Graham Re-appointed School Committee Chair
Scharfman named Secretary for the coming year.
Laurie Graham will be keeping her seat next to School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Kingston at Belmont School Committee meetings for the next year as her fellow members voted unanimously to give her a second term as the committee's chairwoman Tuesday night.
The school committee met for an organizational meeting to approve its new leadership team as well as review subcommittee assignments.
Saying that the committee had been through "a very interesting year" – a last minute resolution to a $2 million budget deficit last year, the hiring of an interim superintendent and incremental movement towards a stronger relationship with the Board of Selectmen in budget matters – Graham said having a "very strong committee" will allow it to move forward on school issues.
"It's been a wonderful experience," said Graham at its weekly meeting at the Chenery Middle School. The committee also appointed Dan Scharfman as secretary.
Due to a busy day-after town election day, newly-elected committee member Pascha Griffiths was unable to be sworn in by Town Clerk Ellen Cushman so was forced for one day to sit with the audience. She and current member Anne Lougee won the two available committee seats.
While the committee did not broach assigning subcommittee members, it briefly discussed two new proposed subcommittees; curriculum and human resources. Graham said the entire committee would discuss the purview and goals for the new subcommittees.