, Salem, MA


July 6, 2012

Community board set to aid Salem schools

Editor’s note: This is the first in regular series of columns from the Community Advisory Board for the Salem schools. The goal is to keep Salem residents informed and up-to-date on school turnaround efforts. The first column introduces members of the board to the wider community.

Recently established by The Salem Partnership, the Community Advisory Board for the Salem Public Schools will serve as a vehicle for community input into advancing the public schools. The goal of the committee is to serve as a resource for both businesses and residents to have their ideas and concerns heard and to obtain feedback on their efforts. The committee will also present ideas and make recommendations through public forums. Aiding in the turnaround and advocating for the Salem Public Schools is the ultimate objective.

Membership of the Community Advisory Board is composed of a cross section of community leaders to more effectively serve as a liaison between the mayor, superintendent, School Committee and the greater Salem community. Members of the committee are:

Dr. Patricia Maguire Meservey, Salem State University, president of The Salem Partnership, committee chairwoman

George W. Atkins, Ronan, Segal and Harrington, chairman of The Salem Partnership, committee vice chairman

Patricia Zaido, Salem Partnership, committee secretary

Margaret Brennan, North Shore Community Health Inc.

Lucy Corchado, Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Citizens Advisory Board, No Place for Hate committee member

Robert Dionne, Rotary Club

Ellen Galligan, Catholic Charities

Scott Grover, Tinti, Quinn, Grover & Frey, P.C.

Janine Matho, Salem Education Foundation

Betsy Merry, Merry Fox Realty

Rinus Oosthoek, Salem Chamber of Commerce

Richard Pabich, The Salem Inn

Mary Sarris, North Shore Workforce Investment Board

Leanne Schild, Parents United of Salem

Kris Wilson, retired teacher

For questions and comments, please contact: Patricia Zaido, executive director of The Salem Partnership, at 978-741-8100 or

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