HAVERHILL — It’s official. There’s a run on Haverhill school principals and administrators by districts that pay more.
The latest defection is Bradford Elementary School Principal Wendy Stanley, who has resigned her position to take a principal job in the Marlborough School District. Stanley said she notified her staff Friday afternoon. Her resignation is effective at the end of the school year.
Stanley has lived in Haverhill since 1982, raised her children here and began her career in the district in the mid-1980s, she said.
In an interview Friday, Stanley said she loves her job at Bradford Elementary, but that she could not pass up the Marlborough job offer for financial reasons. She said she will receive a pay raise of more than $20,000 per year. Her current Haverhill salary is $89,000 per year.
“This is strictly financial,” she said of her decision to take the Marlborough job. “My decision is bittersweet. I will miss my extremely dedicated and talented staff and the students. I have nothing negative to say about the school district at all. But they (Marlborough) are offering a substantial financial package that’s very appealing.”
The Marlborough School District is led by Richard Langlois, a former assistant superintendent in Haverhill.
Stanley’s resignation comes a week after Assistant Superintendent Mary Malone agreed to be become superintendent of the Ayer-Shirley School District and about a month after officials announced that Nettle Middle School Principal Michael Rossi is leaving at the end of the school year to become the next principal of Marshall Middle School in Billerica. Stanley, Malone and Rossi are each receiving large pay raises at their new jobs.
“Wendy is a warm and caring person who is academically talented,” Scully said of Stanley. “We hate to see her go. But this is a great opportunity for her. You can’t begrudge people who move on for more money.”