Hampshire Regional superintendent resigns

Published: 8/15/2020 6:18:04 PM

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional School District Superintendent Aaron Osborne has submitted his resignation, school officials confirmed in an email Saturday.

“This is to confirm that Aaron Osborne has given his 60-day notice of resignation to all school committee chairs in the Hampshire Regional School District,” said the email, which was signed by the “Hampshire Regional School District Committee Chairs.” The email was sent by Westhampton School Committee Chairwoman Brigid O’Riordan.

The email was in reply to one sent by the Gazette asking for a copy of Osborne’s resignation letter. The note provided an email address through which to submit a public records request.

The email did not provide any more details about Osborne’s resignation. He did not respond to requests for comment by email or phone by Sunday afternoon.

Osborne was hired in the spring of 2018 after working as the business manager for Palmer public schools. He announced last November that he would not be seeking an extension on his contract, which was set to expire June 30, 2021. He announced this after 96 faculty and staff members at Hampshire Regional High School approved a vote of no confidence in his leadership. Five abstained, while no faculty or staff voted in support of Osborne.

Collectively, the vote represented around 91 percent of non-district faculty and staff in the Hampshire Regional building, which houses both the district’s middle and high schools, according to a statement drafted on behalf of the building’s faculty and staff.

Faculty and staff also submitted a letter to school committee members in November asserting that Osborne had created a “toxic work environment.” It also included a number of anonymous accusations against the superintendent.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com. Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com
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