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  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s 40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #14 Superintendent of Schools December 10, 2010 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, I am pleased to share that on Monday evening, Town Meeting members approved appropriation of $1.75 million in funds for the Middle School classroom renovation. This project will now head to formal design so it can go out to bid in time for a contract to be awarded and demolition to begin at the end of the school year. The project will affect three sections of the building: lecture halls, practice rooms, an office suite and a health and fitness classroom. It will yield 6 additional classroom spaces, including a science lab. Based on current enrollment projections, these additional classrooms and increased sharing of space will support our anticipated classroom needs through the next six years. Most importantly, it will help us maintain our class size guidelines of 22 through the anticipated enrollment growth. Many thanks to members of the School Committee and Middle School Building Committee who have worked together over the past two years on getting this project to this successful end. The members of the School Building Committee include other school and town staff, as well as citizens on the Board of Selectmen, Permanent Building Committee and at- large citizens with construction-related expertise. Through this long process we relied heavily on the analytic skills of Ruth Quinn Berdell and an outside consultant. Particular thanks to KC Kato and Terri Tsagaris, respective chairs of the School and Building Committees, for their leadership and perseverance. Finally, thank you to the Town Meeting members who came out on a cold night on the evening of a Patriots game to give the project their strong support. I also presented the recommended FY12 Operating and Special Transportation, Tuition and Inclusion budgets to staff on Monday afternoon and then to School Committee Tuesday night. I appreciated the increase in number of staff who attended the staff presentation – thank you. It was an especially important presentation because I structured this year’s budget differently than in the past. The projected increases in Special Tuition, Transportation and Inclusion budget for next year alone exceed the Advisory Budget Guideline of 2.5 percent by more than $500,000. These increases do not reflect the success we have had in retaining more students in district this year, which resulted in a reduction of more than $1 million in expenses. The increases are due to loss in circuit breaker reimbursement funds, increases in existing tuition cost and a significant increase in tuition costs due to families new to the district, all of which we have no control. Given this difficult scenario, I am requesting the budget be bifurcated so that we apply the 2.5 percent guideline to the Operating Budget, excluding Special Tuition, Transportation and Inclusion, and that the Special Tuition, Transportation and Inclusion budget be accepted as it stands. The budget presentation is posted on our website. You will see that my recommendation for the operating budget is at 4.44 percent and that I have asked for some improvements: that we begin classical and modern languages in grade six instead of grade seven, and add a new full-time intervention specialist for the elementary schools to support the next steps in the implementation of RTI. Clearly, the budget, always a challenge, remains a work in process. I invite you to stay apprised and will update you as it proceeds.
  2. 2. Calendar Wednesday 12/15 Teachers for Safe Schools Mtg. – 3:30 pm Sprague Tuesday 12/21 School Committee Meeting – 7:30 pm Town Hall Friday 12/24 Year-end Vacation Begins – No School Monday 01/03 School Reopens Tuesday 01/04 School Committee Meeting – 7:30 pm Town Hall   Teachers for Safe Schools Meeting All WPS staff is invited to a meeting of the Teachers for Safe Schools group.  We will meet at 3:30 on Wednesday December 15th at the Sprague School.  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.  Questions? Please contact Ilene Sharpe at WMS x2450.   FLU VACCINES STILL AVAILABLE!  The Health Department has ample flu vaccines, and welcomes any School staff member interested in obtaining a vaccine. Please call the Health Department to schedule an appointment: 781-235-0135.   2010‐2011 Professional Development Opportunities    Professional Development opportunities for 2010- 2011 are posted at Course descriptions and registration instructions are included. This link can also be found on the WPS website under 2010-2011 Professional Development Offerings.    2
  3. 3. Still Room in Upcoming Course . . . . School Safety: Bias, Bullying and GLBT Issues (K-12) Intended Audience: K-12 Educators and Administrators There are still openings for this course. Click on There is a link tothe online registration form on the left side of the page.Students are more likely to learn in schools that are safe and supportive. However, studies consistently showthat name-calling, bias, bullying, and harassment at school are on the rise. Safety is certainly an issue forstudents who are seen as different because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This course isdesigned for people who are not gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, but who are interested in addressingbias around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity of young people.Dates: January 4, 11, 18, 25 and February 1 and 8, 2011 (Snow date: February 23)Time: 3:30 - 6:00Instructor: Pedro CarrasquilloLocation: TBDPDPs: 15; Inservice Credit: 1Participant Materials Fee: $25 due at first class meeting; payable to instructorFramingham State University Graduate Credit: 1 (Cost per credit: $65) 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 corephilosophy of providing for the care, welfare, safety, and security of everyone involved in a crisis situation, theprogram’s proven strategies give human service providers and educators the skills to safely and effectivelyrespond to anxious, hostile, or violent behavior while balancing the responsibilities of care.Dates:Spring Offering: March 15, 2011Time: 3:00–6:00 pmInstructor: Adam DilibertoPDPs: 3Information regarding location will be posted on Wiki.To register, go to to the online registration form. This is listed as anew course under “School Safety.” CONGRATS! to Kelly Corda and her husband, Matt, on the birth of their first child, Emeline, who was born on December 8, 2010. 3
  4. 4. Coaching Positions  Spring Season 2011 HS Assistant Coach – Girls’ Softball Contact Athletic Director   POSITIONS AVAILABLE  2010‐2011 OPENINGS Long -Term Substitute Physical Therapist needed from January to June 2011 to work with preschool agedchildren in a school setting 10 hours per week. Pediatric experience and appropriate license mandatory.Salary $170.10/day. Send letter of interest, resume, college transcripts, copy of license, and three letters ofreference to Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street,Wellesley, MA 02481 or via email to Term Substitute (.5FTE) Kindergarten Teacher needed to start in mid-January 2011 until end of schoolyear. Salary $170.10/day. Please send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference, licensure andtranscripts to Salvatore Petralia, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or Substitute Kindergarten Teacher needed to start in late March until end of school year. Salary$170.10/day. Please send cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, licensure and transcripts toSalvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA02481 or e-mail Long-Term Substitute Kindergarten Teacher needed to start February 7, 2011 until end of school year.Salary $170.10/day. Please send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference, licensure and transcriptsto Salvatore Petralia, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or Substitute Grade 1 Teacher needed to start February 28, 2011 until end of school year. Salary$170.10/day. Please send cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference, licensure and transcripts toSalvatore Petralia, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or 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 startA.S.A.P. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should send letter of interest and resume toSalvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA02481 or e-mail Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce 4
  5. 5. Due to a change in federal law, beginning in 2011 over-the counter medications will no longer be eligible for reimbursement, but ^ A GREAT WAY TO SAVE MONEY!!! Flexible Spending Account OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2011You can lower your federal income tax by using a Flexible SpendingAccount to set aside money from each paycheck on a pre-tax basis fordependent/day care expenses and/or out-of-pocket medical expenses,including health and dental insurance co-pays; prescription eyeglasses;hearing aids and batteries and more! (but NOT over-the-countermedications).For more information and help in determining how much to put in youraccount for 2011 (use it or lose it!), and to get enrollment forms, callCafeteria Plan Advisors (CPA) at 1-781-848-9848. DEADLINE FOR ENROLLMENT FORMS TO BE RETURNED TO CPA IS DECEMBER 14, 2010. 5