Dennis Forgue came to the Merrimack Valley in 1971 to further his education as an undergraduate at Merrimack College in North Andover.
A few decades later, the Connecticut native would begin to help further the education of others in his new hometown of Andover, where he and his wife, Eileen, settled to raise a family in 1999.
Appreciative of the Andover School District and what the schools were doing on behalf of the couple’s children, son Jobe and daughter Naomi, Forgue said, “we wanted to contribute to that.”
He got involved first as a volunteer and PTO president, then as a school facilities task force member before seeking election to the School Committee in 2008.
This week, he made good on his promise to his family to serve just two terms — a tenure during which he faced heavy fire from the Andover Education Association amidst heated contract negotiations and helped guide the committee through several other challenges.
On Wednesday, the outgoing committee chairman turned his seat over to candidate-elect Joel Blumstein, who ran unopposed for the opening.
Now, Forgue, 61, said he expects to focus on his executive recruiting business and spend time with his family, including coaching his son’s soccer team this year.
“He said he’d do his two terms, and now he’s done,” School Building Committee Chairman Tom Deso said. “I’m proud that he stuck to his guns on that.”
Forgue first met Deso while serving on a volunteer school facilities task force. After having volunteered at Shawsheen Elementary School and becoming the co-president of its parent-teacher organization, he joined the task force charged with examining the space needs of the town’s 10 school buildings.
Out of that task force came the recommendation to replace Bancroft Elementary School. While some of the task force members then transitioned to the School Building Committee for the construction project, Forgue set his sights on the School Committee.