Jim Vaszauskas, the Mansfield school district's newly appointed superintendent, announced Friday that he may be out from time to time as he undergoes a six-week course of radiation treatment for cancer.
In a letter to district employees, Vaszauskas reported that he had a cancerous mass removed from below his ribs Aug. 12.
"We were fortunate to have caught this growth in its early stages, and my wonderful surgeon was able to remove everything but microscopic traces of the growth," he wrote.
The mass, called a thymoma, is slow-growing, not aggressive and usually responsive to treatment, he wrote, providing a link where interested staffers could learn more.
Vaszauskas' radiation treatment is set to begin the week of Sept. 10, he said.
"We have a wonderful leadership team in MISD, and they have done an exemplary job running the district while I have been out for surgery," he wrote. "Business will continue as usual."
Karen Wentworth, associate superintendent of human resources, will serve as the acting superintendent in Vaszauskas' absence.
-Patrick M. Walker