JP’s Claudio Martinez Resigns From School Committee

Still from video of Claudio Martinez, executive director of Hyde Square Task Force, describing plans for the former Blessed Sacrament Church

Still from video of Claudio Martinez, executive director of Hyde Square Task Force, describing plans for the former Blessed Sacrament Church. Credit: Chris Helms

Claudio Martinez, perhaps best known in the neighborhood as executive director of Hyde Square Task Force, has stepped down from the School Committee after six years.

Martinez wrote in a resignation e-mail that “I need to refocus my time and energy on personal matters that require my attention.” (hat-tip to Universal Hub for the document.)

Hyde Square Task Force is ramping up a huge fundraising and renovation effort to transform the former Blessed Sacrament Church into a community center.

Martinez, who was traveling on Tuesday, sent an email saying among the highlights of his tenure was his work on the English Language Learners Task Force.

“I am proud of the work of the Boston School Committee during my time as a member to advocate for the success of all students in the district….” Martinez wrote. “I wish my colleagues the best of luck as they continue to advocate for positive changes.”

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[Editor’s note: We’ve updated this item with a statement from Martinez.]