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Superintendent's Bulletin 1-21-11


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Superintendent's Bulletin 1-21-11

  1. 1. Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent’s 40 Kingsbury Street Bulletin Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481 Bella T. Wong Bulletin #18 Superintendent of Schools January 21, 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.  Dear Colleagues, This is proving to be an exciting New England winter! As you may recall I do love lots of snow. I don’t love so much making the decision to hold school or not. I do, however, always make my best effort to make calls that will keep you and our students safe while minimizing disruptions to school schedule and plans. I try to make the call as soon as I feel sure. As you can see, it may be the day before or right about when some of you need to head into Wellesley. In any case, despite best efforts, I may not always make the right call or it may not be the best for your particular commute or circumstance. Always, always use your best judgment to keep yourself safe. Last Tuesday evening I presented two different lists of potential reductions to close two different budget gap numbers. A short version of the power point is posted on the website. A summary of potential reductions is also provided below. Preliminary reductions voted January 5 in the amount of $188,445: Elem art reduced 50 to 45 mins/week (.9 FTE) HS fitness requirement reduced 5 to 4 semesters (.8 FTE) Funding for library books Elimination of dedicated private school bus Potential reductions to the Operating Budget in the amount of $772,346 Change Elem Lib from 45 to 30 mins (1.1 FTE); increase TA from .8 to 1.0 Change HS from 2 Lib to 1 lib and 1 TA Eliminate Director of Lib (.5FTE) MS Athletic Fee, $125 to 150 MS Activity Fee, $125 to 150 HS Athletic Fee, $230 to 250 HS Activity Fee, $100 to $150 Freeze daily sub rate Decrease salary adjustment/turnover Potential reductions to the Operating Budget in the amount of $1,205,493 Include list from above Eliminate federally funded regular ed positions: Elem Math Intervention (.4) Intervention para (1.0)
  2. 2. Eliminate elem section increase (1.0) Decrease 1 elem section (1.0) Reduce elem music to 1/wk @ 45 mins (1.0 FTE) Reduce fitness to 30 mins @ current model (.4 FTE) Increase HS Athletic Fee from $250 to 270 Decrease 5 acad labs each from Eng and SS (.4 FTE) Eliminate Humanities (.4 FTE) Food Service Operational Efficiency Decrease expenses Teachers As Scholars (50%) TEC CollaborativeThe gap list of $1,205,493 assumes 0 percent of the Educations Jobs Grant will apply to the OperatingBudget and 100 percent will be applied to the STTI Budget. This is at the suggestion of the AdvisoryCommittee. I have requested that the School Committee consider a prorated allocation of the federalEducation Jobs Grant since the intention of the grant is to save jobs for the benefit of all students. The gaplist of $772,346 assumes a prorated allocation of the federal Education Jobs Grant according to the ratio ofpersonnel between the Operating Budget excluding STTI and the STTI Budget. Eighty-two percent ofpersonnel are covered in the Operating Budget; 82 percent of the Education Jobs Grant is equal to $433,147.Further consideration of a third gap list of $1,952,698 has been deferred at this time.School Committee is scheduled to meet at 9 am at Town Hall on Monday, January 24, to vote the twobudgets. School Committee has always voted a budget the first week of January, so this is a late vote for theCommittee. The School Committee is then scheduled to present its budget to the Advisory Committee onJanuary 26 at 7:30 pm. Each of these is a public meeting.Next steps include my presentation of potential reductions to the School Committee on January 18. Thispresentation should be posted on the website the next day. The School Committee then plans to vote theFY12 Budgets on January 24, followed by a presentation to the Advisory Committee on January 26. TheAdvisory Committee public hearing on the budgets is scheduled for February 9.Stay warm and safe this weekend.Calendar Monday 01/24 School Committee Meeting – 9 am Town Hall Monday 01/31 Deadline to Submit HRA (Healthcare Reimbursement Account) Receipts for 2009 Wednesday 02/19 Teachers for Safe Schools – 3:30 pm WMS Rm 245 Feb. 21 – 25 February Vacation Week – no school 2
  3. 3. Teachers for Safe SchoolsTeachers for Safe Schools will meet at the Middle School in Room 245, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on thefollowing Wednesdays: February 16, March 16, April 27, and May 18, 2011. The mission ofTeachers for Safe Schools is to consciously create, support and encourage a safe professional andemotional school climate that allows for staff of all sexual orientations to be acknowledged andrespected.Graduate Course ReimbursementCourse reimbursement funding of $22,500 is available to distribute in FY12 amongqualified teachers for graduate course work which is done as part of a master’s degreeprogram to fulfill a teacher’s obligations for the Massachusetts Educators ProfessionalLicense and for course work required to achieve the next stage of licensure culminating ina 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 toValerie Spruill, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent, You will be notified of the amount awarded to you by July 1,2011.Apply Now to Enroll Children of Non-Resident WTA Members inWellesley Schools. Children of teachers or nurses residing outside Wellesley shall beentitled 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, include your child/ren’s name, birth date, andcurrent grade level. Application Deadline: May 1, 2011 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.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. 3
  4. 4. CPI Refresher TrainingPrerequisite: Full CPI Training during the 2009-2010 School Year. The cornerstone of CPIsince 1980, this program is considered the worldwide standard for crisis prevention andintervention training. With a core philosophy of providing for the care, welfare, safety, and securityof everyone involved in a crisis situation, the program’s proven strategies give human serviceproviders and educators the skills to safely and effectively respond to anxious, hostile, or violentbehavior while balancing the responsibilities of care.Spring Offering: March 15, 2011 Time: 3:00–6:00 pm Instructor: Adam DilibertoPDPs: 3 Information regarding location will be posted on Wiki.To register, go to to the online registration form. This islisted as a new course under “School Safety.” BABY NEWS !! . . . . . CONGRATULATIONS to Stephanie Cacace on the birth of her son, Ryan, on December 30, 2010. WINGS Summer Openings 2011.Registrar- March 1- July 5: Responsibilities seeking Lead teachers ($39.49 hr based on ’10include entering all registrations in the rare) for both the morning (8:30-11:30) andFileMaker Pro database, honoring parent afternoon (12:00-3:00) sessions. Academicrequests while creating equitable classes, courses are offered in the AM only andanswering parent questions via the WINGS teachers must commit to all four address, creating class lists and the Enrichment courses are offered in both the AMother documents necessary to begin Week 1 and PM and teachers must commit to at leastclasses. $3500 stipend two of the four weeks.Data Manager 7/5/11-7/29/11: Maintain Academic courses will include concentratedaccurate registration information on a daily courses in reading (basic literacy for eitherbasis; create weekly class lists and daily grade 1 or grade 2; comprehension/fluency forstudent nametags. Must be present at WINGS grades 2/3 or grades 4/5) mathfrom 8:15-9:00 each day with additional work (skills/strategies for grades 1/2, 2/3 or 4/5), andand copying to be completed off site. $18/hr written language (grades 3-5).for 7 hrs. /wk Academic teachers will teach two sections aElementary Summer Lead Teacher morning of the same grade level and content.Openings 7/5/11-7/29/11: The WINGS’11 Teaching experience and license required andAcademic and Enrichment Summer Program is familiarity with WPS learning goals is a plus. 4
  5. 5. Applicants for positions within the academic listing the grade levels (K-2, 3-5). Thestrand must state their preferred grade level enrichment courses will not be run withoutand whether they are interested in teaching sufficient enrollment so make your courseliteracy, math, or written language. Academic description enticing. Enrichment teacherscourses are not dependent on enrollment. wishing to work a half-day must teach at least two different courses for the four- week period.Enrichment teachers will teach two sections a Applicants wishing to work both the AM andmorning or an afternoon. You will define the PM sessions must submit proposals for atcourses as the applicant so feel free to share least four different courses for the four-weekyour passions, special interests, and talents period. Courses must be written to targetwith students! Applicants must write an students in grades K-2 or 3-5.enticing description of their proposed course2/4/11 is the deadline for Registrar, Data Manager and Lead Teacher applications. Preferencewill be given to returning WINGS staff, and to current WPS employees. Send you letter of interestexplaining why your are qualified and your enrichment course descriptions to Dr. Gretchen Bravacos,WINGS Director, 63 Hastings St. Wellesley, MA 02481, or email DO NOT USE Dr. Bravacos’ WPS email address to respond to this ad. Coaching Positions  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 :         5
  6. 6. POSITIONS AVAILABLE  2010‐2011 OPENINGS  Elementary PrincipalWellesley Public Schools seeks an elementary principal to lead a 406 student K-5 school in acommunity 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. Previousadministrative 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 02481Administrative Assistant to the Director of Facilities and Grounds MaintenanceUnder the supervision of the Director, the administrative assistant performs various accounting,administrative, secretarial and record keeping tasks to ensure the smooth, efficient operation of theoffice. The incumbent evaluates and analyzes current and anticipated expenses in relation to thedepartmental budget and ensures that all financial liabilities and payroll requirements are accuratelyprocessed. The incumbent projects year –end expenses in order to close the fiscal year without overexpending the appropriation. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for hiring, supervising, schedulingand evaluating summer custodial staff and monitoring the schedules for the maintenance staff.Reporting the to the Director of Facilities and Grounds Maintenance, the Administrative Assistantoversees the day-to-day operation of the office. The work involves managing the time commitments ofthe Director, and processing documents containing time sensitive, financial and/or procurement-relatedinformation. The incumbent will interact with school and town administrators and staff, federal and stateofficials, vendors and contractors, and the general public, requiring superior interpersonal andcommunication skillsDuties include: Managing day-to-day operations of Director’s office. Maintaining the department’s budgetby assisting in preparation of the budget. Monitor the budget tracking expenditures, evaluate andanalyze current expenses, provide budgetary reports and project year-end expenses. Assist indetermining timely response to any and all emergency situations and dispatching personnel. Interview,hire, supervise and evaluate all summer custodial staff. Maintain department files and personnelrecords. 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 - $59,858Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should send a cover letter, resume, and threeletters of reference to: Salvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA02481 by January 28, 2011. 6
  7. 7. 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 setting.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 PublicSchools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or via email to Needs Van Monitor needed for approximately 20-22 hours per week. This is a split shift a.m.-p.m. Musthave 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 SalvatorePetralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 or Driver needed (35-38 hr./week) full year, less hours in summer to transport special education students. Theschedule is a split shift: am./mid./pm. 7D license preferred (not necessary; will train). $12.66 -$15.60 /hr. dependingon experience. Benefits available (health, dental, disability, and retirement). Please send letter of interest toSalvatore Petralia, Assistant Superintendent, Wellesley Public Schools, 40 Kingsbury Street, Wellesley, MA 02481or e-mail Wellesley Public Schools Actively Seeks to Increase the Diversity of its Workforce 7