Montclair Superintendent Penny MacCormack, who became Superintendent of the Montclair Public Schools on November 1, 2012, has resigned.
Montclair’s previous superintendent, Frank Alvarez, resigned in February 2012 after almost nine years. MacCormack was named as new superintendent in August 2012. MacCormack’s first day on the job was during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
See statement from Montclair BOE president David Deutsch and the memo from MacCormack to staff below:
Statement from Deutsch: “Dr. MacCormack notified the Board on Friday evening that she will be resigning from her position as Superintendent to pursue a position with a new educational services organization located in New York City. Her decision was unexpected; the Board will discuss and determine its next steps during executive session at its Board meeting scheduled for Monday, February 23rd. Dr. MacCormack has assured the Board that she will do all she can to ensure an orderly transition and the Board plans to update the community formally at Monday’s board meeting.”
Last Friday evening I informed Board of Education President David Deutsch that I would be resigning from my position as Superintendent of the Montclair Public Schools. I have accepted a new position, based in New York City, focused on instruction and professional development.
The decision came after a great deal of reflection with my family and friends and did not come quickly or easily. I wanted to communicate to each of you directly this morning, after our short break, to inform you of my decision.
Together, all of us have worked long hours and served our community passionately for a simple, but most important reason – to provide our students with the best possible future.
Thank you for your dedication to the students, families and community, and thank you for making me a better person and leader. Thank you for showing me the greatness of Montclair. This experience will carry me far into the future, and I am so proud to have served this unique community.