Michael Pfifferling, a 1989 Haverhill High School graduate, will soon be returning to his Hillie roots.

The School Committee voted unanimously last week to hire him as assistant superintendent of finance and operations.

He currently serves as business manager for the Wakefield schools and will transition from his current job to his new duties in Haverhill during the summer.

He is expected to be working full-time in Haverhill by the start of the new academic year, according to Superintendent Margaret Marotta.

“I’m confident Mr. Pfifferling is going to be an asset for Haverhill public schools and I am looking forward to working closely with him,” Marotta said. “He has been the school business manager in Wakefield for the past eight years and is a Haverhill native with deep ties to the community.”

Pfifferling earned an associate degree in business administration from Northern Essex Community College. He then graduated from New Hampshire College with a bachelor of science degree in business studies.

The School Committee and Pfifferling still need to agree on salary and benefits. School Committee members Scott Wood and Gail Sullivan have been appointed to handle negotiations and had a productive meeting with Pfifferling Wednesday morning, according to Marotta.

The superintendent said she expects to announce an agreement with Pfifferling at the committee's June 27 meeting.

"I am extremely pleased to have been appointed by the Haverhill School Committee to take on this great opportunity within the Haverhill public schools," Pfifferling said. "Growing up in Haverhill played such an important role in my development and I am excited to be returning to my hometown. After 33 years living in Haverhill, I relocated to Groveland 15 years ago with my wife, where we are raising our four children."

Pfifferling said while his departure from Wakefield is "bittersweet," he is looking forward to "working with Dr. Marotta, School Committee, staff, students and the community. I feel like I will be a nice complement to the district and will be able to support Dr. Marotta's vision well as we move into the 2019 school year."

Pfifferling and Ian Gosselin, business administrator for the Methuen schools, were the finalists for the assistant superintendent job. The third finalist, Peter Gray, finance director for the Natick schools, withdrew.

The School Committee interviewed Pfifferling and Gosselin in a public session June 13. The position had been vacant since the start of the academic year.


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