Wakefield School Committee

Our Purpose

As instruments of the Massachusetts Legislature, local School Committees derive their authority from Massachusetts General Laws, from statutes and from the regulation of the State Board of Education.

The Wakefield School Committee consists of seven voting members elected to staggered three-year terms. The School Committee operates in accordance with the MGL Ch. 71 and 41 which delegates its authority. The Educational Reform Act of 1993, Ch. 71 S. 37 specifies this authority as follows:

"The School Committee in each city and town and each regional school district shall have the power to select and to terminate the Superintendent, shall review and approve budgets for public education in the district, and shall establish educational goals and policies for the schools in the district, consistent with the requirements of law and statewide goals and standards established by the State Board of Education."

The School Committee determines overall School Department policy and budget. The School Committee conducts public meetings which are broadcast on a local TV station. The Committee and Superintendent continually seek ways to obtain sufficient funding to support its programs from available sources at the local, state and federal levels.

Regular Meetings

The Wakefield School Committee regularly meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, with one meeting in the months of July and December. This schedule is subject to change. The School Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. at the WCAT Studio, directly behind Wakefield Memorial High School and next to the field house.

Staff Contacts

Douglas LyonsSuperintendent of Schools(781) 246-6400 Ext. 6939
Christine BufagnaSchool Business Administrator(781) 246-6400 Ext. 6952
Judy BoutietteSecretary to the School Committee (781) 246-6400 Ext. 6431

Committee Members

NameTitleTerm Ends
Aimee PurcellChair

April 2021

Susan VeilleuxVice ChairApril 2022
Chris CallananMember

April 2023

Thomas MarkhamMemberApril 2022
Colleen GuidaMemberApril 2021
Thomas FlynnMemberApril 2022
Mike BoudreauMemberApril 2023