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Charlestown Resident Reappointed to School Board

Michael O'Neill will be sworn in to a second term on the Boston School Committee on Jan. 4.

Charlestown resident Michael O'Neill will be sworn in to his second term on the Boston School Committee this Friday.

O’Neill, 52, has served one four-year term on the committee and has served as the board's vice chairman since January 2012. He will be sworn in to a second term, expiring Jan. 2, 2017, during a ceremony on Friday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m., according to a press release from Mayor Thomas Menino's office.

“Michael O’Neill has been a valued member of the Boston School Committee, providing insight and expertise in the areas of financial strategies and youth development,” Menino said in a statement posted on the city website. “He has served with professionalism and integrity, and I am honored to reappoint him.”

O’Neill, 52, has a Master's in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College and is the senior vice president of marketing and distribution at SBLI of Massachusetts, according to the press release.

"Currently a Charlestown resident, O’Neill grew up in West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park, and is a graduate of the Boston Public Schools. He is the board chair of the Boston Private Industry Council’s Youth Council and an active member of the Boston PIC’s Workforce Development Committee," according to the press release.

The seven-member Boston School Committee governs and sets policy for Boston Public Schools. All Boston residents are eligible to apply for a position on the board, with nominations made in the fall. Candidates are recommended to the mayor after review by a nominating panel made up of Boston residents. 

“The School Committee plays a key role in the partnership between the School Department and the community and will face a complex and exciting year as they take on student assignment and strategic planning,” Menino said. “I was most impressed by the quality of candidates this year and thank the teachers, parents and community members who helped nominate our applicants and facilitate the process.”

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