WEST NEWBURY — Superintendent Justin Bartholomew is pleased to announce Chris Markuns has been appointedas the newest School Committee member for the Pentucket Regional School District.
The School Committee consists of nine representatives, three from each of the sending towns in the district. Markuns is one of the three representatives for the Town of Merrimac and plans to help support the work the district is doing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Pentucket School system has been a part of my family’s life for most of the 20-plus years we’ve lived here, and I’m happy to have a chance to give a little back,” Markuns said. “District leaders, families, teachers and staff have really done incredible things — basically reinventing school — to get through the past 10 months or so, and they deserve some support to keep that going and hopefully get back to the good work happening before last March.”
Markuns has worked in communications for Lawrence Public Schools since 2012. His twin daughters graduated from Pentucket High School in 2019 and his son is currently a junior at the high school. All three have attended Merrimac and Pentucket schools throughout their academic careers.
Markuns will serve in this role until at least the spring of 2021. His seat will be on the ballot for the 2021 Town Meeting.
“We are thrilled to have Chris serve on our school committee and would like to extend a warm welcome as he settles into his role,” Superintendent Bartholomew said. “Our school committee plays a vital role for the communities they serve and represent, and have done an incredible job through the pandemic in finding a balance between protecting the health and safety of our community and ensuring our students have the best possible educational experience.”