By Bill Kirk and Dustin Luca
---- — ANDOVER — School Committee Chairman Dennis Forgue has announced he will not seek re-election to a third, three-year term on the committee.
In a letter to the Andover Townsman, Forgue said that his decision stems from a commitment he made in 2008 when he first ran for office.
“I had committed myself, with my family’s support, to serving two terms if the townspeople were willing to re-elect me,” Forgue said.
“I do think it’s good to have turnover on committees, fresh ideas,” he said in an interview.
While saying the biggest factors in his decision were commitments to his family and his executive recruiting business, Forgue added that something like serving on the School Committee “does take some considerable time.”
He wouldn’t rule out the possibility of running for public office again in the future.
Forgue encouraged anyone contemplating a bid for School Committee or any other elected town office to seek out his input.
“I ran in two contested elections,” he said. “You learn a lot in doing that, so if anybody has questions or would like to chat about running on a local campaign or what it’s like being on the School Committee, I’d be happy to chat with anybody and give them my perspective.”
Forgue’s decision clears the way for a newcomer to claim the lone three-year seat up for grabs on the School Committee in the March 25 town election.
Nomination papers for all town offices are available from the town clerk’s office inside the Town Offices at 36 Bartlet St. Candidates must return completed forms by Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. to guarantee placement on the ballot.
Selectman Mary Lyman said she will be among those on the ballot. She said she intends to seek another three-year term because she feels that the town’s public works employees need a new facility to work in.
“We haven’t figured the town yard,” she said, referring to the hodgepodge campus of public works buildings in the middle of downtown near the train station. “A safe working environment for the employees is huge.”
Lyman also said her next term on the board would likely be one of transition for the town, with the possible hiring of a new town manager. Current Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski’s contract is due to expire on June 30, 2015.
Other positions that are up for election are:
Moderator, one-year term; currently held by Sheila Doherty. She could not be reached for comment last week.
Andover Housing Authority, five-year term; James Cuticchia is running for re-election.
Trustees of the Punchard School, three-year terms; currently held by Donald Schroeder and James Sutton.