Wellesley School Committee Tuesday said David Lussier, executive director of the Office of Educator Quality for the Austin Independent School District in Texas, is its unanimous choice to replace Bella Wong as Wellesley Public Schools superintendent. Lussier has tentatively agreed to take the job, which paid Wong about $180K per year. More from the Globe.
Judith Paolucci, superintendent of the Yarmouth School Department in Maine, was the other finalist. A third candidate, Gerald Hill, earlier this week dropped out of the Wellesley Public Schools superintendent competition, opting instead to take a job in West Bloomfield, Michigan, according to the West Bloomfield Patch.
Lussier will give Wellesley a fresh start after more than a year of controversies in the school system, including many surrounding its business practices. Earlier in the week, the Boston Globe reported that the former Wellesley Public Schools business manager had filed a lawsuit regarding her termination. Among issues that lie ahead: deciding who will offer food services and naming a Wellesley Middle School principal.