Sudbury school committee member quit due to possible job change

SUDBURY, MA – After initially refusing to talk about the move, a Sudbury School Board member who resigned last month has explained why he left the post just over a year into his first three-term year.

Former committee member Tyler Steffey initially declined to say why he quit – as did Sudbury school committee chair Silvia Nerssessian – last week. In a letter to Patch Tuesday, Steffey hinted that he was trying to transition from deputy principal of Concord Public Schools to full principal, and didn’t think he would have enough time to also serve at Sudbury.

After Steffey’s resignation, Sudbury Patch submitted public records requests requesting communications between school officials about Steffey’s decision. The request came after Sudbury City Clerk Beth Klein did not respond to a request for a copy of Steffey’s resignation letter.

Steffey was elected in April 2021 for a three-year term, beating Mandy Sim by 43 votes to clinch an open seat vacated by Lisa Kouchakdjian.

Sudbury is selecting Steffey’s replacement. Nominations for the interim school committee seat were due Tuesday, and the select council and school committee will likely meet in joint session on Aug. 15 to interview candidates. The interim member will serve until the next municipal elections in the spring of 2023.

Here is the full letter Steffey sent to Patch this week:

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of my resignation from the Sudbury School Board. It was a difficult decision. You gave me great confidence on Election Day, and I will forever be honored by your vote of confidence. School committee members were welcoming, cared deeply about their work, and put our children and our community first in every decision. For me too, this work has always been about children and their school communities.

As many of you know, I am a vice principal in a public school. Recently, several communities have advertised open director positions; a lead role would mean increased responsibility, and thus allow me to have a more meaningful and direct positive impact for students, staff and families. In order to prepare for this deeper time commitment, I would have to leave my seat on the school committee. That’s why I quit.

I have great confidence and the utmost respect for our School Board and Superintendent Crozier, and am thrilled to see how they continue to lead. I am grateful to the school administrators who took on new roles in Sudbury Public Schools this summer and who will bring their expertise and dedication to our students this fall. I am particularly inspired by the work ahead of us on the equity audit. For now, I want to thank you, the voters of Sudbury, for your support. As always, feel free to contact me if you would like to talk further: (617) 875-1961 or [email protected]

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Steffey had already gotten a new job as manager.

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