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School Committee Appointment

In early August, Pascha Griffiths submitted her resignation from the Belmont School Committee for personal reasons. Ms. Griffiths resignation became effective August 13th, leaving an eight-month vacancy on the School Committee.

State law calls for public notice of such a vacancy followed by an appointment to fill the position through a joint vote of a quorum of the Board of Selectmen and the remaining School Committee members. This appointment will be until the Annual Town Election in April 2014. On the April ballot there will be an open, one-year term, to fill out the remainder of this seat .

The School Committee and Board of Selectmen have agreed to a process that allows time for citizens to receive notification of the vacancy as well as to apply for consideration as an appointed candidate. The appointee must be a citizen of Belmont, 18 years or older.

The Board of Selectmen and School Committee are asking for "letters of interest" from candidates which should include:

  • Reasons for seeking the appointment
  • Expertise, skills and perspectives they will bring to the Committee
  • Identification of the most pressing issues facing the School Committee, both through the April election and beyond

A suggested length is one to two pages.

Letters can be emailed to the Cathy Grant in the Superintendent’s office, cgrant@belmont.k12.ma.us with School Committee Vacancy in the subject line; an email acknowledgement will be sent to the candidate. Paper letters may be delivered or mailed to Cathy Grant, Belmont Public Schools, 644 Pleasant Street, Belmont MA 02478.  Copies of the letters will be distributed as soon as possible to members of both the respective boards for review..

The deadline for receipt of letters is Wednesday, September 18th at 4:00 pm. The two boards will meet jointly on September 23rd at 8:00 a.m. in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room, Town Hall to interview applicants and to vote to appoint a new member of the School Committee. If necessary an additional, joint meeting will be convened to complete this process. The appointee will begin duties by being sworn in at the Town Clerk’s Office prior to the School Committee meeting on September 24th.

We look forward to receiving letters of interest from a wide cross-section of Belmont residents interested in joining the committee in our work providing excellence in educational outcomes for all Belmont students and our stewardship of Town resources.

Please feel free to direct any questions about School Committee service to any member of the committee. In addition, interested candidates are encouraged to make an appointment to meet, one- on- one, with Superintendent Kingston if they wish.

Committee contact information can be found at http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/sc/members. To make an appointment with Dr. Kingston, please contact Cathy Grant at 617 993-5401.

Laurie Graham
Chair, Belmont School Committee

Mark Paolillo
Chair, Belmont Board of Selectmen