The Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School Committee voted unanimously Tuesday morning to appoint former Wellesley superintendent Bella Wong as the high school’s interim superintendent/principal for one year.
Wong resigned from her Wellesley post in 2012 amid public concern over the running of the school system’s business office.
Her appointment in Lincoln-Sudbury is subject to successful completion of contract negotiations. The School Committee will undertake a search for a permanent superintendent/principal in the fall when more candidates are expected to be available.
“Bella Wong is a good fit for LS for many reasons, most notably her knowledge of LS by virtue of her having been a teacher at the school, her understanding of key policy issues affecting public education, and her experience advocating for capital projects,’’ said Nancy Marshall, the School Committee chairwoman, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with her very much.’’
Wong is expected to begin July 1. The current Lincoln-Sudbury superintendent, Scott Carpenter, announced in April that he will resign to take the superintendent job in Monomoy, effective July 1.
A search committee narrowed the candidates for the position down to three finalists. They were Edward Malvey, interim superintendent of Monson schools and Herbert Levine, who most recently served as interim superintendent of Peabody public schools. Malvey dropped out of the running to take another job before the final interview, leaving Levine and Wong.
Wong resigned from the Wellesley post after the administration came under fire for uncollected lunch fees and a harsh audit of the business office. The Wellesley district had $169,000 worth of uncollected school lunch payments from the 2009-2010 school year and before.
The debt’s discovery in spring 2011 plunged the district into a year of turmoil in which Wong resigned, business manager Ruth Quinn Berdell was dismissed, and Berdell filed a lawsuit against Wong and Suzy Littlefield, the School Committee’s chairwoman at the time, accusing them of conspiracy and defamation.
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