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.
Perrin thanked Supt. Lisa Howard and her staff â€œfor all they do every day to make the Winthrop School System the best it can be.â€
â€œTheir hard work and efforts are truly noticed and appreciated,â€ he said. â€œRegardless of the challenges that arose throughout my tenure, they met them head on and overcame them.â€
Perrin also congratulated the newly elected School Committee members.
â€œItâ€™s time for fresh perspectives to solve problems and create innovative solutions,â€ he told the Gazette.
Perrinâ€™s colleagues on the School Committee only had positive things to say about his service.
â€œHis dedication was apparent as he led the School Committee through a difficult time,â€ said Vice Chair Jen Powell. â€œHis focus was always on trying to make decisions in the best interest of students.â€
â€œI learned a lot under [Brianâ€™s] leadership,â€ said Julie Barry. â€œIâ€™m proud of our accomplishments for the children of this district.â€
â€œIt has been my great honor to serve with Brian and I am fortunate to have him as my close friend,â€ Gus Martucci said. â€œMany students have benefited from his service to the School Department.â€
â€œBrian was able to maintain a sense of calm through this tumultuous year,â€ said Suzanne Swope. â€œHe brought his expertise as a lawyer and knowledge of the community as a longtime resident.â€
Town Councilor Rob DeMarco also weighed in.
â€œ[Brian] deserves a lot of credit for dealing with frustrated and angry parents during COVID, which must have been unbelievably difficult,â€ he said. â€œHe has more than earned a break.â€
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.
â€œI was lucky to have served with some of the brightest and hardworking people I have ever known over the past 33 years,â€ Perrin said. â€œI appreciate the many years I have been allowed to serve the people of Winthrop.â€