“It was very exciting to be involved in the planning and seeing it coming to fruition,” he said.
But he said he enjoyed having a “small part” in helping to improve education for children in town and provide teachers with the resources they need. The toughest part was not being able to provide all those resources because of tough budget seasons, he said, which required a lot of cutting.
“What is amazing is that with all the cuts, the quality of education continued to go up,” Loeb said. “The teachers get all the credit for that. They are able to provide a quality education without all the needed resources.”
Loeb was on the board when Superintendent Rick Korb was hired. Korb will retire June 30 after 15 years with the district.
Korb said yesterday that Loeb is hard-working, “committed and dedicated to education. He provided excellent leadership not only when he served as chairman, but he provided tremendous insight into all issues because of his legal background.”
Whether it was a budget, staffing or a field trip request, Loeb advocated for what was right for the students, Korb said.
“Is it the best thing for the kids? That is the motto he stood by and I always respected that,” he said.
School Committee Chairman Hugh O’Flynn, a 10-year veteran of the board, called Loeb “one of the most outstanding school members I’ve worked with. I think we will miss his leadership and his ability to achieve compromise on the board.”