The superintendent of Brockton’s public school system has agreed to leave his post despite the fact there’s a year remaining on his contract. City officials announced Thursday, that Superintendent of schools Dr. Matt Malone is leaving his job at the end of the school year in June. School Committee vice chairman Tom Minichiello says an agreement was reached this week with Malone.
“Both sides are doing this amicably and we will continue to work for the best interest of the students of the Brockton public schools,” said Minichiello.
Sources have speculated that a recent evaluation of Malone’s job performance may have led to him opting out a year early before talks began to renew his contract. When asked if the low scores on Malone’s review may have triggered the agreement, Minichiello say the outcome is something both sides wanted.
“There’s really no dram involved, we’re basically just deciding to part ways and go separate paths,” Minichiello said. “We’re going to be courteous and work together until the end of the year for the benefit of the school system.”
The news of Malone’s departure comes a few weeks after Brockton High School Principal Dr. Susan Szachowicz announced that she will be retiring in December. Minichiello says the process will not be rushed to replace Malone. He expects to fill the principal’s position before a search committee is assembled to select a new school superintendent.