City councillors and members of the School Committee met together this week to appoint the defeated runner-up in the last election to fill the vacancy of Susan Gravellese, who recently resigned to take on the role of the city’s health and wellness coordinator. The vote to appoint Jacqueline Monterosso was unanimous and quick, but the meeting continued so Revere could celebrate the first Latina serving on the city’s School Committee.
Monterosso thanked a small crowd who turned out to watch her appointment. “I think this is a testament to what we represent,” she said. “This room is filled with students, educators, union leaders and elected officials. We represent all people and serve all people in Revere.”
Acting Mayor Patrick Keefe said it was an exciting day for Revere. “But first, I want to say farewell and thank you to Susan Gravellese. Her shoes are going to be very large to fill.”
“Jacqueline represents the first Latina to serve on the School Committee. There’s a lot of proud parents and students watching today,” added Keefe.
State Representative Jessica Giannino came with warm wishes and a bouquet of flowers. “Growing up in Revere, I think it’s so important to be able to see yourself in your elected officials,” said Giannino. “Jacky brings a beautiful example of that. Growing up, I saw a 28-year-old woman run for state representative and I knew I could be state representative. Now there’s a new generation of women leaders in the city of Revere.”