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.