School Committee Vice President Scott Wood
After a two-week delay, member Scott Wood was elected vice president of the Haverhill School Committee on Thursday, defeating Sven Amirian by a vote of 4-3.
As expected, the return of committee member Shaun Toohey swung the vote in Wood’s favor, despite a plea from School Committee President Gail Sullivan, who argued that Amirian deserved the chance to serve in a leadership position.
Every other member has been voted by his or her peers to the post of either president or vice president, she said.
At the committee’s last meeting, on Jan. 12, Wood and Amirian each received three votes. Amirian’s nomination was backed by Sullivan and member Paul Magliocchetti, while Wood had the support of former President Maura Ryan-Ciardiello and Mayor James J. Fiorentini, the School Committee’s chairman. Thursday’s vote followed the same pattern, with the addition of Toohey’s tie-breaking vote.