Mary Jo Livingstone, the Superintendent of Schools in Weymouth, died suddenly Wednesday night.
Sean Guilfoyle, Chairman of the Weymouth School Committee, said Livingstone died of natural causes, but the news was entirely unexpected.
“It couldn’t have been more sudden. It’s just an incredible loss for us a school system,” said Guilfoyle.
Livingstone had worked in the Weymouth School system for more than 25 years, as a teacher, financial analyst, business manager and assistant superintendent. Then, when the last superintendent left, she became the town’s first woman superintendent of schools.
“Obviously, when you have talent in place there’s no reason to go look for it somewhere else,” said Guilfoyle.
Guilfoyle said crisis counselors and guidance counselors are on hand for teachers, administrators and students. Guilfoyle said Livingstone’s death is a great loss–personally and for the town.
“I lost a good friend today. I consider Mary Jo a good friend. It’s a sad day for the Weymouth school system. We truly lost someone who cared very, very deeply about the school system and the students,” said Guilfoyle.
“She will be sorely, sorely missed.”
Assistant Superintendent Matthew Ferron has been appointed as the interim superintendent of schools.