The 2019-2020 school year will be the last for Matanuska-Susitna School District Superintendent Monica Goyette.

The school board voted 6-1 to approve a contract amendment at a meeting Wednesday night.

Goyette will remain superintendent through the end of the school year. Her last day in that position will be June 30, 2020.

She will stay with the district as a “large elementary school principal for the 2020-2021 school year at a location to be determined by the superintendent of instruction,” the contract reads in part.

School Board President Donna Dearman finished her last term serving on the school board on Wednesday night.

In a phone interview on Thursday, Dearman said she was not able to talk about the decision because the discussion happened in executive session.

But she said the agreement was mutual between Goyette and the board.

“I’m am extremely saddened to see her leave at the end of this year,” Dearman said. “I have worked with three superintendents now and I feel that she is a very forward-thinking and incredible superintendent. She sees the big picture when some people don’t even see a picture.”

Dearman said Goyette is always looking out for the best interest of the students, especially after the November 2018 earthquake. She believes the superintendent’s staff will continue to lead the district in the right direction.

“I don’t want this to be one of those things that makes people start to doubt the Mat-Su. There’s nothing to doubt. This is still a great school district,” Dearman said. “We’re turning out great students and we’ve got excellent opportunities and that’s all because of excellent leadership.”

At the school board meeting, Dianne Shibe, the president of the Mat-Su Education Association, thanked Goyette for her service.

 “You are very well supported by the teachers of the district. On Facebook, people are lamenting the fact this will be your last year as our superintendent,” Shibe said.

Goyette’s original contract was slated to end in June 2022.

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