School Committee


The School Committee is an elected body that oversees the Somerville Public Schools. Members work with the Superintendent to set broad policies, develop a recommended budget for submission to the Mayor, and monitor the finances of the School Department. The Committee is composed of seven members elected by ward every two years (on the odd years). The Mayor and the Board of Aldermen President are ex-officio members with full voting rights. The School Committee has regular meetings the first and third Monday of every month during the school year (September through June). Meetings, held in the Aldermanic Chambers at Somerville City Hall, are open to the public. Meetings are broadcast live on Somerville Cable Channel 16.

Subcommittee Meetings and Subcommittee Meetings of the Whole are usually hosted in the Somerville Public Schools Central Office located at 42 Cross Street.  Agendas, Weekly Calls, and Minutes for Regular and Subcommittee meetings are available online under "Meetings" in the menu to the left.

To request meeting handouts and materials, please contact Patti Marques by sending an email to pmarques@k12.somerville.ma.us or calling 617-629-5211.


School Committee Members

Christine T. Rafal, Ward 4: CHAIR

(617) 335-0164, 122 Heath Street, Somerville MA 02145; trafal@k12.somerville.ma.us

Christine Rafal has represented Ward 4 since 2010. She and her husband Howie have two daughters in the Somerville Public Schools. Prior to joining the School Committee, Christine served on the Healey School Council, beginning as a community representative when her elder daughter was one year old. She also taught in an after-school program, served on the after-school program design team, and volunteers for book groups and field trips. Christine's professional background includes teaching English and writing, conducting classroom research, crafting performance assessments, developing online courses, and both writing and adapting special-topic curricula. She is currently the Coordinator for Grants and Evaluation at Artists for Humanity. Christine earned her doctorate in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments.

 

Adam Sweeting, Ward 3: VICE-CHAIR

617-666-8787, 44 Montrose Street Somerville MA 02143, asweeting@k12.somerville.ma.us

Adam Sweeting has represented Ward 3 on the School Committee since 2008 and is the father of two children enrolled in the Somerville Public Schools. Before joining the School Committee he was active in school-specific and city-wide discussions concerning education and was a volunteer coach in the Somerville Youth Soccer League. Mr. Sweeting brings an extensive background in higher education to the School Committee. He earned a doctorate in American Studies in 1993 and since 1996 has been a professor of Humanities at Boston University, where he was named the Teacher/Scholar of the Year in 2006. He served a two-year term (2010-2012) as Chairman of the Boston University Faculty Council. He has also been a member of the BU Board of Trustees since 2010. Mr. Sweeting served as Chair of the School Committee in 2011, and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance & Facilities Subcommittee. Mr. Sweeting is also currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Boston University Children's Center.

 

Steven Roix, Ward 1: 

sroix@k12.somerville.ma.us

 

Dan Futrell, Ward 2:

Somerville MA 02143, dfutrell@k12.somerville.ma.us

Dan Futrell has represented Ward Two since 2014, and currently serves on the Finance and Facilities and the Rules Management subcommittees. Mr. Futrell draws on his experience at the intersection of education, poverty, and business at the youth development nonprofit Year Up, which connects young adults in poverty to professional careers in Somerville and Greater Boston. He currently serves as Year Up's Director of Growth Strategy as the organization moves through an intense growth phase to serve 50% more students, nearly 500/year locally. Previously, Mr. Futrell served as an Infantry Captain in the United States Army, deploying twice to Baghdad, Iraq in 2006 and 2009. During his service, he commanded at the Platoon and Company levels and earned the coveted Ranger tab, a Combat Infantryman's Badge, and was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Mr. Futrell holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard, a Bachelor's in business from Gonzaga University, and is an avid runner with his dog Maggie.

 

Laura Pitone, Ward 5:

lpitone@k12.somerville.ma.us

 

Paul Bockelman, Ward 6:

617-623-8863, 64 Wallace Street, Somerville, MA 02144, pbockelman@k12.somerville.ma.us

Mr. Bockelman has represented Ward Six on the School Committee since 2006. He draws from his substantial experience working with communities and currently serves as the Director of Administration and Finance at the Massachusetts Municipal Association, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of Massachusetts cities and towns. Previously, he served as Town Manager for 13 years in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. He also worked for the City of Cambridge Historical Commission. Mr. Bockelman currently serves as the Chair of the Education Programs and Instruction Subcommittee and Chairs the Search Committee for a New Superintendent.A long time volunteer in the Somerville Public Schools, Paul helped coordinate public participation in the previous School Superintendent search process. As a frequent classroom volunteer at the Healey School, he also served as co-chair of the citywide Choice Program for three years.Paul has served on numerous city committees including the Municipal Building Committee, Charter Committee, and the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS). Mr. Bockelman holds a Masters degree from MIT and a Bachelor's Degree from Hampshire College. He and Cathy have two children Corey and Mattie, who both went through the Somerville Public Schools, and have made Somerville their home for more than 30 years.

 

Carrie Normand, Ward 7:

cnormand@k12.somerville.ma.us

Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor

William A. White, Jr., President - Board of Aldermen