School Committee, Select Board set timeline to fill Barron vacancy

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Marblehead Select Board has laid out a timeline and process to fill the School Committee seat vacated by Emily Barron in late October.

Select Board Chairman Mosses Grader made the public announcement during a Nov. 16 meeting in Abbot Hall’s Select Board Room – with School Committee members and Superintendent John Buckey present.

More details on how and where residents can submit application materials surfaced on Thursday in a press release.  Candidates will need to concurrently send application materials to the School Committee and the Select Board. 

Two copies of a cover letter and a detailed should be submitted, both on the same day – one to the School Committee and one to the Select Board (by mail, hand-delivered, or by email, addresses below). Deadline for submission is Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

School Administration Office – Attention Ms. Sarah Fox

9 Widger Road, Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945


In the subject line “School Committee application”


Office of the Select Board – Attention Mr. Moses Grader

188 Washington St.

Abbot Hall, Marblehead MA 01945


In the email’s subject line “School Committee application”

The date of interviews and appointment will play out in a joint  School Committee and Select Board meeting set for Wednesday, Dec. 7  in Abbot Hall (More details to follow).

“Please note that the individual appointed by the joint board will serve until the position is filled by the next municipal election scheduled for June 2023,” the School Committee wrote in a brief on Thursday. “If the appointee desires to continue in the position beyond June, the individual will have to seek election to the position on the School Committee.”

The Select Board’s decision to jump start the vacancy-filling process ran contrary to a split vote among the four remaining members on Nov. 1 . The tie resulted in the vacancy remaining unfilled.

“[State law] makes it very clear that the School Committee needs to fill the vacancies through a very specific process involving the Select Board,” Grader said. “We’re going to do this just like we did with the Marblehead Light Department.”

Barron filed her resignation with Marblehead Town Clerk Robin Michaud on Oct. 27, “citing a decision not to implement a solution that would have allowed her to continue her professional work and serve as an elected official under state ethics rules.”

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