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Select Board, Groton Committee Members To Elect New School Cmte Member To Fill Vacancy August 26

by Robert Stewart
   The Select Board and Groton members of the School Committee will meet jointly on Aug. 26 to discuss two candidates who have submitted statements of interest to serve on the School Committee. The two candidates submitted statements of interest following the resignation of Erica McConnell who had served just two months on the School Committee. McConnell resigned when her husband took a job in New Jersey and the couple planned to move there.
   The two candidates who submitted statements of interest are Peter Cronin and Anne Doble. Cronin previously served a three-year term on the School Committee a year ago and expressed an interest in serving again on the Committee. Doble has not served on the School Committee previously but has been active with school groups and has shown an interest in becoming more involved.
   Under the regional school agreement, if a vacancy occurs in one of the two towns (Groton or Dunstable) the vacancy is filled by a vote of the Select Board in the affected town and the remaining school committee members from that town. In this case, it was a Groton school committee member that resigned and therefore the five-member Groton Select Board and the four remaining Groton School Committee members will jointly vote to select a candidate to fill the vacancy.
    School Committee Chair Marlena Gilbert said the four Groton School Committee members will discuss the candidates with the Groton Select Board on Monday, August 26. Gilbert said the Groton School Committee members will meet 15 minutes prior to the joint meeting to determine whether they have a recommendation to make to the Select Board. The expectation of the joint meeting is that after board and committee members discuss the candidates, a vote will be taken to elect a candidate to fill the vacancy.
    Once a candidate is elected, that person will serve on the School Committee until town elections next May. During town elections in May 2020, that member has the option to seek election from the Groton electorate to the School Committee for the remaining years on McConnell’s term, in this case two more years.
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