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Melrose Mayor Dolan committed to education in new term

MELROSE – Melrose Mayor Robert J. Dolan was sworn into office for another four-year term by City Clerk Mary-Rita O’Shea on Monday evening. US Representative Edward J. Markey attended the event, calling Dolan “one of the greatest mayors in America”. In an address focused on education, Dolan committed his administration to historic investments in the Melrose Public Schools.

In his inaugural address, he committed to renovating Melrose High School as well as pledging to invest $1 million towards the city’s public schools in the next year.

“As the son of an educator, as a product of those schools and as a parent of two children, I have made public education a priority and I will continue to do so,” Dolan said to an audience of nearly 100.

“I plan to increase the city’s contributions to our schools by over $1 million for the first time in our city’s history,” Dolan said.

Dolan also announced that a building committee would be formed next week to plan a multimillion renovation of Melrose High School, pledging to not raise taxes and “do it within our debt limit”. Over the last six years, the city already spent $8 million on improving the high school.

Dolan, who has been Mayor for ten years, also vowed to meet with every business owner that opened in the city in 2011. He hopes to inquire about bringing their business to Melrose, and determine ways that could improve and further future business development, a priority for his administration in the next four years.

As other Mayors in the region have done, Dolan also announced that Melrose would begin to embrace the use of social media in order to communicate more effectively and instantly with a Twitter feed available at www.twitter.com/CityofMelrose.

Dolan will also launch his own monthly blog on the City of Melrose website that will focus on “ideas for our community”.

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