Newcomer Consalvo is named BOE chair

Less than a week after earning a seat on the Plainville Board of Education, Republican Lori Consalvo was selected to lead the nine-member group.

At the Nov. 8 BOE meeting, a 5-4 vote gave Consalvo the chairmanship. She was nominated by Democrat Rebecca Martinez. Becky Tyrrell, who is also a Democrat, seconded the motion.

Before Consalvo won the chairmanship, another newcomer to the board, Republican Rachel Buchanan, was nominated for the position but fell short in the vote count, 4-5.

Buchanan was nominated by fellow Republican Deborah Hardy. Newly-seated Republican Cassandra Clark seconded the motion.

Later in the meeting, Hardy was named vice chair on a 9-0 vote.

In the 2021 municipal election, which came to a close on Nov. 2, Plainville Republicans maintained control of the Town Council, and added to their majority; and of the four Board of Education seats up for grabs, GOP candidates captured three.

In the race for BOE, the top vote-getters were Buchanan (1,893), Consalvo (1,852) and Clark (1,851).

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