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James Fleming to serve as Salem School Committee's vice chairman

Posted by Susannah Blair  January 9, 2012 10:03 AM

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The School Committee last week tapped James M. Fleming to serve as its vice chairman for the coming year. The committee elected Fleming on a 6-0 vote, with Fleming abstaining, during the city's 2012 inauguration ceremony on Monday, Jan. 2.

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. 

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