WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

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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Facebook, and texting; what they're less skilled at is using those tools for productivity and learning," he says. Besides helping students become more proficient with computers, teachers are stressing their responsible use – both for safety reasons and to head off cyber bullying. g Earning Trust Lussier has said from the start that transparency is a top priority. "There were some real trust issues when I arrived," he says. His predecessor had resigned amid a furor over how the district managed its finances. Last spring, administrators came under fire after deciding to reassign the popular conductor of the high school orchestra to work with elementary students. School officials said because it was a personnel matter they could not reveal details of why the change was made. "I agree it runs counter to the sort of transparency we're trying to create, and yet we simply can't talk about those things in public," Lussier says. But according to Lussier, what went unreported was that staff talked with students about the change "to provide some faith in who the new instructors would be and how there wouldn't be a loss of oppor- The district is facing another test of transparency as it decides how to handle overcrowding at the elementary level. "We're going to have some sort of redistricting because what we're doing now just is not sustainable 59 w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e tunity in terms of the quality of the teaching."

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