His resignation marks a sudden turn for a school system that has seen its share of top administrators leave in recent years. Most recently, Maass hired Layne Millington, outgoing principal of Swampscott High, to lead Marblehead High due to his experience. Leonardson said the School Committee was pleased with that move.
Maass took over the schools on July 1, 2011, replacing outgoing former Superintendent Paul Dulac, who arrived in 2007. Dulac had to leave three months early in March 2011 for medical and personal reasons. Former business manager Brian Salzer, a former Swampscott High principal for one year, filled in as acting superintendent until Maass arrived.
Maass had aimed at changing the culture in the schools toward one of openness, saying in 2011 he hoped school board members came with an open mind before advocating their policy goals. He said at the time he preferred to “collaborate” rather than debate.
“We all need to stay the course,” Maass said, saying the work in Marblehead schools will go on. “It’s not about one person.”
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