School Committee Recognizes Perrin for 12 Years of Service

On Dec. 20, School Committee Chair Brian Perrin received a special citation for his service on the board over the past 12 years.

Perrin, who is a practicing attorney, chose not to run for another term and will instead be focusing on his law office, Perrin & Perrin. He called his tenure on the School Committee both challenging and rewarding.

Brian Perrin receives a plaque from School Committeeman Gus Martucci. Looking on are from left Patty Hames Executive Secretary, School Committee members, Julie Barry, Martucci, Perrin, Suzanne Swope, Lisa Howard, Superintendent and Phil Boncore, Council President.

Perrin thanked Supt. Lisa Howard and her staff “for all they do every day to make the Winthrop School System the best it can be.”

“Their hard work and efforts are truly noticed and appreciated,” he said. “Regardless of the challenges that arose throughout my tenure, they met them head on and overcame them.”

Perrin also congratulated the newly elected School Committee members.

“It’s time for fresh perspectives to solve problems and create innovative solutions,” he told the Gazette.

Perrin’s colleagues on the School Committee only had positive things to say about his service.

“His dedication was apparent as he led the School Committee through a difficult time,” said Vice Chair Jen Powell. “His focus was always on trying to make decisions in the best interest of students.”

“I learned a lot under [Brian’s] leadership,” said Julie Barry. “I’m proud of our accomplishments for the children of this district.”

“It has been my great honor to serve with Brian and I am fortunate to have him as my close friend,” Gus Martucci said. “Many students have benefited from his service to the School Department.”

“Brian was able to maintain a sense of calm through this tumultuous year,” said Suzanne Swope. “He brought his expertise as a lawyer and knowledge of the community as a longtime resident.”

Town Councilor Rob DeMarco also weighed in.

“[Brian] deserves a lot of credit for dealing with frustrated and angry parents during COVID, which must have been unbelievably difficult,” he said. “He has more than earned a break.”

In addition to his tenure on the School Committee, Perrin served on numerous boards for over three decades: Town Meeting, Parks & Recreation, the Zoning Board of Appeals, Handicapped Affairs and the Retirement Board. He also served as a Selectman and a Winthrop Police Lieutenant.

“I was lucky to have served with some of the brightest and hardworking people I have ever known over the past 33 years,” Perrin said. “I appreciate the many years I have been allowed to serve the people of Winthrop.”

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