Dale Magee will not seek re-election to the Shrewsbury School Board

Dale Magee (left) listened to school committee colleague Jason Palitsch during a meeting in June last year. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – Dale Magee, a longtime member of the Shrewsbury Schools Committee, has announced that he does not plan to seek re-election in May.

Magee has served on the committee for the past 12 years.

“I really enjoyed it,” Magee said at a school committee meeting on Wednesday. “It’s a great committee.

“Great people to work with and great service, but I think it’s time for me to step back and give someone else the opportunity,” he continued.

Magee wraps up his long tenure on the school committee

Magee was elected to his first term on the school board in 2010.

Gynecologist and obstetrician, Magee has held various public health positions. These include a stint as Public Health Commissioner for the City of Worcester. He has also worked with organizations such as the Worcester Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force, according to his LinkedIn Profile.

Fellow Magee School Committee members and Superintendent Joseph Sawyer recognized his work on the committee after Magee spoke this week.

Chairman Jon Wensky called it a “big announcement”, thanking Magee for his commitment to Shrewsbury Public Schools and the town.

“You have been a great help to me,” said Sandra Fryc. “We bounce things off of each other. I will certainly miss you, but I will see you outside the school committee, which will be very pleasant.

The school committee is an unpaid volunteer position that consumes hours of time, Sawyer noted.

Sawyer’s time as superintendent paralleled Magee’s time on the committee. He added that it will be “a bit strange” when Magee is no longer a member of the school committee.

“Dr. Magee has certainly provided tremendous leadership and service to the community during his tenure on the committee, and I deeply appreciate that,” Sawyer said.

Others announce election plans

School board member Lynsey Heffernan is also up for re-election this year.

She announced that she intended to seek another term.

“I’m really proud of the work we’ve done over the past few years, but I’m excited to support and invest more in this community,” Heffernan said Wednesday.

On the Board of Selectmen, Chairman John Samia also announced a re-election campaign.

His colleague, John Lebeaux, however, chose not to run this spring at the end of his current mandate.

Election documents were not yet available as of January 21.