School Committee and Selectmen Now Accepting Applications for Vacancy Appointment

By Kim Siebert MacPhail

Due to School Committee member Noreen O’Gara’s recent resignation, an unexpired seat is now vacant on the School Committee. To fill that seat for the remainder of O’Gara’s term, the School Committee and Selectmen will collaborate to choose an interim appointee, according to a process that is specified in the Town Bylaws.

Today, School Committee Chair Anne Bickford released these procedural specifications:

  • From February 13 to March 6, applications will be accepted from interested parties.
  • On March 8, copies of all applications received will be distributed to members of the School Committee and Selectmen. Applications will not be pre-screened.
  • On March 12, the Bedford School Committee and Selectmen will jointly hold public interviews of all applicants who have evinced interest in a seat on the School Committee. Click this link to read about the appointment process.

[Please note that March 12 is the corrected date for the interviews. This has been revised from an incorrect date published earlier this week. This is the only date that interviews will take place so candidates must be sure they are available on March 12]

Bickford also forwarded this information about the application and appointment processes:

  • As specified above, interested applicants need to submit a completed “Questionnaire for Volunteers.”
  • Applications are to be sent to the attention of Pat Hurd in the Town Manager’s Office.
  • A joint letter from the School Committee and the Selectmen will be sent to all who apply and will outline the expectations for the interviews at the March 12, 2013 joint meeting.
  • The School Committee and the Selectmen will work jointly to develop interview questions for the candidate.

The successful candidate will be appointed to a term ending March 2014, consistent with the remainder of O’Gara’s unexpired term. If the appointee chooses to remain on the School Committee after the term has elapsed, he/she must run for election in the Town Elections next spring.


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