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Two Former School Committee Members Among Seven Candidates To Fill Vacancy

May 19, 2015 01:49AM ● By Bill Gilman
The School Committee and Board of Selectmen will meet in joint session tonight at 7 p.m. at the Temporary Town Hall to choose a new School Committee member.
Seven residents submitted applications, expressing interest in filling the vacancy on the committee created by the resignation of Lisa Puccia. Puccia had one year left on her term when she resigned in April. 
Among the candidates are former School Committee members Jayne Miller and Scott Consaul. Puccia, who now serves on the Shawsheen Tech School Committee, resigned from the TSC after a conflict arose over personal information about Special Education students was inadvertently published online.
The other residents who applied for the vacant seat are Hanson Bechat, Arthy Bennett, Bob Demers, Bianka Kolb and Keith Sullivan.
Kolb works as a paralegal at EMD Serono, Inc. Miller is editor of the Town Crier. Consaul is an attorney. Bechat is the owner of Neighborhood Parcel. Bennett works as a model engineer for GE Aviation and is a board member for the Tewksbury Education Foundation. Demers works as a Realtor for Coldwell Banker. Sullivan works as a corrections officer for the Middlesex County Sheriff's Department.
According to Todd Johnson, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, each candidate will be given a few minutes at the start of the meeting to state their case for selection. After that, the boards will go through a process of roll call voting to choose a candidate.
According to the town bylaws, a candidate must receive the support of a majority of the combined members of the two boards to be elected. If no candidate receives the five votes needed in the first round of voting, the process is repeated until a candidate is chosen.


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