Mallory resigns as superintendent of Westmorland school district

April 27, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — After devoting nearly her entire career to the school district here, Anne Mallory has resigned as superintendent to take a position with the county Office of Education.

Mallory ended her seven-year term as superintendent of the Westmorland Union Elementary School District today.

On Monday she will start in a newly created position — special assistant to county Office of Education Superintendent John Anderson.

The Westmorland school board has named Linda Morse, principal in the school district, as interim superintendent.

Morse said this morning the board would like to have a new superintendent in place by July. Morse added she does not plan to seek the permanent position.

Mallory said this morning she will miss the Westmorland district but said the county position was an interesting opportunity.

"I am looking forward to it," she said. "There will be a lot of challenges."

Mallory, a Westmorland native, has been an educator since 1978.


She started as a Westmorland teacher, then worked in the Brawley Elementary School District from 1981 to 1985 before returning to the Westmorland district.

From 1989 to 1994 she was the district's vice principal and was then named superintendent.

Mallory, a Westmorland resident, said, "I have so many good memories and my heart is this community."

She added while there is never a good time for a district superintendent to leave, Westmorland will be in good hands with Morse.

A Westmorland native herself, Morse has been an assistant principal and principal for the district.

Like Mallory, Morse has devoted nearly her entire career to the Westmorland school. She started there as a teacher in 1989.

Morse said, "I appreciate the school board giving me the opportunity to be the interim superintendent."

She added, "I will do the best job that I can and I will do it until the school board can hire a new superintendent in July."

Morse said if it takes the board longer than that to find a superintendent, she will continue working as superintendent

She said she wants the community to be confident the district will continue to provide a quality education to local youths.

The board is conducting both a local and a state-and-nationwide search via the Internet for a superintendent.

The application deadline is May 31.

Westmorland school board member Tim Asamen said he thinks the board is not going to rush the decision on hiring a new superintendent.

"We will take as much time as we need to," he said.

Asamen added Mallory will be missed.

"She put the students first," he said. "She knew maybe every student at the school on a first-name basis. That is a remarkable quality."

Asamen added he is confident Morse will to provide leadership as interim superintendent.

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