Members of the Roxbury community came out Monday night to see students from the fourth-grade choir at Franklin School perform three holiday songs under the guidance of Sarah Hunter, elementary music teacher along with bidding farewell to longtime board member Theresa D’Agostino.
Theresa D’Agostino served on the Roxbury Board of Education for close to 16 years as well as being president and vice president on and off throughout her term.
Ron Lucas, board president, thanked D’Agostino on behalf of the board, administration, and community for her years of dedicated service.
“It’s my honor to speak about Terry’s tenure on the board,” said Lucas. “Her distinguished career here has spanned seven superintendents including one acting and one interim. Over the course of these years, she’s had to deal with very challenging situations and some very difficult people. Yet she always had focus to do what was best for students, staff, and parents.”
D’Agostino’s devotion to the board wasn’t just at the local level.
“Anyone who knows her can attest to her commitment and dedication as a board member. Not only has she been active in our local board but she’s been involved at the county and state levels serving in the delegate assembly.”
In recent years, D’Agostino was instrumental in working to have the Roxbury Board of Education achieve certificated board status by the New Jersey School Boards Association.
“I’m pleased to say we achieved this while she was still on the board with us,” shared Lucas.
D’Agostino was surprised by this show of support from the board.
“Truly, this is unexpected,” she said. “First off, thank you for everything. Thank you to my family and husband for supporting me all these years and thank you to the community of Roxbury. We can all agree that Roxbury is a wonderful place to live and great place to raise our children and family. Our schools are top rated and a lot is a result of the folks around this table. It has been a privilege and honor to serve the community of Roxbury. Thank you for the support all these years and the opportunity to be around the educational family.”
Roxbury Superintendent Loretta Radulic thanked Terry for all her hard work, dedication, her commitment, and her ‘one more question.’
“She never let us gloss over anything or move quickly through anything,” said Radulic. “She’s very thoughtful and we appreciated working with her. We’ve learned a lot working with her and she definitely will be missed.”