BURRILLVILLE – The vice chairperson of the Burrillville School Committee resigned this week after nearly two decades of service, citing recent health concerns.
Dorothy Cardon resigned in a phone call to Supt. Michael Sollitto last month, effective Sunday, Oct. 31.
At a meeting of the board on Tuesday, Nov. 9, those who have served with Cardon over the years thanked the longtime member, and acknowledged her contributions to the Burrillville community – especially the students.
“She’s always been very generous with her time and efforts for the children of Burrillville,” said former Chairman Marc Brizard. “Dot has always been an advocate for education in Burrillville.”
“It’s always been about her dedication to the kids. Politics aside – like, not even present – no matter what the issue or policy that we were discussing, it had to be about the good and safety of the kids to be good for her,” said Brizard. “She helped make our schools what they are today, among the very best and most respected in our state.”
In addition to her work on the committee, Cardon is also known for her community service as a longtime member of the Burrillville Lions Club. A lifelong resident of Burrillville, she ran unopposed in her bid for reelection last November, and was named vice chairperson the following month.
Chairperson Alexandra LeClair, who began her time on the school board as a student representative in 2012, cited Cardon as a longtime role model.
“I’ve learned a lot from her,” LeClair said. “She has such a caring nature and just a genuine energy that I do think this committee will miss.”
Others also pointed to her influence and compassion.
“I remember when I first got on the School Committee. I was scared, I was nervous, and she was so welcoming and just so helpful,” said member Terri Lacey. “I’m going to miss her. I wish her a long happy retirement from the School Committee.”
“Having served with her for eight years, she was a role model for me in many ways,” said Brizard. “She’s earned the respect of her peers. Her wisdom, her foresight – both have in some way impressed upon all of us that have served with her.”
LeClair said the board will be partnering with the Burrillville Town Council to recognize Cardon’s contributions on a grander scale.
Sollitto noted that per the town charter, the candidate who received the next highest total votes during the last election is typically tapped to fill a vacant seat. But as there were no other candidates, the Town Council has the authority to appoint Cardon’s replacement. The issue is on the agenda for the council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 10.
“We’re all better for serving with Dot. Our students, Our schools and our town are better because of her service,” said Brizard. “I will end this with Dot’s favorite chant, ‘Go Broncos.'”