Wareham Public Schools business manager leaving in June

By Matthew Bernat | Apr 09, 2018
Photo by: Nick Walecka Wareham Public Schools Business Manager Michael MacMillan will leave the district on June 30.

Wareham Public Schools officials are seeking a new business manager, a position which will be “daunting for anyone else to fill,” according to Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood.

Current Business Manager Michael MacMillan will leave his post effective June 30. MacMillan joined the district five years ago. In 2016, the School Committee approved a five-year contract extension for MacMillan.

Currently, school officials are grappling with a budget shortfall that will spell massive cuts in staff and may force the closure of Minot Forest Elementary as a cost-saving measure.

Shaver-Hood said the recent town election, which ousted longtime School Committee member Geoff Swett and placed Mike Flaherty and Rebekah Pratt on the board, was a deciding factor for MacMillan’s departure.

“Given the change in the School Committee he thought it was time to leave,” said Shaver-Hood.

She noted that MacMillan's absence will be a “tremendous loss” for the district. MacMillan’s budget expertise, thriftiness and organization has brought the business department “to the next level,” said Shaver-Hood.

The position has been advertised, and Shaver-Hood said she and the School Committee will work together during the hiring process.

“We’ll be hoping for input from both parties because it’s such a vital position for the district,” said Shaver-Hood.

She declined to say where MacMillan will work next.

Wareham Week has reached out to MacMillan for comment.

Comments (8)
Posted by: WarehamSocks | Apr 09, 2018 12:02

WHAT!!! NO! This will be a huge loss. Mr. MacMillan has been a huge benefit to the school district, especially during such difficult times with the budget.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 09, 2018 12:04

Maybe the Minot Forest won't close prematurely after all. I can't see closing the school on the hope that voters will approve a new, currently estimated $86 million school. Better to wait and see if voters approve the new school proposal.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 09, 2018 12:12

He has always appears to be an good guy that knows his stuff.  We're starting to lose the good ones!

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Apr 09, 2018 12:13

Ugh!! This is terrible news. He has done an outstanding job under very challenging circumstances. Best of luck in your new endeavor!


Posted by: Curiouscat | Apr 09, 2018 14:09

The election was just a week ago and no one knew what the outcome would be so I would say this departure has been in the works for a while.  When the going gets tough, the tough get going.  I'm sure he already has a new position in a new town for lots more money.

Posted by: youshouldknow | Apr 09, 2018 14:36

What a heart-warming welcome the Superintendent is extending to the two educated town residents / parents who decided to volunteer their time by running for and winning seats on the School Committee! How absurd that Mr. MacMillan is leaving because of the election. He got a new job in six days? Why wasn't he interviewed for the paper?           Mr. MacMillan will be sorely missed as are all the other solid WPS professionals who have gone elsewhere under this Superintendent's reign. Wishing him the best!


Posted by: Uptohere | Apr 09, 2018 16:40

When is Shaver- Hood leaving? Her comment on the election was uncalled for. If that is the cause for Macmillan leaving it was up to him to make that comment not her. I too thought Macmillion was well versed in his position but if he is leaving due to an election of new people then I have to wonder what it is we don't know about what has been going on.  Is because there will be 2 less head nodders on the board?

Posted by: Duffman | Apr 10, 2018 20:52

I think the issue is someone is finally going to look at Wareham Public Schools books so he's getting out of dodge.

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