Due to the impending snow storm, the Wellesley Public Schools will be closed on Monday, February 8th. All afternoon and evening activities are also cancelled. No WPS staff should report to our buildings tomorrow. Please stay safe throughout the storm.
Microsoft has built a cool prototype data center under the sea in an effort to potentially boost network speeds by locating such green computing hubs closer to customers and in a way that they can be set up quickly. And while the subsea data center is located not far off the Pacific coast, it’s code name is actually Project Natick?
And why does our neighbor to the West get this honor? According to an FAQ from Microsoft “Natick is a codename and carries no special meaning. It is a town in Massachusetts.”
Though in seeking some elaboration on that, I was told by a Microsoft spokesman that “Natick sounds similar to Nautical and one of the Project Natick team members had a daughter attend Wellesley College, which is nearby.”
So, we were pretty darn close perhaps to having the project called Wellesley. Maybe next time…
*The 900 Worcester Street Committee, as we reported last month, did indeed vote to re-issue its request for proposals for a recreation complex on the former St. James the Great church site. The committee liked all three proposals it received but had reservations about financing, parking, etc. One upshot of this decision to reissue is that Corbelis, whose pitch for a facility dubbed The House was the most elaborate of the three (including skating rinks, pools, a track, a field), does not plan to resubmit a plan. Some see that as a big missed opportunity for Wellesley to receive a huge outside investment in the town. It will be a surprise if a new party submits a proposal.
*While Town Meeting last week gave its blessing to Wellesley moving ahead with its plan for a Town Manager, you can expect to hear more from an opposition group that includes former high profile town officials (selectmen, moderator, etc.) in the weeks to come. Opponents on key on what they see as a more centralized form of town government, one that they say could spook highly qualified people from volunteering on town boards and committees. These opponents will be urging voters not to approve the change during the March town election. You can anticipate a fresh lawn sign battle to erupt, however, as proponents say a change is needed in light of the town’s growth.
Wellesley Public Schools is seeking an elementary principal to lead the Fiske School, a 350 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. The work year is 214 days, effective July 1, 2016. Current salary range is $120,867 – $138,664.