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Wellesley School Committee to hold special meeting tonight on salary controversy

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 20, 2007 09:10 AM

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WELLESLEY

The Wellesley School Committee is holding a special meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m., making good on its promise to hold a public discussion of how it decides administrative salaries and bonuses.

Member Marlene Allen called on the committee last fall to give the public an explanation for why it announced an 8.5 percent raise to retiring Superintendent Matthew King, only weeks after voters approved a Proposition 2 1/2 override for the schools.

The School Committee initially said it would discuss the salary issue last fall, then postponed the matter until January. In January, the committee put the discussion off again, this time saying it wanted to wait for the election of a new committee member.

The discussion did not come up at last week’s meeting when the new member, Christopher Guiffre, came on board. Committee chairman Michael Young told the Globe, however, that the committee would hold a special meeting this week to tackle the subject before Town Meeting.

Young said the committee would also discuss publicly the details of the salary and compensation package for the new superintendent, Bella Wong.

-— Lisa Keen

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