, Salem, MA


March 27, 2013

Our view: Another leadership vacuum in the Marblehead schools


One of the key roles of any school committee is to find and retain outstanding administrators. Marblehead has a dismal record in this regard. Maass’ resignation means the town will be searching for its sixth superintendent since 2005. And when Layne Millington arrives from Swampscott, he will be the high school’s sixth principal since 2006. This is a failure of leadership on the part of a School Committee that seems more intent on stepping into day-to-day issues than taking the stabilizing long view the town so clearly needs.

Maass’ impending departure (should he not listen to pleas by some residents and committee members to reconsider) and the clearly fractured makeup of the School Committee leaves a leadership vacuum at the top of the district.

Those wondering who will step up and change the conversation should be encouraged to know that at least four town residents have taken steps to run for School Committee since Maass’ resignation, and hundreds of others have signed a letter in his support. The town’s citizens have clearly taken notice.

That’s the type of commitment it will take to change the dysfunctional relationships at the top of the Marblehead schools.

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