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Few details offered in sudden departure of school chief

By WGGB Staff

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School District has severed ties with its superintendent after only eight months on the job under unclear circumstances, which drew a large crowd to a meeting Tuesday night.

School Committee Chairman Farshid Hajir released a statement on the agreement to release School Superintendent Alberto Rodriguez Tuesday prior to the meeting.

“After the Committees’ and Dr Rodriguez’ receipt of the survey results from employees, particularly the feedback from a majority of senior administrative personnel who report to Dr. Rodriguez, the Committees and Dr. Rodriguez agreed that it was in the best interests of all parties for Dr. Rodriguez to leave his position as Superintendent of the Districts,” states Hajir in an e-mail sent to abc40 and Fox 6.
 
School officials have not released a more specific reason for the sudden departure, or reveal any information as to a financial cost of losing Rodriguez. However, Hajir did say he regretted the district would be losing its superintendent during “turbulent times.” The town is currently moving toward asking voters to approve a $1.68 million Proposition 2 1/2 tax override.
 
Assistant Superintendent Maria Geryk will serve as acting superintendent until a permanent replacement can be named.
 
During the meeting, community members were invited to voice their concerns and discuss ways to best move the district forward. A wide variety of concerns were heard, including morale in the district, which has seen a number of school heads in recent years.
 
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