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Friday, February 16, 2007

Bella Wong offered superintendent post


Bella Wong was offered the job of Wellesley superintendent this afternoon after a unanimous vote by the School Committee.

Wong, 46, has been assistant superintendent in Wellesley for six of the last nine years. Calling her a better fit, four of the five committee members said she was their first choice over the other finalist, Christopher Martes, who is Framingham superintendent.

Marlene Allen switched her vote after more than an hour of discussion to make the decision unanimous.

“I was hoping for a breath of fresh air,” said Allen, who added that there would likely be an “uproar” from the community over the process.

Member Suzy Littlefield said she was concerned about how long Martes would stay in the job, as his track record was four years in most posts.

Wong, who lives in Weston and served on the School Committee there from 2003 to 2006, practiced law before she switched into education. She would replace Matthew King as of July 1. Details of her salary still have to be negotiated.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Wong, about an hour after being offered the job. “I really love the community.”

–- Lisa Kocian

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