I hope you each had a productive week. The big news coming out of last weekend was that the School Committee and the WEA had reached a settlement for each of the five units involved in the ongoing contract negotiations. I first want to thank each of the bargaining team members on both sides who put in an extraordinary amount of time over the past 15 months as part of this work. I believe the final settlement is both fair and equitable, and is responsive to many of the interests brought forward as part of this process. I would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge the toll this process has taken on our district and community. I know some relationships feel frayed and some hard feelings remain. It’s clear that some time will be needed to attend to this impact and hopefully regain a sense of trust and partnership that has long marked our culture in Wellesley. On behalf of the administration, I want to affirm my personal commitment to this goal and I hope our entire team will join me in this process in the days ahead.
Thank for all that you do each day to support our students and have a great weekend!
May 29 – Memorial Day – Offices/Schools Closed
Exciting Program from Regis College – BS in Nursing in 24 Months Starting Fall 2023
Creative new program for those employees who already have a Bachelors’ degree and would like to realize their passion to be a nurse! The need for nurses has never been more urgent. Our online part-time program allows students to work and earn their degree at the same time. Regis has customized a curriculum that uses the undergraduate courses that have already been taken so that the student can jump directly into the nursing courses. This is a September 2023 start with clinical programs starting second semester at some of Boston’s elite teaching hospitals as well as community based settings. Applications are being accepted no later than June 5th, as we have rolling admissions. This 24-month BSN is eligible for a tuition discount of $14,000 through our partnership program, so please reach out to Kathi Jenkins, Director of Graduate Partnerships via email at email@example.com for more information. This program and discount are also offered to the immediate family members of employees as well!
- Regis is still recruiting for Fall 2023
- Applicants are encouraged to apply if they have all prerequisites completed – see flyer or website
- Applications must be received no later than June 5th
You are welcome to find more information at https://www.regiscollege.edu/academics/majors-and-programs/24-month-bs-nursing-non-nurse-college-graduates-online.
Director of Graduate Partnerships
College Hall 216
235 Wellesley Street | Weston, MA 02493-1571
Employment Opportunities: Summer Learning Support Program
Dates: July 10 – August 3, 2023
Teachers and Para openings
Positions are listed in TalentEd, internal postings section.
Tuition Reimbursement Deadline
Just a reminder that Unit A members seeking tuition reimbursement for graduate coursework in accordance with the Unit A collective bargaining agreement must submit the completed application for reimbursement along with evidence of enrollment into a program and course cost, proof of payment and transcript no later than June 1, 2023. The Tuition Reimbursement form can be found on the HR page of the WPS website (wellesleyps.org/hr/general-forms/).
The contract states:
Course reimbursement for graduate courses taken by staff who are without master’s degrees and/or who are seeking professional licensure as required by the Massachusetts Department of Education or when a specialist teacher’s immediate supervisor, subject to the approval of the Assistant Superintendent, verifies that there are no further in‐district courses available for recertification in that specialist’s field, that specialist may apply for tuition reimbursement. Any Unit A member for whom no DESE license exists, including but not limited to occupational and physical therapists, so long as that member maintains appropriate certification and/or licensure required to perform his or her duties, shall be eligible to apply for tuition reimbursement.
Human Relation Services
The Human Relation Services (HRS) can help. Wellesley Public Schools has contracted with HRS to provide up to ten free counseling visits for you and/or your family members. This program is designed to help you deal with stresses of life and work –including personal and family issues, drug or alcohol problems, and job related tension. It offers prevention and intervention to reduce these stresses and improve coping skills.
HRS is located at 11 Chapel Place in Wellesley and can be reached at 781-235-4950. This is a confidential service. Wellesley Public Schools is not aware of the names of employees or their family members who utilize this service.