South Hadley School Committee chairman Jackson Matos resigns citing health reasons


Staff Writer
Monday, June 20, 2022

SOUTH HADLEY — The chairman of the South Hadley School Committee has resigned after a health scare.

In a statement read at the June 2 School Committee meeting, Jackson Matos said that he had survived a heart attack and has since been recovering at home.

“This is my second heart attack and I have been advised by my physicians and my family to reduce stressors in my life and to make changes to my lifestyle,” Matos said in the statement. “Regrettably, one of these changes includes my resignation as a member of the School Committee.”

Efforts to reach Matos, who was elected last year, were unsuccessful Tuesday and Wednesday.

In his statement, Matos said he had enjoyed serving the community and that his colleagues on the School Committee all take their work seriously. He’s proud of the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts the body made during his tenure and said that work will continue.

“This is more than a voluntary position for all of us and I now have a deeper appreciation of, and respect for, public service,” Matos said.

Matos’ colleagues expressed relief that he’s at home recovering. School Committee member Allison Schlachter said she will miss Matos “tremendously.”

“I can’t say enough about how much Jackson has added to this committee in just a year,” Schlachter said. “I know that he’ll stay connected to the work of the committee.”

School Committee members voted to name Schlachter as chairwoman of the committee. She had previously served in that role.

The Select Board and School Committee will make a joint appointment to replace Matos. That person will serve out the remainder of Matos’ term, which lasts until next year. There is a 30-day window for candidates to submit a statement of interest to the school district.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.