Official says 'management issue,' but nothing 'inappropriate,' was reason for Manchester Central principal's resignation
"It had more to do with actions in his role in the management of the building, but it was not criminal activity," said the official, who didn't want to be identified. "This has nothing to do with any inappropriate behavior with any one student or staff."
Superintendent Debra Livingston confirmed Friday that Mailhot, who submitted his retirement to the district last week, is on paid leave until March 1, the day his retirement takes effect. He is currently being paid $104,566 annually, according to Livingston.
The New Hampshire Union Leader filed a right-to-know request Thursday after school officials initially declined to provide financial details regarding Mailhot's pending departure and his work record.
"I cannot comment on a personnel matter," Livingston said.
Two years ago, another city principal stopped working for the school district without any public explanation given. MaryEllen McGorry was suspended from her post as principal at Manchester High School West in 2011, eventually leaving after a lengthy investigation. No reason has ever been given for her departure.
"That never happened," said Livingston. "It's unfortunate that when someone announces their departure from a job like this, the stories that begin to circulate. The reasons behind someone retiring are personal and can be as simple as wanting to have more time with family members, or a sudden sickness in themselves or a loved one. But the reasons are their own. We appreciate everything Ron has done for the district over his long career here. We're sorry to lose him, but we are going to honor his request."
"We will be starting the search for a new principal immediately," said Livingston. "In the meantime, we will be naming an interim principal. It might be Joe, it might not. Right now, that hasn't been determined."
Livingston said a memo went out to school district office staff on Thursday announcing Mailhot's decision to retire. She said school board members were notified the same day.
"I think the superintendent is going to manage his departure (in a way) that is in the best interests of the students, staff and the community," Staub said.
Ben Dick, president of the Manchester teachers union, said last week that Mailhot was easy to work with and gave a lot of his time to the district. Teachers seemed to get along with him, he said.