The Everett School Committee unanimously elected a new chairman and vice chairman Monday night, as former vice chairman Frank Parker ascended to the Chairman’s post and Bernie D’Onofrio became the vice chairman.
Parker served as the vice chairman for the past two years, during Allen Panarese’s chairmanship and thanked his colleagues for the vote of confidence in appointing him as the next chairman.
“I eagerly look forward to working alongside the new vice chairman, each of you and Superintendent Foresteire,” Parker told the committee.
Parker is a 13-year veteran of the School Committee.
Parker also outlined several priority projects he is hoping to help lead as Chairman including the siting and financing of a new school in Everett, the establishment of a STEM Academy at Everett High School and the continued growth of the Devens School.
“We’ve been able to achieve the financial goal of saving $1.2 million for the school system by providing special needs programs in the school district, but still there is something magical going on at the Devens School,” said Parker. “Now it is time to expand the programming through more outreach.”
D’Onofrio, who is in his second term as a member of the School Committee accepted the vice chairman’s election and said, “This is without a doubt the best group of people I’ve ever worked with.”