As newly elected members of the School Committee we are preparing diligently for our duties and responsibilities come January.
We have high hopes to create meaningful improvements in partnership with our Superintendent, school staff, Mayor, City Council, and the community.
While the City Council Members-Elect have formal roles during the transition period, the School Committee-Elect does not.
We are being careful not to interrupt nor impede the work of the current School Committee.
Since the election, individuals have attended multiple public events, such as the Superintendent’s Community Visioning Forums, the Fuller Middle School Building Project Information Sessions, the Interfaith Unity Breakfast for all candidates, and the state’s annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education and Workforce Development Summit. We have also met with each other to get to know each other and to start preparations for what’s to come. The outcome from these discussions has been to request additional briefings from the school department staff and with the three re-elected incumbent School Committee members and Mayor-Elect so we can all be ready as a team.
In the weeks ahead we will be busy!
We will be participating in required training workshops facilitated by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. These seminars cover topics such as School Finance, School Committee Roles and Responsibilities, Special Education Law, and the Open Meeting Law (OML).
We have been asked how we deal with OML during the transition.
We were assured by both the Town Clerk’s Office and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office’s Division of Open Government that Member-Elects are not subject to the OML.
The Framingham Town Clerk’s written determination with Town Counsel has been provided to us and states, “Until the School Committee-elect is actually sworn in and begins its official duties it is not a public body therefore OML does not apply.”
We are eagerly and appropriately getting up to speed on the issues we will face after taking office on January 1, 2018.
A robust transition is a must. Our community deserves nothing less.
Noval Alexander – District 5 School Committee elect
Tracey Bryant – District 9 School Committee elect
Geoffrey Epstein – District 6 School Committee elect
Adam Freudberg – District 4 School Committee elect
Tiffanie Maskell – District 7 School Committee elect
Gloria Pascual – District 8 School Committee elect