WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 44 turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up and reward teachers and administrators. The Chamber of Commerce helped Lussier gather compensation and human resources experts from most of the major industries in the city. "It was fascinating to see lessons learned, what worked and what didn't work. It led to this really interesting incubation of ideas of things we might do, and also things that we ruled out." In Wellesley, Lussier could think of no better partner for the Superintendent's Advisory Committees concept than WEF, which has a long history of supporting the public schools in creative ways. Founded in 1984, the Wellesley Education Foundation primarily pro- vides grants to educators for innovative educational projects at all grade levels, resulting in richer and deeper learning experiences for Wellesley students. WEF supports these grants with annual fundraisers that include the popular Wellesley Spelling Bee. The Superintendent's Advisory Committees were a new twist on WEF's mission, but co-presidents Linda Chow and Carol Morrow saw the collaboration as a natural fit. "WEF has typically served as a financial partner, but we were intrigued by the idea of expanding our approach to include leveraging 'intellectual capital' to benefit the Wellesley schools," Morrow said. "And with 40 volunteers on our board of directors, we have the ability to help facilitate and manage the process, something the Wellesley Public Schools administrative office just does not have the staff for." WEF feels privileged to work with Lussier and his administration again "as they shift their focus from formulating to implementing the strategic plan," Chow said. "As co-presidents of WEF, we are well aware of just how many talented individuals live in Wellesley — we just have to look as far as our board to be reminded of this." Lussier and his staff are grateful for the partnership. "We could not have done it alone," he said. "We've laid out this really ambitious vision for the future, and the hard part is implementing it. I don't see these committees as a one-shot deal. I would like to see this become an ongoing part of how we're structured — an ongoing dialogue." For more information, please visit www.wellesleyeducationfoundation.org Those invited to join the committees readily agreed to sign on for a two-year term that will include regular working meetings. Lussier envisions the committees as brainstorming and problem-solving ses- sions that will foster deep discussion and bring forth new ideas that can be implemented throughout the process. The concept of a Superintendent's Advisory Committee (SAC) is "unusual for Wellesley, but not unusual in larger districts or larger organizations in general," said Lussier as he prepared for the SAC kick- off event, held this past December at Wellesley High School. "What has impressed me is the depth of intellectual capital that resides here and really has remained untapped. That's what this effort is about, trying to leverage the community in a different way." Lussier led a similar effort in Austin, where he worked with the Chamber of Commerce to develop a strategic compensation initiative, with the goal of coming up with new ideas on how to recruit, develop,

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