Central principal's departure surprised city superintendent
Superintendent Debra Livingston confirmed that Mailhot retired effective March 1.
She said Mailhot was a 23-year employee and that the district is "very grateful for the time he was able to be here with us."
School district officials said little else about the veteran educator's departure. Mailhot worked his way up from a language teacher to lead a high school that is the largest in the city and one of the oldest in the state.
Livingston said nobody had yet been appointed to serve as interim principal.
On Thursday, a memo went to central office staff saying Mailhot had retired, according to a source involved with the schools.
An interim principal is expected to be named March 3, the source said. No one knows what happened, the source said.
Mailhot, who began his career as a language educator, was an assistant principal at Central until appointed the interim principal in 2011, when former Principal John Rist retired. He took the job full-time in May 2012.
She said Central needs a strong hand, and she's not sure Mailhot was formidable enough for the job.
"You had large class sizes to contend with and a far cry from optimal circumstances," Mailhot said to teachers. "But you prevailed. And just look at these awesome graduates that were produced."
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