Somerville School Committee
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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.
Subcommittees of the Somerville School Committee are where much of business associated with overseeing the Somerville Public Schools happens. There are three subcommittees of the School Committee composed of the following members:
In addition, the Committee for Long Range Planning is a Standing Committee of the Whole. It is chaired by the Chair of the School Committee.
Subcommittee Meetings and Subcommittee Meetings of the Whole are usually hosted in the Somerville Public Schools Central Office located at 42 Cross Street. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings. Agendas, Weekly Calls, and Minutes for Regular and Subcommittee meetings are available online under "School Committee Meetings" in the menu to the left.
The School Committee also has a representative on the Board of Directors of Shore Collaborative. Paul Bockelman is the current representative.
The School Committee representative serving on the Somerville High School Building Committee is Steve Roix.
The School Committee representative serving on the SPS Educational Technology Committee is Laura Pitone.
To request meeting handouts and materials, please contact Patti Marques by sending an email to email@example.com or calling 617-629-5211.
School Committee Members
CARRIE NORMAND, Ward 7: SCHOOL COMMITTEE CHAIR; Committee for Long-Range Planning (Chair)
(617) 623-0321; 25 Kingston Street, Somerville MA 02144; firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Normand has represented Ward 7 on the School Committee since 2014. She is currently Chair of the School Committee and also chairs the Committee of the Whole for Long-Range Planning. Carrie's experience as an active Somerville community member and youth advocate include serving as the Healey School Improvement Council co-Chair, and active membership in the PTA and the Somerville Special Education Parent Advisory Council. She has worked with Somerville Public Schools students as a literacy and math tutor. Carrie's local community work also included being a Somerville Youth Hockey parent representative and a writing instructor for the Somerville Council on Aging. As a Somerville Special Education Advocacy Project Fellow for Massachusetts Advocates for Children, she extended her advocacy work to the state level. Carrie has lived in Somerville for more than 20 years with her husband, David Zraket. They have two boys attending the Somerville Public Schools.
PAUL BOCKELMAN, Ward 6: School Committee Vice Chair; Finance & Facilities Subcommittee (Chair); Shore Collaborative Representative
(617) 623-8863, 64 Wallace Street, Somerville, MA 02144, email@example.com
Mr. Bockelman has represented Ward 6 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 serves on the Education Programs and Instruction Subcommittee and is the Somerville School Committee's Shore Collaborative Representative. He chaired the 2014 School Committee Superintendent Search process. A long time volunteer in the Somerville Public Schools, Paul also 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.
STEVEN ROIX, Ward 1: Educational Programs and Instruction Subcommittee (Chair); Rules Management Subcommittee (Vice Chair); SHS Building Committee Representative
(617) 863-7649; 21 Pinkney Street, Somerville MA 02145; firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Roix has represented Ward 1 on the School Committee since 2013. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Rules Management Subcommittee. A lifetime resident of Massachusetts, Steve grew up in Athol, MA. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is an engineer for the railroad industry. Steve and his family have been East Somerville residents for 10 years. He and his wife, Julie, have been actively involved in various community organizations including East Somerville Main Streets, Somerville Dog Owners Group, East Somerville Neighbors for Change, and the Capuano Early Childhood Center School Improvement Council. Steve and Julie have two children enrolled in the Somerville Public Schools.
DAN FUTRELL, Ward 2: Rules Management Subcommittee (Chair); Finance & Facilities Subcommittee (Vice Chair)
(617) 651-1070; 20 Concord Avenue #1, Somerville MA 02143; email@example.com
Dan Futrell has represented Ward 2 since 2014. He currently chairs the Rules Management subcommittee and is Vice-chair of the Finance and Facilities subcommittee. 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. 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.
LEE ERICA PALMER, Ward 3: Rules Management Subcommittee
(781) 330-1740; Pitman Street, Somerville MA 02145; firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Erica Palmer has been serving as the Ward 3 School Committee representative since January of 2016. She is currently a member of Rules Management subcommittee. Lee is an educator, community organizer, and public interest attorney who has lived in Somerville’s Spring Hill neighborhood since 2004. Lee’s school-aged son, Andrew, was born in Somerville and attends the the Unidos program at the East Somerville Community School, the city’s two-way English/Spanish language and cultural immersion program. Lee chose to raise her son in Somerville because of its strong sense of community, as well as the rich cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity Somerville offers families. In her role as an educator, Lee taught high school Spanish in the Boston Public Schools. More recently she served as Executive Director of Kesher, a Somerville-based after-school and pre-school program. Additionally, she has worked with the Somerville School Department and the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative as the coordinator for the 2014 Early Childhood Literacy Fair and the 2015 Summer Camp and Activities Fair. Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (dual major in Political Science and Spanish Language) from the University of Michigan in 2001, earned her Master’s degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts in 2003, and received her Juris Doctor from the Northeastern University of School of Law in 2011.
ANDRE L. GREEN, Ward 4: Educational Programs and Instruction Subcommittee
(617) 201-9512; 88 Governor Winthrop Road, Somerville MA 02145; email@example.com
Andre L. Green has been serving as the Ward 4 School Committee representative since January of 2016. He is currently a member of Educational Programs and Instruction subcommittee.
LAURA PITONE, Ward 5: Educational Programs and Instruction Subcommittee (Vice-Chair), Finance & Facilities Subcommittee, Educational Technology Committee Representative
(617) 776-6035; 46 Rogers Ave., Somerville MA 02144; firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Pitone has represented Ward 5 on the School Committee since 2014. She is currently vice chair of the Educational Programs and Instruction Subcommittee, serves on the Finance & Facilities Subcommittee, and is the representative on the SPS Educational Technology Committee. Laura originally moved to the area to attend college and quickly found herself drawn to Somerville's "diversity and small-scale urban environment." She has been a Somerville resident for 12 years. Laura's experience in data analysis, team-building and budget management, along with her commitment to participatory leadership, have helped her excel in industry and community work. She earned an engineering degree from MIT and a business degree from Babson College, and has worked as a manufacturing engineer and information technology consultant. She was a member of the Healey School Improvement Council for three years, where her leadership, communication and team-building skills helped ensure the successful redesign of two distinct programs at the school into a unified program. Laura has also served on the Somerville City and Schools Children and Youth Study Team, and the Somerville Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SPED-PAC). Laura and her husband, Tom Cole, have two children enrolled at the Healey School.
Joe Curtatone has been Mayor of Somerville since 2003. Prior to that he served as a member of the Board of Aldermen. Learn more about Mayor Curtatone on the City of Somerville website.
Mary Skipper joined the Somerville Public Schools as Superintendent in July of 2015, following an outstanding career at Boston Public Schools (BPS). Most recently, she was Network Superintendent of Schools for BPS, where she oversaw BPS' 34 high schools serving approximately 19,500 students. Under her leadership as Network Superintendent, Boston high schools achieved the lowest drop-out and the highest graduation rates in BPS history. Among her most notable accomplishments while at BPS, Superintendent Skipper helped launch TechBoston Academy (TBA) as the founding Headmaster in 2002. During her tenure as TBA Headmaster, the Academy grew from a 9-12 high school serving 75 students, to a 6-12 school with a staff of more than 100 serving a diverse student population of more than 1,000, 30% of which were English Language Learners and 25% of which were Special Education students. Additional roles Superintendent Skipper held at BPS included Assistant Academic Superintendent for Pilot Schools, and Technology Project Manager within the Office of Instructional Technology.
Superintendent Skipper holds a Bachelor's in English and Latin from Tufts University. She earned a Master's in Education Policy from Harvard and a Master's in Urban Education Leadership from Columbia Teachers College. She is currently working toward her Doctorate in Urban Education Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.
Superintendent Skipper and her husband Peter, a teacher at BC High School, have three children: Kassie, a teacher in Denver; Lani, who leads a Farm to Table initiative in the midwest; and Peter, who works at Deloitte in Washington, D.C.