, Salem, MA

February 5, 2014

Longtime Danvers school board member to retire, another to run


---- — DANVERS — There will be at least one new face on the School Committee after the May town election.

Jean McCartin said she plans to retire this spring after four terms and 12 years on the school board. She has the second-longest tenure on the board.

The seat now held by Eric Crane, the longest-serving member of the School Committee, will also be up for election this spring. Crane said he intends to run for another term.

“I’m 99 percent sure that I’m not going to,” McCartin said when asked if she plans to run again. Her daughter is graduating from Danvers High this year, and her job as director of the early learning center at the Marblehead YMCA takes a lot of her time.

“I love the work” on the School Committee, said McCartin, who has a degree in early childhood education.

“It’s a little sad for me to make the decision.”

McCartin was elected in 2002, and re-elected in 2005, 2008 and 2011 as was Crane. McCartin said she and Crane fought for the schools together.

“We definitely agree on things,” she said.

Crane, 53, has served more than 13 years on the school board and is the current chairman.

“I feel like we’ve made great progress — a middle school built, a high school built,” he said.

An attorney by training, he practiced law for 10 years before moving into a management job with Travelers insurance company.

Nomination papers became available in the town clerk’s office on Monday, and are due back March 25. The election is scheduled for May 6.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.