District School Committee

District School Committee


AVON               Mr. Franicis J. Fistori '75

BRAINTREE    Mr. Eric C. Erskine '81 SECRETARY

CANTON          Mr. Aidan G. Maguire, Jr. '79

DEDHAM         Mr. Thomas R. Polito, Jr. VICE CHAIR

HOLBROOK    Mr. Michael C. Franzosa '10

MILTON           Mr. Festus Joyce

NORWOOD     Mr. Kevin L. Connolly

RANDOLPH    Mrs. Marybeth Nearen CHAIRMAN

WESTWOOD  Mr. Charles W. Flahive

Marybeth Nearen is only the second woman in BHR District School Committee history to serve as chair. She is also just the third woman to be on the DSC. Please read more about her in this story from the Randolph Herald 08-15-17: Marybeth Nearen of Randolph becomes DSC chair


Mr. Charles W. Flahive of Westwood has been recognized by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees / the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASC/MASS) with the Lifetime Achievement award. At the time of the award, Mr. Flahive was Chairman of the District School Committee.

Lifetime Achievement is a designation established to honor individuals who, through their service to their community and their local school committee, have exhibited the best characteristics of public service.


2016 Election Results from November 8:

DSC Election Results document  please click here


DSC Contact Info: jkuzborski@bluehills.org for Joanne Kuzborski, District School Committee Secretary

DSC@bluehills.org for District School Committee

DSC members attendance   click here

District Policy Book  click here


53rd DSC Organization List  click here

Nominations and elections of Chairman, Vice Chair and Secretary for school year 2017-18 were conducted at the DSC meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

The results were as follows:  Chairman Marybeth Nearen (Randolph), Vice Chair Thomas R. Polito, Jr. (Dedham), and Secretary Eric C. Erskine (Braintree).












Charles W. Flahive (Westwood)

Charles W. Flahive  click here for photo

Where are you from originally?


Why do you like being on the District School Committee?

I like working in education and making good schools better, and working with students, parents, and teachers.  I am still on a number of committees.

What is your educational background?

I am a graduate of Boston University, B.S., M.Ed.   Also attended Northeastern University, Tufts University, etc.

What things do you like to do in your spare time?

I love sports with my family, giving back to my community, and my grandkids.  I spent forty-five years as a teacher and administrator at Westwood.  Also as an administrator in New Hampshire and at King Philip High School.

Who are your heroes?

My mother...my wife and family...and my good friend and coworker, Phillip Flaherty, who worked with me at Westwood High School and on the MASA and MIAA.

Best advice you ever received

Be honest, work.hard, and take people for what they are. I also love Maine.

Chairman Marybeth Nearen (Randolph)

Marybeth Nearen   click here for photo

Where are you from originally? 

My parents built our family home in Randolph, Mass. in 1949.

Why do you like being on the District School Committee? 

I enjoy advocating for/with students, parents and community members.

What is your educational background? 

Since 2005 I have been an active elected School Committee member for Randolph working with the Department of Education, Senators, Representatives, Town Council, creating policy and seeing that students have the tools needed to succeed. I was also a teacher's aide for a high-quality private nursery school teaching pre-school children motor skills, social skills, pre-math and pre-literacy skills. Currently I have a license to sell real estate in Massachusetts and went to college for Business Administration/Contract Law.  

What things do you like to do in your spare time?

I love spending time with my family, cooking, reading and volunteering in the community.

Who are your heroes?  

To me, anyone who stands up and advocates for what they believe in is a hero. So many examples, but some famous ones that come to mind are Maya Angelou, United States military personnel and Abraham Lincoln. I believe these three are heroes because they all advocate/advocated for freedom without expecting anything in return. A true hero, in my eyes, doesn't expect to be rewarded because the satisfaction of helping others is their passion and reward. 

Best advice you ever received 

In order to be happy in life, you follow your passion when selecting a career. There are few feelings better than achieving a level of success you set out for yourself. Remember work does not have to be something that you dislike doing, stay true to yourself and always do what makes you happy.

Kevin L. Connolly (Norwood)

Kevin L. Connolly  click here for photo

Where are you from originally?


Why do you like being on the District School Committee?

I like education. I love politics. It's a way of affecting a lot of people's lives for the better, I am hoping. And ultimately I believe that is why we are all here.

What is your educational background?

I have an associate’s degree from MassBay College. 

What things do you like to do in your spare time?

Sports, movies, going on trivia sites and answering trivia questions. And watching the local sports teams, like the Red Sox, as much as I can.

Who are your heroes?  

John F. Kennedy is my first hero. Bobby Orr of the Bruins. My big brother James, who graduated from Blue Hills Regional, Class of ’75.

Best advice you ever received

JFK's quote: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Find something that you are good at and stick with it.

Francis J. Fistori BHR ’75 (Avon)

Francis J. Fistori  click here for photo

Where are you from originally?

I was born in Somerville and moved to Avon in 1963

Why do you like being on the District School Committee?

I enjoy working with the committee for the benefit of the school and the students.

What is your educational background?

Blue Hills graduate Auto Repair program in 1975

What things do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with my family and tinkering with custom cars and motorcycles

Who are your heroes?

My father because he always gave me what I needed not what I wanted, this taught me to work hard for the material things I wanted.

Best advice you ever received?

Keep pushing towards your goals even if they don’t seem attainable.

Aidan G. Maguire, Jr. BHR ’79 (Canton)

Aidan G. Maguire, Jr.

Where are you from originally?

Originally from Lynn, moved to Randolph in 1976.

Why do you like being on the District School Committee?

My way of giving back to help the kids.

What is your educational background?

Blue Hills grad 1979, five years of pipefitters training HVAC.

What things do you like to do in your spare time?

Golf, watch sports and auto racing

Who are your heroes?

Harry Truman, “The Great Satchmo,” Louis Armstrong

Best advice you ever received

“There is no such thing as a stupid question if you learn something.”

The District School Committee conducts its regular business meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the William T. Buckley District School Committee Meeting Room (207A) at 7 p.m. unless otherwise notified.

School Choice:

School Choice for School Year 2016-17

School Choice letter for School Year 2015-16

School Choice for School Year 2013-14 (PDF)

School Choice for School Year 2012-13 (PDF)


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