FRAMINGHAM – Former District 6 City Councilor Michael Rossi served on both the South Middlesex Regional Vocational School Committee (Keefe Tech School Committee) and the Framingham City Council from January 1 2018 to Dec 31, 2019. Rossi chose not to seek re-election to the Framingham City Council and he has decided not to seek re-appointment to the Keefe Technical School Committee. His term on the Keefe Technical School Committee ends in April 2020.
Under the City charter, the Mayor appoints members to the Keefe Tech School Committee. The members are no longer elected by voters in Framingham.
There are 16 members on the Keefe Technical School Committee, of which 8 seats are designated for the City of Framingham. The communities of Ashland, Natick, Holliston, and Hopkinton each have two members.
Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer has decided to replace Rossi with the former director of transportation for the Framingham Public Schools.
“Rickey Gallagher replaces Mr. Michael Rossi, effective April 2020,” said the mayor in a memo to the City Council.
His term would be through June 30, 2021. He lives in District 1.
“I am a Keefe Tech Alum, graduated in 1975, I have been employed by the Framingham Public Schools for 40 years, the last 20 years as Director of Transportation. Many of my responsibilties (sic) included budgeting for the Department. In the past, I also sat on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army, The Framingham Pop Warner Football program, I was an asistant (sic) coach for the Framingham Youth Baseball program, and was the Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America Troop 210 in Framingham,” wrote Gallagher in his application to the Mayor’s office.
Gallagher retired from the Framingham Public Schools in March of 2019, but he had been on leave for several months before his retirement.
The eighth seat currently occupied by AJ Mulvey expires on April 2020.
The Mayor said she will replace Mulvey at a “later time.”
The 11-member City Council has 30 days to act on the nomination of Gallagher and John Downing of District 3, whom the Mayor nominated for a term through June 2022.
The Mayor also re-appointed the following to the Keefe Technical School Committee:
- Larry Cooper, District 1, through June 30, 2021
- Michelle Burns, District 2, through June 2022
- Linda Fobes, District 3, through June 2023
- James Cameau, District 7, through June 2023
- Maria Martinez, District 8, through June 2023
If the City Council takes no action in 30 days, the individuals are automatically appointed to the Keefe Technical School Committee.