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Swartz Becomes Newest School Committee Member

Larry Swartz was appointed Thursday night to a seat on the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee.

Larry Swartz was approved Thursday night to become the newest member of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee.

The eight member committee and the three members of the Wenham Board of Selectmen appointed Swartz in a narrow 6-5 vote in a combined meeting at on Thursday night.

Swartz got the backing of School Committee members Sean Condon, Bill Dery and Roger Kuebel and Board of Wenham Selectmen Chairman Molly Martins and plus board members John Clemenzi and Patrick Wilson.

The other top candidate, Harriet Davis, received five votes from School Committee members Kym Donnellan, Alexa McCloughan, Anne Minois, Jack O'Keefe and Dacia Rubel.

The third candidate, Tyson Goodridge, did not get any votes.

The 11 combined members of the School Committee and Wenham Board of Selectmen were tasked with .

Swartz is a who more recently worked with different groups to reach a compromise on the deisgn for the Wenham War Memorial. He also serves on Wenham's Town Advisory Committee, which , including Iron Rail.

The vacancy arose last month when long-time School Committee member Don Gallant resigned. Swartz will now serve until May, when he can decide whether he wants to run for the three year term.

Leigh M Keyser September 23, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Since There is a conflict with Larry as his wife is a teacher in the school system, can he serve as full time member o f this board, as he couldn't vote on any issues regarding teacher contracts and other school funding that would benifit personnel in the school system.. Would appear to limit what his role would be on this board.
Michelle Bailey September 25, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Wow, Patch had this news posted within hours of the appointment. The story does not cover the lengthy discussion that followed the appointment of whether Mr. Swartz should be granted a waiver that would allow him as an appointed official to vote on all matters before the School Committee including those that might directly or indirectly affect his wife's position. That waiver was granted in an 8 to 2 vote of the group. Despite the comments of Mr. Keyser to the contrary, during this year as an appointed School Committee member, Mr. Swartz will be fully able to participate. If he were to run for election in May, that waiver could not be granted and his role would be more limited.

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