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Superintendent Resignation Ends Months of Controversy

Hired two years ago, Anthony Pope had been under fire for his management style and other issues since early this year.

In a move that caps months of turmoil and controversy, Superintendent Anthony Pope has resigned from his position. 

Mayor Arthur Vigeant announced the resignation at the beginning of Tuesday night's School Committee meeting.

"The parties came to a mutual agreement on the terms, which will be released once they are finalized," Vigeant said. The resignation is effective July 2.

The announcement was met with hushed silence from the standing-room crowd at the meeting. Later in the meeting, Vigeant said for legal reasons the committee could not further discuss the matter. 

Instructional Leadership Director Maureen Gruelich has been named acting interim superintendent while a replacement is sought.  

The resignation came as the board was scheduled to discuss its evaluation of Pope's job performance over the past year and his contract. Pope is two years into a five-year contract.

It also came after months of initially quiet but more recently increasingly vocal protest from students, teachers and others at School Committe meetings,  meeting, where Pope also apologized for "misunderstandings." 

Pope was hired in May of 2010 and started on the job on July 1 of that year. Before coming to Marlborough, he was principal of Weymouth High School and had worked in districts in other parts of the country, including his native Texas. 

His hiring was marked by optimism about positioning the district for improvement with a five-year strategic plan known as "Believe 2016," put in place shortly after his arrival. 

But his tenure became strained over the past half a year. His decision to .

It was while responding to the student support for Bakr that Pope thrust himself into the spotlight. In a single visit to the school, Pope was accused by students of rude behavior and by a staffer of pushing her.

r. Soon afterward, the Marlborough Educators Association took a vote of no confidence in the superintendent. 

Dave June 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Probably for the best ....
Mary June 27, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I know a lot of teachers/students can't stand him and are happy that he's leaving, but he did do one great thing for the community and that was move the 8th grade out of the high school and put the fourth graders back in the elementary setting where they belong and should have never been taken out of in the first place....so thank you for that.
Suzanne June 27, 2012 at 08:14 PM
That was in the works for a while. They never should have been put there in the first place.
Kaitlin March 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Malborough blew it !! l Anthony Pope had a vision that obviously Malborough's citizens were not ready for!! They need help raising their children never mind showing adults in charge of children how to manage them. Moving 8th graders out of the high school says it ALL !!! Who the hell put them in there in the first place..IDIOTS... I would have loved to have known what really was going on BEHIND THOSE DOORS. Anthony Pope you are such a role model !!! Marlborough did not deserve such high class !!!! You have MANY admirers !!
Suzanne March 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM
MANY school systems put their 8th graders in the high school and in MA, too. I didn't like it when it happened. Anthony Pope's vision was for Anthony Pope. He was a poor role model at best.

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