WOBURN - Veteran School Committee will be taking the reins of the seven-member board after the annual organizational meeting of the board last night at the Joyce Middle School.
On an unanimous vote, Denis Russell got the nod to replace outgoing Chair Michael Mulrenan.
Before handing over the gavel, Mulrenan thanked everyone from fellow board members, to administrators, staff and students.
“It has been an honor and a privilege,” he said, noting he thought 2012 was great year and he said he looked forward to 2013.
School Committee member Dr. John Wells made to the motion to nominate Russell.
“Allow me to express my appreciation for the opportunity to serve as chair,” Russell said following the vote. “On behalf of the committee I would like to thank Mike for his leadership through a challenging year. Thanks Mike, you did a terrific job.”
Russell commended fellow School Committee members for their dedication and effort and for each brining unique perspectives and ideas to the board.
“It is no easy task to place yourself under a spotlight and carefully work hard to move the system forward regardless of the many issues and challenges we face,” he said. “And, I also want to thank your families for allowing you to be on loan as Woburn School Committee members serving the community.”
Russell noted the following challenges:
- Safety in the district: “Absolutely paramount in providing an education is ensuring the safety of all,” he said. He thanked Supt. Mark Donovan, Police Chief Robert Ferullo and Mayor Scott Galvin for their efforts in this area.
- SPED review: “We have taken steps to review all that we do in providing Special Education services to all who have a need,” Russell said. He cited the current review of the program and said any suggestions for improvement should be looked at.
- Contracts: “Great headway in renewing many contracts has been accomplished,” Russell said. He said completing all outstanding agreements will be a focal point.
- Curriculum: “As technology plays an ever increasing role in providing students with the tools for success, we will look to find ways in which we can provide the most effective and useful high tech learning to all our students and staff.” He said a mastery of the basics will provide the door to new ways of learning.
He concluded by stating, “This committee will address many more topics than the ones I just mentioned. I am certain that we will continue to work together and find solutions to all that we may face in 2013.”