Paul Schlichtman, who served on the School Committee from 2001 to 2007 a former member of the committee, was elected Thursday, May 3, to the one-year seat vacated when Joseph A. Curro Jr. was elected to the Board of Selectman last month.

Following about 90 minutes of answers to questions from five candidates, the committee gave Schlichtman four votes, the majority required. Voting for him were Cindy Starks, Jeff Thielman, Leba Heigham and Kirsi Allison-Ampe.

James Flanagan got a vote from member William Hayner, and Len Kardon received one from member Jud Pierce.

The other two candidates were Andrew O'Brien and Karen Bjorkman.

David Brecht had applied but withdrew, citing the time commitment. A seventh applicant who is not a registered voter withdrew.

Allison-Ampe asked all five whether they plan to seek election next April. Only Schlichtman said that he does not know yet whether he will run.

Even so, Allison-Ampe voted for Schlichtman after saying she would not favor one who would seek the seat next spring.

Hayner said he would not be biased against someone who plans to run for the seat in 2013.

Schlichtman, an administrator in the Lowell public schools, was active on statewide public-policy issues as a board member and elected officer of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. He was president in 2004.

He recalled former students who contacted him years later to thank him for the difference he made in their lives.

May 1: Backgrounds of five applicants

This story was first published Thursday, May 3, 2012, and updated the next day.