Bill Dennen sworn in to school board

Bill Dennen sworn in to school board

Bill Dennen takes the oath of office as a member of the Cumberland School Committee, sworn in by Mayor Daniel McKee at Tuesday evening's committee meeting.

CUMBERLAND - Bill Dennen took a seat on the School Committee for the first time at Tuesday's special meeting, replacing Craig Duffy, who moved out of District 2 in early July.

Dennen, 43, a senior web developer at Brown University, lives on Royal Court, and is married to Megan Dennen. They have two children, Henry and Owen, in grades 5 and 3 at Community School.

Dennen says his family counts 75 years in Cumberland. "I grew up and went to school in Cumberland, graduating from Cumberland High in 1988. Cumberland schools prepared me well for college and my career. When it came time to start my own family, Cumberland was a logical choice for many reasons."

He earned a master's in political science from Stony Brook University in New York after studying political science as well, as an undergraduate in Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

In the community, he's been involved with his son's Cub Scout Pack 2 Cumberland Hill, and volunteered for Franklin Farm and the Arnold Mills Parade and Road Race, including providing technical/web support for them.

Meanwhile, Duffy isn't disappearing from the school board. Duffy moved to District 4 and is running for the at-large seat that Vice Chairman Jeff Mutter is giving up after November.

None of the board members have opponents this November, including Dennen, who was named to the board by the Town Council earlier this month.

Dennen told The Breeze, "In the past few years, the Cumberland schools have seen quite a bit of change. During this time, I have tried to immerse myself in both sides of the changes: I have been attending School Committee meetings regularly and this has given me insight into how education decisions are made. Also, through my involvement on the Concerned Cumberland Parents Facebook group, I have seen the impact that change can have on students and their families.

"Overall, I think the school district has made many positive changes recently and I plan to help keep the forward momentum going as a member of the School Committee. I will do my best to support high quality public education in Cumberland and to represent the residents of my district."