Reading Memorial High School Athletic Director Phil Vaccaro has been in his current position since 1994, but according to Superintendent John Doherty, Vaccaro submitted a letter of intent to retire last week.
When asked about the situation, Vaccaro said, “I have nothing to say.”
According to the Boston Globe, Vaccaro sent an email to fellow MIAA District B athletic directors and asked them to watch for any athletic director or assistant athletic director positions. He was also interested in "a job with a foundation that raises money for cancer, educational athletics, or improving values - I would love to investigate it.''
In a press release, Doherty said, "First and foremost, I want to thank Mr. Vaccaro for his many years as an educator in the Reading Public Schools and his 18 years as Athletic Director. Phil has been instrumental in not only strengthening our athletic program but also instilling character and sportsmanship with our students. Phil’s leadership has touched so many students, staff, and community members, and I know that the entire school district is grateful for his commitment and dedication over the years."
Doherty told Patch that he would like to have a replacement for Vaccaro by the end of June so that person could start on July 1.
"As we begin the search for a leader to fill this important role for our high school and for our community, we welcome your input. Soon, we will release details on the selection process and screening committee. If you are interested in serving on the screening committee, please contact Elizabeth Conway, Human Resources Administrator, at 781-944-5800," Doherty said in a press release.