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School Committee Candidate Ellen Grieco

Candidate Statement:

Hello. I am Ellen Grieco. I live at 14 Mellen Lane with my husband and two kids, a High School junior and a seventh grader. I have been on the School Committee for 7 years and for the past 3 years, I have been Chair. I have spent manys hours working with the Committee, Administration, Staff, Students and other Wayland residents to further the mission of the Wayland Schools – excellence in education for all students. I find being a part of this work engaging and enriching. Our successes have been really satisfying. And I have also enjoyed the times when we have struggled – maybe because I love a challenge when things that matter are at stake. And I love to see people coming together when they care. It is to continue this work that I am seeking reelection.

I am speaking here as an individual and not on behalf of the Wayland School Committee.

During the past seven years, the School Committee has sought to balance educational excellence, momentum in a rapidly changing world and sustainable spending. Specifically, we have:

  1. made structural changes to staff compensation, achieving significant long term savings for the town:
    • a new salary schedule for teachers hired after June 30, 2013 with a flat percentage increase at each step (like most peer towns);
    • a phase-out of retirement payments in favor of longevity payments, similar to what is available in peer towns, which are pensionable under the MA Teachers’ Retirement System; and
    • cost of living increases over two negotiating cycles that are reasonable compared to staff compensation in our peer towns.
  2. Reconfigured the elementary schools to to provide our youngest students with more robust learning opportunities.
  3. Requested budget funding for each year at or below the Finance Committee’s Guideline and worked with the School Administration and the Finance Committee and the Town to fine tune the budget and improve the budget process.

During my tenure on the Committee we have engaged an exceptional senior staff, including two Superintendents who have both demonstrated leadership, excellence and compassion. We have also completed an independent audit of school finances, established a Finance Subcommittee and hired a new Business Administrator who together have lead us to even greater control of the public and fee based funding we are responsible for. We are now in the process of hiring a new Director of Student Services as well.

At the same time Wayland’s educational offerings have grown to include 1:1 computers for all secondary students; increased technological capabilities at all schools; a successful Chinese language program and new Spanish immersion program; a district wide RTI initiative to improve personalized teaching and learning; an expanded ELL program; maker spaces at all schools and a music lab at the High School; a new writing center at the Middle School; and a cutting edge connect program at the high school.

On the “challenge” side, we have received significant taxpayer concern over the increases in the budget each year as well as comments from families with concerns about cuts in funding for the schools, numerous OML complaints and concern over the location and expense of school bus parking. I welcome this feedback and have initiated meetings and forums seeking public input and to answer questions consistent with the public interest.

Each of these endeavors is a positive step toward achieving an exceptional education for all Wayland’s students in a changing world. I really appreciate your trust in me and your support in this work, and if I am re-elected, I will do my best to live up to it over the next 3 years.

Thank you.