May 25, 2022

Chester to Elect Two Region 4 Board of Education Members at Dec. 20 Town Meeting

CHESTER– Voters will elect two new members of the Region 4 Board of Education for vacancy terms at a Dec. 20 town meeting. The town meeting will convene at 7 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House.

The vacancies were created by the recent resignations of two Republicans on the board. Richard Strauss, who had served as board treasurer, resigned in October. Pamela Christman, who served as vice-chairwoman, resigned effective Dec. 6.

The board of selectmen was preparing to fill the two vacancies by appoint, but First Selectman Edmund Meehan announced last week that he was advised by town attorney John Bennet that a town meeting vote was required to fill a vacancy on the regional school board.

The town meeting has a single agenda item, to fill two vacancies on the Region 4 board through the November 2013 town election. The Chester Republican Town Committee has recommended Mario Gioco, the chairman of the town’s zoning board of appeals, to fill one of the openings.

Meehan said last week that at least two other residents had expressed interest in serving on the board. Nominations will be made from the floor of the town meeting, with the top two vote-getters elected to fill the vacant seats.