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Wong: Berdell Officially Out as Wellesley School Business Manager

School business manager Ruth Quinn Berdell had been on leave since November.

Ruth Quinn Berdell’s employment with Wellesley schools has ended.

According to an e-mail from Superintendent Bella T. Wong, Berdell, the school’s business manager , no longer works for Wellesley Public Schools effective today.

Wong wrote that there would be no further public comment about the decision, other than it was being deemed a “personnel matter.”

Berdell was originally put on paid, voluntary leave Nov. 21, 2011 after it was made public that she would be paid over

Berdell has been at the center of controversy since the discovery last March that more than  for more than a year.

Since that revelation, Berdell’s tight control on a department that was found to be  has been a focus of attention from residents who have called for changes.

Robert Skladany March 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM
It is regrettable that the School Superintendent, State law, School Board and Wellesley Town leadership permitted this most unpleasant town employee to prosper at the expense of citizens. Superintendent Wong appears to be most directly accountable and should be called to task.
Magellan March 14, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Finallly. Finally. I had been wondering how long "paid voluntary administrative leave" was going to last.
MJ March 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Rarely is such gross incompetence so richly rewarded.
KHS March 15, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Why is this acceptable to have "no further comment on a personnel matter" when this was such a highly questionable matter? How do we know that the two of them arent in together on a scheme, do we accept this as is?

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