By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER – Former state Rep. David Torrisi may have lost his seat in the Legislature, but he didn’t lose the appreciation of the School Committee.
The committee gave Torrisi a plaque honoring his service to the town Thursday night. School Committee member Stanley Limpert, who made the presentation, said the honor was bestowed to Torrisi for “all the wonderful work he has done.”
The committee had been discussing the new grading system at North Andover Middle School, which was based on numbers instead of letters. Superintendent Kevin Hutchinson scrapped the new system last week.
“Are you giving me a 2.5?” Torrisi quipped. He then thanked the School Committee members for their service.
Torrisi served on the Board of Selectmen before running for state representative in 1998. He was defeated in the Sept. 6 Democratic primary by Diana DiZoglio of Methuen, who went on to defeat Republican Karin Rhoton in the general election Nov. 6.
DiZoglio’s primary victory was the biggest upset in the Merrimack Valley.
Torrisi has worked for Jackson Lumber, which is owned and operated by his family. He is also an attorney.