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McCloughan Will Be School Committee Chairman for Another Year

Alexa McCloughan was voted chairman of the School Committee for a second straight year on Tuesday as the newly constituted School Committee met with three new members for the first time.

Alexa McCloughan will serve as chairman of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee for a second straight year.

Eight of the School Committee’s nine members backed her to lead the School Committee when the committee met on Tuesday. It was the first time the committee met since last Thursday, when voters put three new members on the committee and two incumbents were defeated.

One of those new members, Bill Dery, was the only one to vote against McCloughan as chairman during the meeting at .

And one of those new members, Roger Kuebel, was also elected by a majority of the committee members to become the committee’s vice-chairman, 6-2.

Kym Donnellan, who was elected to the committee last year, and Dacia Rubel, in her second term, voted to oppose Kuebel as vice-chairman. Kuebel abstained from the vote. Before his election to the School Committee last week as the top voter-getter in a five-candidate field, Kuebel was chairman of the Wenham Finance Committee.

Donnellan was named committee secretary, newly elected member Sean Condon as assistant secretary and Ann Minois as treasurer.

Robert Foringer June 01, 2011 at 09:39 AM
1 STEP FORWARD 2 STEPS BACK..are yiu kidding me!!!!!
Leigh M Keyser June 01, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Well, business as usual with school board. There may be new members but the rest of the board will work to overcome whatever efforts they do in making changes for the better. Looks like this board still doesn't get the word.
Lori June 01, 2011 at 01:38 PM
It is the type of sentiment posted here that keeps the "us vs. them" situation going in this town. Perhaps we should give our newly elected board members and the existing members time to prove themselves.
Robert Foringer June 01, 2011 at 01:44 PM
I think the existing members have had plenty of time to prove thensevles. The Buck stops at the top Alexa should be replaced. Coulda, shoulda, woulda, time is over.
Betty Gray June 01, 2011 at 04:22 PM
you got that right. They will never get the message because they are still so arrogant. Imagine, one committee member saying that a new member has to prove himnself first before he can be considered for office!!!! "How do we know if he has leadership abilitiesd???" Because an overwhelming amount of people voted for him. DAH!
Anne June 01, 2011 at 05:50 PM
I am in complete agreement with you, Lori. How about we give everyone a chance to show that communication and relations really can improve. I have hope that they will.
William Harris June 01, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Just wait until we finally get the details about the deal with Mr. Buchanan. I'm pretty sure that episode cost the taxpayers at least $250,000 if not more. The incumbent members have a long track record by which they can be judged. I see no indication that they have changed their approach and attitude. But their time will also come at the Ballot Box as we continue to endure their "leadership."
Michelle Bailey June 01, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Two of the three new members are holding leadership roles on the committee, and the third declined an opportunity offered to him. Onward and upward.
Questionable Ethics June 02, 2011 at 02:52 AM
Doing a little reading between the lines here, this is actually a positive outcome. SC members can nominate themselves or other members. It would have been highly unusual for a newly elected member to assume Chairman, and my guess is that none of the existing members wanted it! The fact that Kuebel was nominated and elected Assistant Chair -- with a majority of the existing members voting for him was a nice gesture. Also good to see Ann Minois and Sean Condon being nominated as board officers and winning. The election has resulted in a major philosophical and ideological shift in the board, with a majority of the members presumably now in favor of the giveback to the Towns. But I do not see the Board, even with its new reform-minded majority, reversing course on its decision to mutually agree to terminate schools Superintendent Raleigh Buchanan. One potential hazard: some or all of the newly elected members may choose to abstain from voting on any termination package, making approval of such a package that much harder (5 members must vote in favor).
Karen June 03, 2011 at 02:15 PM
I watched the meeting and never heard the comment "prove themselves" . Maybe you could share where you heard that..
Lisa Gaquin June 03, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Karen; Sometimes what is said is different from what people hear. I spoke with Ms. Gray about this when I was on school committee.
Betty Gray June 03, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Actually it was said at the meeting before the meeting at 6:30 in the Superintendents office. I was not the only one who heard it. What was heard is not different than what was said.
Karen June 03, 2011 at 06:42 PM
I am just curious if you were at the 6:30 meeting? I also would like to say that I do believe people should have some experience before being appointed to a position. I would also like for you to consider going easy on the name calling. Obviously you have opinions that you would like to share and you have have every right to do so, the name calling is offensive and tends to turn people off.
Bob Gray June 03, 2011 at 08:18 PM
I was also at the 6:30 meeting and Betty Gray is correct. One especially vocal SC member strongly opposed Rogers appointment because she doubted his leadership ability. Of course Rogers is only the head of Wenham's finance committee and CFO of the company he works for !!! But let's just cool it and see how the new committee works together.
Dick Hewett June 03, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Lori - I agree. The School Committee has to refect all points of view in the community.
Dick Hewett June 03, 2011 at 10:33 PM
That would be nice if everything could be black and white.
Karen June 05, 2011 at 10:40 AM
I agree that we should "cool it". HW are small communities and in the end we are all neighbors. People don't always agree but it is the diversity of thought that solves problems. To call the entire board arrogant and deceptive seems a little harsh to me. I truly feel that they have the best intentions to provide strong schools for our students and teachers while being fiscally responsible. We all need to work together in a more positive light before the community spirit that makes HW is lost.

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