School District Business Manager Resigns After Two Plus Years On Job
by Robert Stewart,
Michael Knight, Business and Finance Manager for the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, submitted his resignation to the School Committee after serving in that position for more than two years. Knight indicated in his letter of resignation that a better career opportunity presented itself and he decided to take it.
Knight submitted his resignation March 22 and will stay in his position until the end of the school year this June. School administrators posted the job opening shortly after receiving Knight’s resignation.
Knight was the District’s Business and Finance Manager under interim Director Frank Antonelli. Antonelli had served as Business and Finance Director under Interim Superintendent Bill Ryan.
When a permanent Superintendent was found, Knight was recommended for the Director’s position and the School Committee hired him to replace Antonelli. According to School Committee Chair Marlena Gilbert, Knight has gone through two budget cycles with the District.
A couple School Committee members spoke highly of Knight and his performance as Director. Gilbert said Knight did an exceptional job especially given the circumstances that existed when he started. Knight began his duties almost immediately after the School Committee had undertaken a district-wide audit of operations. Gilbert said he played a key role in the School Committee’s ability to implement the changes recommended in the audit that generated approximately $400,000 in operational savings.
In response to Knight’s resignation, Gilbert stated, “I’m sorry to see him go. I wish him the best in all he does. He had a career opportunity and took advantage of it.”
Former School Committee member and current Select Board member Alison Manugian also weighed in on Knight’s departure through a post on Indeed.com. “This is a huge loss for the District,” she said. “He (Knight) has been fabulous in this position.” Manugian also noted how important this position is to the District and indicated that the School Committee needs to be aware of the compensation this position offers in other District.
The School Committee discussed the position and Knight’s resignation at their meeting last Wednesday evening.