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Easthampton City Council to review candidates for school board seat

Four local residents have expressed interest in being appointed to the School Committee to fill an opening created by the resignation earlier this month of board member Bonnie Katusich due to family demands.

The City Council has scheduled a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Mar. 27 at 50 Payson Ave. to make an appointment to the board for the remainder of the calendar year.

The four candidates and their backgrounds, according to letters of interest submitted to city School Superintendent Nancy Follansbee, are:

∎ Teresa S. Barut, a city resident since 1999, who teaches math at Hampshire Regional High School and serves on the Hampshire Regional Education Association and the board of the Massachusetts Teachers Association;

∎ Laurie A. Garcia, a 19-year resident with 25 years of experience teaching in public and private schools. Now a world languages teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School, Garcia formerly taught at Hampshire Regional High School and the MacDuffie School in Springfield;

∎ Lois B. Levin, a resident since 1986, whose two children graduated from the Easthampton schools. A clinical dietition at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Levin is a member of the Easthampton Schools Wellness Committee and the city’s Prevention Task Force;

∎ and Laura Scott, a former public school teacher, whose two children attend pre-school and kindergarten in Easthampton. Scott, who works for Jones Group Realtors, has lived in Easthampton for the past five years and formerly taught social studies in Holyoke public schools.

— BARBARA SOLOW

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