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Town officials have chosen local resident Lisa Fiore, dean of faculty at Lesley University, to fill an interim seat on the School Committee. The position, left vacant when Pascha Griffiths resigned from the committee in August, will be on the town election ballot in April. In a joint session Monday night, the Board of Selectmen and five remaining School Committee members chose Fiore over the other finalist, former school board member Elizabeth Gibson, in a 6 to 2 vote, said School Committee chairwoman Laurie Graham. A vote taken the previous week had ended in a 4-4 tie. During Monday’s meeting, the two candidates read statements about their accomplishments and strengths, and what they would bring to the School Committee, Graham said. In her letter, Fiore cited her career as an education professor at Lesley, and noted she also sits on various education and parenting boards throughout the region. She regularly volunteers at schools, and has spent a good part of her career culling through textbook manuscripts, Fiore said in her letter. Graham said the School Committee faces a full slate, including overseeing the search for a new superintendent, with the district’s interim leader, Thomas Kingston, set to leave next summer. The committee hopes to have the position filled by the December holiday break, with the new superintendent in line to start on July 1 , she said. The committee will also be preparing for negotiations with the school system’s union employees and the district’s budget for next year, Graham said. The school board is accepting applications from candidates for superintendent until Oct. 15; for more information, visit www.belmont.k12.ma.us.

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