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Dimitria Sullivan will step down as Dedham School Committee member

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  January 16, 2013 10:56 PM

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By Dave Eisenstadter, Town correspondent

After nine years serving on the School Committee, Dimitria Sullivan announced Wednesday evening that she would not seek a fourth term.

Sullivan recently received a promotion at her work at Prime Honda and told fellow committee members that she would be unable to balance work, family and School Committee responsibilities.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” Sullivan said of her time with the School Committee. “It is a lot of work and has its ups and downs, but there are more ups than downs.”

Sullivan said she was proud of the accomplishments the committee made while she was a member, including added courses to the Dedham High School, the implementation of the Dedham Middle School sports program and the appointment of Superintendent June Doe.

“She has moved this district academically in the direction we have needed to go,” Sullivan said.

Recently, the School Committee voted to amend the district’s memorandum of understanding with Dedham Police. Parents criticized the new document for being too overreaching and Sullivan and other committee members worked to adjust the document to address parent and community member concerns.

Sullivan said the next committee would have important decisions to make, such as concluding contract negotiations and taking another look at the memorandum of understanding.

“It is truly a very important position in the town,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan encouraged others to step forward and declare their candidacies for School Committee. For more information, visit the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall or call 781-751-9200.

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