Posted by Susannah Blair January 9, 2012 10:03 AM
Also during the inauguration, the City Council elected at large member Joan B. Lovely as its president. Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll chairs the School Committee by virtue of her position. A semi -retired attorney, Fleming was elected last November to a third four-year term on the School Committee. He served as chairman once before, in 2006.
"I'm very pleased. It's going to be a tough year because of the recent designation of one of our schools as a Level 4 school," he said of the "underperforming" label the state gave the Bentley Elementary School. "We are off and running and attacking the problem, but it's going to be a lot of work."
Prior to his initial election to the committee in 2003, Fleming served two terms as Ward 6 councilor from 1980-84. He was also a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals from 1984-90, a member of the Licensing Board from 1990-2002, and as a charter commission member from 2002-03. This March, he is seeking a fifth four-year term as a member of the Democratic State Committee.