Four candidates vie for Amherst School Committee seat

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Staff Writer
Published: 4/3/2020 11:02:25 AM
Modified: 4/3/2020 11:02:12 AM

AMHERST — A vacant position on the Amherst School Committee will be filled by one of four residents who have submitted letters of interest in serving.

The candidates for the position, previously held by Eric Nakajima prior to his March 1 resignation, are Gastón de los Reyes, Jr, 45 Canton Ave.; Ryan P. Driscoll, 384 Henry St.; Katie Lazdowski, 20 Overlook Drive; and Heather A. Lord, 700F Riverglade Drive. 

The Town Council and remaining members of the School Committee will interview the candidates and vote to fill the vacancy at a virtual joint special meeting April 14 at 6 p.m. Should there be technical difficulties preventing the interviews and a vote, the meeting will be continued to April 16, also at 6 p.m.

Amherst School Committee Chairwoman Allison McDonald said in a statement that the candidate selected will have important and challenging work ahead on both the five-member town committee and the nine-member regional committee.

“We are fortunate to have such strong interest from the community in serving our public schools,” McDonald said.

The Town Council and School Committee have come up with a set of questions that the candidates will be asked to answer during the interviews, which will be done through a Zoom webinar. Amherst Media will broadcast the meeting live on channel 17.

The town charter requires a roll call vote of both elected committees, with the candidate selected mandated to receive at least nine votes, representing a majority of votes of the 13 councilors and four committee members.

The candidate chosen will serve until Jan. 3, 2022, and can run for a two-year position Nov. 2, 2021. 

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