MARBLEHEAD — Marblehead Superintendent Gregory Maass abruptly resigned last night during a School Committee budget hearing and with one year left on his contract.
In his resignation, Maass cited friction with a majority of the school board that he feels has "blurred" the oversight authority with the superintendent's function as day-to-day school chief.
"Quite frankly, I feel like a referee not a superintendent," Maass wrote in his resignation letter to the school board.
Maass's resignation means he is walking away from a $179,000 salary, according to town records. He was entering the final year of his deal.
The resignation, effective June 30, marks a sudden turn of events for the school system that has seen its top administrators leave in recent years.
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