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FRAMINGHAM – City Clerk Lisa Ferguson is accepting applications for the District 2 Framingham School Committee seat.

District 2 School Committee member Karen Foran Dempsey died on December 24, 2020.

Applications are being accepted to appoint an individual, who lives in Precincts 3 or 5, to that seat through December 31, 2021.

A joint meeting of the now current 8-member School Committee and the 11-member City Council will be held in February or March to fill the position. Of the applicants, the individual who receives the most votes will fill the seat for the remainder of this year.

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The deadline to apply is February 5, 2021.

This position pays a stipend of $5000 per year. It will be prorated from the date of the Oath of Office through December 31, 2021.

All 9 School Committee seats are on the ballot in November 2021, as the position is only for 2-years. All School Committee seats expire on December 31, 2021.

From the job posting of January 8:

Powers and Duties:
The School Committee shall have all powers which are conferred on school committees by the general laws and any additional powers and duties that may be provided by the charter, by ordinance, or otherwise and are not inconsistent with the grant of powers conferred by the general laws. The
powers and duties of the School Committee shall include, but not limited by, the following:

  1. To appoint a superintendent of the schools who shall be charged with the day-to-day administration of the school system, subject only to policy guidelines and directives adopted by the school committee and, upon the recommendation of the superintendent, to establish and appoint assistant or associate superintendents as provided in General Laws, chapter 71, section 59;
  2. To make all reasonable rules and regulations for the management of the public school system and for conducting the business of the School Committee as may be considered necessary or desirable;
  3. To adopt and to oversee the administration of an annual operating budget for the school department.

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Additional Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. To become familiar with the General Laws of the Commonwealth relating to education and School Committee operations, regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, policies and procedures of the Framingham School Committee and the Framingham School Department;
  2. To keep abreast of new laws and the latest research in education;
  3. To have a general knowledge of the goals, objectives, and programs of the city’s public schools;
  4. To work effectively with other School Committee members without trying either to dominate the School Committee or neglect his/her share of the work;
  5. To respect the privileged communication that exists in executive sessions by maintaining strict confidentiality on matters discussed in these sessions, except that which becomes part of the public record, once it has been approved for release;
  6. To vote and act in School Committee impartially for the good of the students;
  7. To accept the will of the majority vote in all cases, and to remember that he/she is one of a team and must abide by, and carry out, all School Committee decisions once they are made;
  8. To represent the School Committee and the schools to the public in a way that promotes interest and support;
  9. To refer questions and complaints to the proper school authorities;
  10. To comply with the accepted code of ethics for School Committee members.

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No member of the School Committee shall hold any school department position for which a salary is payable from the municipal treasury, except positions receiving a stipend.

No former member of the School Committee shall hold any compensated school department office until at least one (1) year after the date on which the member’s service on the School Committee has terminated.

Eligibility: Shall be a resident and registered voter from District 2 (Precincts 3 and 5) in the City of Framingham

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.