August 14, 2022

Chester has Two Region 4 Board of Education Vacancies

CHESTER— The board of selectmen will be filling two vacancies on the Region 4 Board of Education by appointment through the 2013 town election. The second vacancy takes effect on Dec. 6 with the resignation of Pamela Christman, the board’s current vice-chairwoman.

Christman, a Republican, was narrowly elected to a six-year term on the board in 2009. She served previously as a member and chairwoman of the Chester Board of Education. Richard Strauss, another Republican who served as the treasurer of the nine-member regional board, had resigned in October. Strauss’s term expires in 2013. The town’s other member, Democrat Elaine Fitzgibbons, was re-elected to a second term on the board in the Nov. 8 election.

The Chester Republican Town Committee last month recommended Mario Gioco for appointment to the vacancy created by the Strauss resignation. But with the town election only weeks away, the board of selectmen decided to defer action on the appointment until a newly elected board was seated for the 2011-2013 term. Gioco, the chairman of the town committee, is also a longtime member and chairman of the zoning board of appeals.

Democrat Edmund Meehan was elected on Nov. 8, with Democratic Selectman Larry Sypher and Republican Selectman Tom Englert also returning for second terms on the board. The board is expected to discuss the Region 4 vacancies when it holds its first meeting on Dec. 6.

The individuals appointed to the vacancies will serve until November 2013, when both seats will be on the municipal election ballot. The selectmen’s vacancy appointees are not required to be a member of any particular political party.