Maronski Elected Chair Of School Committee

The School Committee elected Richard
Maronski as its new chair during its first meeting of 2019 at City Hall.
Maronski, who has been a member of the committee for three-and-half years, succeeds Jeanette
Velez, who held the position for the past three years.

“I’m honored to be selected by my colleagues
to lead the School Committee in the coming year,” said Maronski. “I want to
thank Jeannette for her leadership and the commitment he has shown to the
students in Chelsea.”

The son of Ann Maronski and the late Charles
Maronski, Richard is well known in the community. He was the Chelsea High star
quarterback who led coach Bob Fee’s Red Devils to an amazing come-from-behind
34-26 victory over Everett in the 1980 Thanksgiving game. Maronski threw
touchdown passes to Paul Driscoll to spark Chelsea’s rally from a 20-0 deficit.
Some fans call it the greatest game in the long history of the Chelsea-Everett
series that ended in 1989.

Several members of Richard’s family
graduated from Chelsea High School, including several uncles and aunts,
brothers and sisters, in a time period that ranged from the 1930s to 1990s. His
popular sister, Patricia Maronski Yee, was a CHS cheerleader and graduated in
1990. Richard graduated in 1982.

“I’m very proud of my family’s long history
of attending Chelsea schools,” said Maronski. ‘Everyone received a good, solid
all-around education and each has fond memories of their positive experiences
in the Chelsea schools. In particular, my father loved Chelsea. He was there

the day we beat Everett on Thanksgiving.”

Maronski also served as president of the
Chelsea Youth Basketball League and coached two teams in the league. He was
also the CHS freshman boys basketball coach.

A former Chelsea city councillor, Maronski
has established his priorities for the new year.

“My first priority is to form a committee of
Chelsea residents to help select a new school superintendent (Supt. of Schools
Dr. Mary Bourque has announced that she will be retiring from the position),”
said Maronski. “We are working with the Collins Center at UMass in the
selection process.”

Maronski would also like to address the
issue of Chelsea teachers leaving the school system for positions in other
school districts.

“We have a high turnover in teachers in the
Chelsea schools,” said Maronski. “I’d like to see more stability in our
teaching positions.”

Maronski said the School Committee meets the
first Thursday (7 p.m.) of every month. He welcomes parents to attend the
meetings and speak during the public portion.

The School
Committee elected Julio Hernandez as vice chair of the board.

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Maronski Elected Chair Of School Committee

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