School Committee welcomes new members, reorganizes
With two new members on board, the Wareham School Committee reorganized on Wednesday night one day after the Town Election.
Fresh off their uncontested wins, Joyce Bacchiocchi and Laurie Spear joined the committee for its first order of business. Judy Caporiccio was elected as the new chair despite an objection from member Mary Morgan, who herself joined the committee one year ago after winning a seat in the 2016 Town Election.
Morgan said she preferred someone who would be able to attend all of the committee’s meetings. This winter, Caporiccio participated remotely in a handful of meetings, sitting in on the proceedings via speakerphone.
Morgan nominated member Geoff Swett for chair, saying, “He’s here consistently. I would prefer to have a chair that’s here most of the time.”
Swett said he was flattered by the vote of confidence from Morgan. Noting Caporiccio plans to participate remotely only three times this year, Swett said Caporiccio would serve the committee well as chair because she is “always so well prepared.”
The committee voted 4-1 to approve Caporiccio as chair with Morgan voting against.
After that vote, committee members elected Swett as vice chair in a 4-0-1 vote with Swett abstaining. Bacchiocchi was elected as the committee’s clerk unanimously.