Reposted from the Somerville-4-Schools email list, a message from School Committee Chair Paul Bockelman about the process that the School Committee agreed to use to fill the Ward 1 School Committee seat. The seat is suddenly vacant because Maureen Bastardi was appointed Alderman to replace Bill Roche, who resigned last week.
At last night’s School Committee meeting, the Committee voted unanimously to follow an inclusive, transparent, and deliberative process to fill the vacancy in Ward One. We have balanced this openness with acting expeditiously to ensure that the residents of Ward One are represented during upcoming School Committee deliberations.The process is as follows:
a. 12/17/12: School Committee receives notice of vacancy.b. 12/18/12: School Committee publicizes vacancy in available media (Somerville Journal, Somerville Patch, Somerville News, other media outlets, Somerville Public Schools website and others)c. 1/10/13: Deadline for responses to be delivered to the Secretary to the School Committee (that’s the Superintendent) by 5:00 p.m. Responses should include a statement of interest and a summary of experience or resume.d. TBD: School Committee reviews submissions. School Committee selects candidate(s) to interview.e. TBD: School Committee interviews candidate(s) at location in East Somerville. Possible vote on preferred candidate by ballot.f. TBD: Backup date for further discussions/interviews/vote.
Exact dates will be determined by coordinating the schedules of members of the School Committee and the Mayor and incoming President of the Board of Aldermen.
We will work to fill the vacancy no later than February 4th.
Applicants must be a “qualified voter” of Ward One to be considered.
I hope we get a lot of great candidates. Please pass the word!Paul Bockelman, chair