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Seeking candidates to fill vacant At-Large School Committee seat

Posted on May 21, 2024

HOLYOKE — Stating “this year has been particularly challenging for my family,” Erin Brunelle, vice chair of the Holyoke School Committee, submitted her resignation on May 15 to the Holyoke School Committee. Her resignation was effective immediately.

Mayor Garcia expressed his gratitude and appreciation for Brunelle’s 10 years of service on the School Committee.

“I respect her decision to prioritize her family. She has been a dedicated, diligent, effective, committee member and we are sorry to see her leave,” Garcia said.

School Committee member Mildred Lefebvre was appointed interim vice chair of the Holyoke School Committee on Monday, May 20, following a unanimous vote of the nine School Committee members present for the special meeting. Ward 4 Representative Dr. Gloria Caballero-Roca was not in attendance.

According to the Holyoke City Charter, the vacancy Brunelle’s departure creates will be filled by an appointment made jointly by the School Committee, City Council, and the Mayor. The individual appointed will serve out the remainder of Brunelle’s 4-year term as an at-large member of the committee. When that term is up, the at-large seat will be filled by the voters at a regular election.

Brunelle was re-elected to the School Committee last November.

Garcia said, “This is a crucial interval in the city’s history. We’re in the midst of working with the state to emerge from receivership. We need focused, conscientious individuals on our School committee.”

The City of Holyoke invites interested residents to apply for interim appointment to the At-large School Committee seat until succeeded. Those interested are asked to send their letters of interest, accompanied by a resume to:

City of Holyoke Personnel Office
20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Holyoke, MA 01040

Letters of interest and resumes can also be submitted by email to

Applications will be accepted up until June 18, although candidates are encouraged to submit their interest sooner than the deadline. Candidates will be interviewed at the June 18 joint meeting of the Holyoke School Committee, City Council, and Mayor. The successful applicant will serve until succeeded at next local election.

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