A public meeting held Wednesday night at Wellesley Middle School allowed Wellesley parents and other residents to ask School Committee members direct questions regarding the most pressing issues to surface over the past year, including criminal background checks on employees, the state of the new food service company and vacation policy for school department employees. Newer issues such as lagging MCAS science scores and the installation of video cameras at Wellesley High were also addressed (a student in the audience made reference to “1984” being required reading). The Globe and Patch were there and recap the meeting, attended by several dozen parents and residents.
In short, the school department is tightening CORI checks and might review some reports; numbers aren’t in yet on whether the new Chartwells food service is saving the town any money, though School Committee Chair Suzie Littlefield expressed disappointment that Chartwells hasn’t been composting; more audit results will be revealed soon regarding business office practices, but the School Committee assured attendees that the grandfathered vacation policy that allowed stockpiling is no longer in effect for anyone.
The meeting was spearheaded by the recently formed Concerned Parents of Wellesley group.