Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and other recently-elected city officials will gather Monday morning at Collins Middle School for Salem's Inaugural Ceremony.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. in the school's auditorium. A reception will follow in the lobby.
Driscoll, who will be sworn in for the third time, will join members of the Salem City Council and School Committee during the ceremony.
They include Thomas Furey, William Legault, Elaine Milo, and Arthur Sargent as Councilors-at-Large, as well as Robert McCarthy as Ward 1 Councilor, Heather Famico as Ward 2 Councilor, Todd Siegel as Ward 3 Councilor, David Eppley as Ward 4 Councilor, Josh Turiel as Ward 5 Councilor, Beth Gerard as Ward 6 Councilor, and Joseph O’Keefe, Sr. as Ward 7 Councilor.
Rachel Hunt, Patrick Schultz, and Brendan Walsh will be inaugurated as members of the Salem School Committee.
The traditional inaugural ceremony will include Honor Guards from the Salem Police and Fire Departments. Eighth grade student senators from the Collins Middle School will lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by student Nicholas Angeramo and Collins Middle School instrumental students performing the National Anthem. Rev. Dan Riley, Pastor of the Salem Catholic Community, will give the invocation, and Rabbi Yossi Lipsker from Chabad of the North Shore will provide the benediction.
"The Collins Middle School is a fitting back drop as Salem swears in our elected officials,” Driscoll said in a release. “It should remind us that improving our school system and closing the achievement gap must be a top priority in the years ahead.”
“In addition to our public schools, there are numerous significant issues on the horizon for Salem,” Driscoll said. “We must continue to strive to improve service delivery and effectiveness, and to maintain our strong fiscal standing through sound policy and planning around our budget. The successful redevelopment of the power plant is a top priority of the coming term, as is the proper oversight of the numerous projects taking place throughout Salem, from Canal Street to the MBTA garage, from the exciting changes at Salem State University and at Salem Hospital to new projects at Riley Plaza East, the former St. Joseph’s church, and the Peabody Essex Museum. Each has the potential to bring positive growth to our city, but they must each be managed and planned for in a strategic manner. I look forward to working with my colleagues in public service to that end in the years ahead.”
Parking for the Inauguration
On-site parking at the Collins Middle School is limited, however there is ample parking available along Jackson Street and surrounding streets, at the Broad Street Playground lot, in the North Shore Medical Center Highland Avenue Parking Lot C, which is next to Powder House Lane, and at the CVS parking lot at 426 Essex Street.
There will be continuous shuttle bus picking guests up at the bottom of the Jackson Street and Powder House Lane school entrances and bringing them to the building entrance at the top of the hill. This shuttle will also be available to shuttle people back down the hill after the ceremony and reception. Handicap placard parking spaces on the school grounds will be available.