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Ringius Elected School Committee Chair

The committee also tackled the Braintree High Program of Studies, upcoming renovations at East Middle and other issues Monday.

Mayor Joseph Sullivan giving the oath of office to newly-elected chair of the Braintree School Committee David Rigius, Jr.
Mayor Joseph Sullivan giving the oath of office to newly-elected chair of the Braintree School Committee David Rigius, Jr.
David Ringius, Jr., a longtime Braintree School Committee's member and an assistant district attorney, was unanimously elected chair by his colleagues Monday night.

Ringius takes on the leadership role for the next two years. He was first elected to the committee in 2007, and along with Mayor Joseph Sullivan is the longest-serving member. 

The Town Charter prohibits the mayor from becoming chair. Previous chair Shannon Hume is now serving on the Town Council after being elected a councilor-at-large last November.

Ringius said the committee faces "tough decisions" in the months ahead on the school budget and space issues, and that new members Cyril Chafe, Kate Naughton and George Kokoros will have "no easy learning curve," but will offer a fresh perspective.

"We must strive to make informed decision as we go through this process," Ringius said of making plans for space needs, adding that the committee should move ahead in a "concrete and defined manner."

Ringius is a 1998 graduate of Braintree High School and works for Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey. He was re-elected to a four-year School Committee term in November.

"We're looking forward to a fruitful journey with the whole group," Superintendent Dr. Maureen Murray said.

Lisa Fiske Heger was voted vice chair by her colleagues, and Tom Devin was voted recording secretary. Heger and Devin, both elected to the committee in 2011, also received unanimous votes. 

Look for more information on the committee's work Monday night on Braintree Patch.

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