4. 4. Positions Available Elementary Teaching Assistant Immediate opening for a teaching assistant to join a team of educators supporting students with severe disabilities in inclusive settings at the elementary level. Must have experience working with nonverbal students and toileting programs. Salary $17.53 - $21.31/hr. plus benefits. Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. ABA Trained Paraprofessional Provide up to five hours of after school home training for elementary level students. Salary $22.53 - $27.39/hr. Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 Long-Term Substitute Opportunities Teaching Positions ($166.76/day) • Elementary Special Educator Position available immediately through end of January, 2010. • Middle School ELL (.6FTE) long-term substitute to work with students in a pullout model and with students in their English and Social Studies classes from end of October, 2009 to end of January, 2010. ELL certification required. • High School Mathematics Long-term substitute needed to teach Algebra 2 at the ACP level, Algebra 2 and Personal Finance 1 at the CP level and Introduction to Statistics and Personal Finance 2 at the CP level. starting mid-February 2010. Applicants must have a math background. • High School Geometry Long-term substitute needed to teach Geometry at the honors and advanced college preparation levels and Analysis at the advanced college preparation level starting the end of December 2009. • Kindergarten Long-Term Substitute Available November 2009-June 2010. Salary per teachers' contract. Experience with primary aged students and knowledge of early literacy and math curriculums required. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, transcripts and licensure to Personnel, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. ...4...
  5. 5. 403B Enrollment Meeting Schedule Fall 2009 School Based Schedule -- Individual Meetings Monday, September 14 7:30 AM -4:00 PM Middle School Individual Appointments Tuesday, September 22 Tuesday, September 22 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Fiske School Preschool Individual Appointments Individual Appointments Wednesday, September 23 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Hunnewell School Individual Appointments Tuesday, September 29 Tuesday, September 29 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Upham School Hardy School Individual Appointments Individual Appointments Tuesday, October 6 Tuesday, October 6 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 12:15 PM - 1:00 pm and Sprague School 3:05 PM - 5:30 PM Individual Appointments Schofield School Individual Appointments Thursday, October 8 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Wellesley High School Individual Appointments Tuesday, October 13 Tuesday, October 13 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM Bates School Middle School Individual Appointments (OPEN TO ALL WHO COULD NOT ATTEND INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL APPOINTMENTS) Individual Appointments The above schedule is based on feedback provided by school principals. Every effort was made to accommodate each school's request and schedule. If needed, additional days for individual appointments may be scheduled in October. Sign-Up sheets will be made available at each school. The deadline to enroll during this school year is December 1, 2009. All staff members are eligible to participate and enroll in the 403b plan. ...5...