The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week Ward 6 School Committee Person Paul Bockelman

Mr. Bockelman has represented Ward Six on the School Committee since 2006. He draws from his substantial experience working with communities and currently serves as the Director of Administration and Finance at the Massachusetts Municipal Association, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of Massachusetts cities and towns.
Previously, he served as Town Manager for 13 years in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. He also worked for the City of Cambridge Historical Commission. Mr. Bockelman currently served as the Chair of the Education Programs and Instruction Subcommittee and Chairs the Search Committee for a New Superintendent. A long time volunteer in the Somerville Public Schools, Paul helped coordinate public participation in the previous School Superintendent search process. As a frequent classroom volunteer at the Healey School, he also served as co-chair of the citywide Choice Program for three years. Paul has served on numerous city committees including the Municipal Building Committee, Charter Committee, and the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS). Mr. Bockelman holds a Masters degree from MIT and a Bachelor’s Degree from Hampshire College. He and Cathy have two children Corey and Mattie, who both went through the Somerville Public Schools, and have made Somerville their home for more than 30 years.

Paul is always there to lend a helping hand when needed to assist people in need and he keeps a close eye the Somerville School System to make sure things are always running smoothly for our children of Somerville!

We here at the Somerville News Weekly salute you for everything that you do to make Somerville a better place.


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