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Former Wellesley superintendent Bella Wong up for interim super job at Lincoln-Sudbury

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 21, 2013 12:55 PM

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Former Wellesley superintendent Bella Wong, who resigned from her Wellesley post in 2012 amid public concern over the running of the school system's business office is being considered for an interim superintendent job at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

Wong will be interviewed tonight at the high school by School Committee members, along with Edward Malvey, interim superintendent of Monson schools. Lincoln-Sudbury School Committee members also interviewed Herbert Levine, who has recently served as interim superintendent of Peabody public schools.

The current Lincoln-Sudbury superintendent, Scott Carpenter, announced in April that he will resign to take the superintendent job in Monomoy, effective July 1.

The Lincoln-Sudbury interim superintendent would serve over the summer and into the fall. The Lincoln-Sudbury School Committee plans to search for a permanent hire in the fall, when more candidates will be available.

Wong announced her resignation from the Wellesley district in November, citing “ongoing public concern over school operational protocols,’’ after the district came under fire for uncollected lunch fees and a harsh audit of the business office’s practices.

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 fired, 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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