All posts by Paul Schlichtman

Paul Schlichtman is a member of the Arlington School Committee and a Town Meeting Member from Precinct 9. He is a Past President of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. He is a public school administrator who is interested in public governance on the local level.

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

April 10, 2007: I thought this was my last meeting as a member of the Arlington School Committee. I chose not to run for re-election, and at 11:10 p.m. I cast my last vote – to adjourn.

Fast forward to 2012. Joe Curro ran for a seat on the Board of Selectman, topped the ticket, and vacated his school committee seat. On May 3, the rest of the school committee chose a replacement to fill his seat until the next election. Me.

Why did I do it? I like and respect the members of the committee. I also wanted to honor the service of Kathy Fennelly, another experienced member who filled a vacancy during the 2006-07 school year. Having an experienced replacement was a tremendous asset for us five years ago, and I wanted to return the favor.

So, I’m back in. I will try to use this forum to share my thoughts on the topics we are facing on the Sixth Floor (Arlington slang for the administrative offices and the school committee room).

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