One superintendent rebukes school board amid a new batch of resignations

A Massachusetts superintendent lamented a 'difficult work environment' created by the school committee while a New Jersey district fired its leader in the wake of a lawsuit alleging offensive behavior.

A Massachusetts superintendent who reluctantly announced his departure is the latest K12 leader to add their name to the list of educators who’ve stepped down over clashes with a school board.

Swansea Public Schools Superintendent John Robidoux announced he will resign at the end of the school year because of a “difficult work environment” created by some members of the school committee, The Herald News reported.

“It’s not something that I want. I don’t want to leave Swansea. I love Swansea,”  he said, according to The Herald News. Robidoux, who has led the district since 2016, noted that committee members had not provided feedback on his performance or been willing to discuss concerns, the newspaper added.

2 more short tenures end in resignations

Elsewhere, superintendents with a combined two years on the job announced resignations for undisclosed reasons. Ronald Gonzalez resigned from the Elmsford Union Free School District near New York City after just eight months as a full-time leader, according to

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Gonzales, who was appointed Elmsford’s interim superintendent in July 2022, did not give a reason for his departure, saying only he would “pursue other leadership opportunities in order to further my work on behalf of students,” reported.

In Colorado, Superintendent Jill Hafey will leave the Moffat County School District on Jan. 1 after having worked there since 1998, according to the Craig Press. Hafey was elevated to superintendent in July 2022 and said in a letter to her staff that though the district is making progress, “it is time for me to pursue new challenges and opportunities in the field of education,” the Craig Press reported.

Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick is the managing editor of District Administration and a life-long journalist. Prior to writing for District Administration he worked in daily news all over the country, from the NYC suburbs to the Rocky Mountains, Silicon Valley and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's also in a band.

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