Dale Magee will not seek reelection to Shrewsbury School Committee

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

SHREWSBURY – Longtime Shrewsbury School Committee member Dale Magee has announced that he does not plan to seek reelection in May. 

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

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,” Magee said during a School Committee meeting on Wednesday. “It’s a wonderful committee.”

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

Magee to conclude long tenure on School Committee

Magee was elected to his first term on the School Committee in 2010. 

A gynecologist and obstetrician, Magee has served in a variety of public health roles. Those include a stint as the Commissioner of Public Health with the City of Worcester. He’s also worked with organizations such as the Worcester Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force, according to his LinkedIn profile

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

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

“You’ve been a great guidance for me,” said Sandra Fryc. “We bounce things off of each other. I will certainly miss having you, but I will see you outside of the School Committee, which will be very nice.”

The School Committee is an unpaid, volunteer position that consumes hours of time, Sawyer noted. 

Sawyer’s time as superintendent has paralleled Magee’s time on the committee. He added that it will be “a little strange” when Magee is no longer a School Committee member.

“Dr. Magee certainly has contributed an enormous amount of leadership and service to the community during his time on the committee, and I deeply appreciate that,” Sawyer said.  

Others announce election plans

Fellow School Committee member Lynsey Heffernan is also up for reelection this year. 

She has announced that she does intend to seek another term. 

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

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

His colleague, John Lebeaux, however, has opted not to run this spring as his current term ends.

Election papers were not yet available as of Jan. 21.