Dargan wraps up 9-year stint on school committee

Above: Susan Dargan (right) accepts an award from Rep. Carolyn Dykema at her final school committee meeting earlier this month. Marybeth Strickalnd (seated) looks on.

Susan Dargan has attended her fair share of school committee meetings – nine year’s worth, in fact. But the school committee meeting earlier this month was her last…at least at the K-8 level.

A professor and chairwoman of the sociology department at Framingham State University, Dargan announced back in January that she would not seek reelection to the K-8 committee due to increased responsibility at her job.

Dargan still holds a seat on the Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee, which she secured for another 3-year term in elections last week. Her seat on the K-8 School Committee will be filled by newcomer Gerald Capra.

“Dr. Dargan’s contributions over the past nine years have been innumerable and have been greatly appreciated,” Superintendent Charles Gobron said at the school committee meeting on May 8.

Calling her a “tremendous asset,” Gobron thanked Dargan for her service. “You’ve been a voice of the schools,” he said.

Dargan’s fellow school committee members celebrated with a cake, and presented Dargan with a mahogany gavel.

“We will miss you terribly,” committee chairwoman Marybeth Strickland said.

Representative Carolyn Dykema also attended the meeting to thank Dargan for her work on behalf of Southborough schools and to present her with two citations recognizing her tenure.

Dargan admitted her work on the school committee “hasn’t always been easy,” but ultimately she said it has been rewarding. “It’s been a pleasure working in a district where people put children first.”

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