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Parmett resigns from Belmont school board

Posted by Derek McLean  August 12, 2011 05:40 PM

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Belmont School Committee member Karen Parmett has resigned her seat, leaving an opening on the board that will be filled through a vote of the selectmen and remaining School Committee members.

Parmett officially resigned Wednesday, Aug. 10, for personal reasons, according to School Committee chairwoman Laurie Graham. Parmett was in the final year of a three-year term.

“She is leaving for personal reasons that she feels make it currently impossible to carry out the duties and responsibilities as a member of the School Committee,” said Graham. “The community experience that she brought to the School Committee, her thoughtful deliberations, commitment to researching issues, focus on student achievement and equity as well as dedication to the students of the Belmont School Committee will be greatly missed.”

Parmett was not immediately available for comment.

Parmett’s spot on the committee will be filled by a vote of the Board of Selectmen and the five remaining School Committee members.

Graham said the School Committee is asking for letters of interest from all interested candidates.

Town administrator Thomas Younger said the town has not yet received any applications.

Toward late September, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee will have a joint meeting to interview candidates and their reasons for seeking appointment.

The two groups will then vote to select someone who will finish out Parmett’s term, which ends at the next Town Election in April 2012.

Younger said applications should be sent to the School Department.

Prior to becoming a School Committee member, Parmett was involved in several Belmont school initiatives such as starting a walk to school program, seeking and securing grant funding for Full Day Kindergarten. and working on a successful debt exclusion for the soon to be finished Wellington Elementary School, Graham said.

Derek McLean can be reached at dbmclean1@gmail.com.

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