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Gill-Montague superintendent announces retirement

  • Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2020. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 11/6/2019 6:13:11 PM

Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2020.

Sullivan emphasized that his departure is not related to any dissatisfaction with the Gill-Montague district, but has to do with circumstances of his personal life.

“Although this has been my most difficult career decision, I am clear in my heart and mind that it will be the right time for me to go,” Sullivan wrote to School Committee members this week.

The School Committee has not formally discussed the issue in a public meeting, but Sullivan said he has spoken to a handful of individual members about it. A School Committee meeting is scheduled for Nov. 12, but an agenda had not been posted as of Wednesday.

The work of finding a new superintendent will be coordinated by the School Committee. Eight months’ advance notice, Sullivan said, will be “definitely sufficient time to do a thorough, timely search.”

School Committee Chair Jane Oakes could not be reached for comment.

Sullivan was hired as Gill-Montague’s superintendent in July 2013, having previously worked in teaching and administrative positions in Northampton and Longmeadow. He had spent 16 years each as a teacher and as a school administrator. His longest single position was as a middle school social studies teacher in Northampton for 14 years.

He said that after his retirement, he expects to continue to do something in education, but does not yet have any particular expectations.

With eight months left before his retirement, Sullivan did not yet want to give a retrospective of his time with Gill-Montague, saying he would rather continue to focus on his ongoing work with the district.

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