“She knows what works for children, knows what works in the classroom and knows the elements of a successful school,” Scully said. “Everyone should be looking to develop themselves to their full potential.”
Rossi, who grew up in Haverhill and still lives here, has been a principal in the city since 2004. His children attend Haverhill schools.
City officials said Rossi’s current salary is $97,000 per year and that he is getting a raise of more than $25,000 from Billerica.
The loss of Rossi is the latest in a trend of Haverhill school administrators leaving for a bigger paycheck elsewhere.
But Scully said Malone’s interest in leaving is to move up the career ladder.
“Running a school system is like coaching a team,” Scully said. “You never know when someone is going to get drafted by another team.”
Scully said that if Malone is offered the job in Ayer/Shirley, he will look for someone to replace her who has the same level of energy needed to help keep the school system moving forward.
Around this time last year, Haverhill lost Consentino School Principal Raymond Sierpina to a school in Methuen. At that time, Scully said Sierpina received a raise of at least $15,000 from Methuen and that higher pay was a factor is his decision to leave Haverhill.
In May of 2012, Haverhill’s School Committee approved a $30,000 pay raise for Malone during a secret meeting which the mayor and one School Committee member were absent from.
Malone is a former assistant principal and principal of Consentino School. She was promoted to her current position in 2011.
The promotion hiked Malone’s annual pay from $90,000 to $120,000, including $8,000 that she was due as a result of obtaining a doctorate degree; a $1,000 retirement payment that all administrators receive; a $1,500 travel allowance; and a $3,000 seniority bonus, according to paperwork on the pay raise.