Paul Schlichtman served as President of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees in 2004. As President, Mr. Schlichtman was an activist who focused his presidency on strengthening the voice of school committee members across the Commonwealth.
Mr. Schlichtman is in his sixteenth year of school
committee service for the Town of Arlington. He served
four years as a member of the Minuteman Regional
Vocational-Technical School Committee (1997-2001) before
his election to the Arlington School Committee in 2001. He
was re-elected in 2004, and chose not to seek re-election
at the completion of his term in April, 2007.
Mr. Schlichtman returned to the Arlington School
Committee in May, 2012, when he was appointed by the
committee to fill the vacancy created when Joseph Curro,
Jr. was elected to the Board of Selectmen. He was elected
to finish the term in 2013, and was re-elected to three
year terms in 2014 and 2017
He has served two terms as chair, vice-chair, and
secretary to the Arlington School Committee. He served on
the Superintendent Search, Budget, Curriculum Instruction
Assessment and Accountability, Community Relations, and
Policies and Procedures subcommittees. He is also an
elected member of Arlington's Representative Town Meeting,
representing Precinct 9, and has served as a Town Meeting
Member for twenty-one years (1993-2003 and 2006-present).
Mr. Schlichtman was an active participant on the MASC
Board of Directors for eight years, serving in 2003 as the
Association's President-Elect, and formerly as Vice Chair
and Chair of Division II. He has served as Chair of the
MASC Resolutions and Nominations subcommittee. He has also
served as a member of NSBA's Federal Relations Network and
as a delegate to the NSBA Delegate Assembly. He continues
to serve as a member of the Advocacy and Regional School
Mr. Schlichtman also serves as a member of the School and
District Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council to
the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary
Education. He is also a member of the Urban School
Improvement Alliance Core Planning Group for the Northeast
& Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at EDC.
Mr. Schlichtman previously served for three years as a member of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Local Government. He also served on the state's Special Commission to Investigate and Study Middle Education in the Commonwealth. He was also the National School Board Association representative to the Education Commission of the States - Wallace Foundation Data Informed Decision Making Leadership Issue Group.
To give MASC a stronger policy voice on Beacon Hill, he formed the association's Advocacy Committee, which is charged with organizing support and advancing the legislative agenda adopted at the association's Annual Meeting.
As a district administrator, former principal and classroom teacher (elementary and high school mathematics), Mr. Schlichtman has a wealth of experience in school finance, curriculum, accountability, and student assessment. His experience provides him with an understanding of the relationship between policy and practice in public education. A graduate of the City University of New York and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he is currently Coordinator of Research, Testing and Assessment for the Lowell Public Schools.
Paul Schlichtman • 47
Mystic Street - 8C • Arlington MA 02474 • 781.641.3401
Saturday, April 1, 2017