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September 16, 2013

Three apply to fill seat on Pentucket School Committee

Superintendent to announce decision today

MERRIMAC — Three candidates interviewed recently for a vacant position on the Pentucket Regional School Committee, created by the resignation of Jane Broz, who resigned to enter a PhD program. The other Merrimac School Committee member, Wayne Adams, guided the interviews at the Sept. 9 selectmen’s meeting.

The first candidate was Joanna Blanchard, who has a doctorate in chemical engineering and is the parent of a fifth- and seventh-grader in the school system. She said that her training as an engineer had given her the logic needed to do the School Committee job. Her priorities include small class size, above other priorities.

The second candidate was Bill Buell, a Merrimac resident for the past 30 years. Buell is also a recently retired high school teacher in the Pentucket system, where he has been on faculty for 30 years. He said his service on search committees for principal and superintendent have prepared him for a post on the school board. He also brings time to devote to the position due to his recent retirement. Buell described himself as a fiscal conservative and would also like to see the International Baccalaureate program developed in the high school.

The final candidate was Andrew Connor, who has been a Merrimac resident for three years and has a 6-year-old daughter. He said he was running for his daughter and all the children of Merrimac to ensure that they “get the education they deserve.” Connor works as an EMT and a firefighter. He expressed concerns about the physical maintenance of the schools and expressed a love of the “Maybury” lifestyle in Merrimac.

Selectmen adjourned in executive session to select the new member. The results will be announced today by Superintendent Jeffrey Mulqueen.

In other business, the town has received $4,822 back on worker’s compensation and property casualty insurance costs through the voluntary participation in loss prevention and risk management activities that are provided as incentives by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association, its insurance provider. In addition, employees participated in training programs that promote effective management and operations, according to the press release issued by the MIIA.

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