After barely a year on the job, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School principal has resigned, Vineyard schools superintendent Matthew D’Andrea confirmed Friday.

“Gil Traverso has given us verbal notification that he has accepted a position in New Haven, Conn., Mr. D’Andrea told the Gazette. He said he had only just received the news this week, and that he and assistant superintendent Richard Smith are in discussion about the next steps. “We are looking at our options and deciding on a plan going forward, which we will communicate to the school community probably early next week,” Mr. D’Andrea said. “Gil Traverso has been a tremendous asset and he will be missed.”

Mr. Traverso was named as new principal at the regional high school in July 2014. He took over for principal Stephen Nixon, who had resigned his post three months earlier. Mr. Traverso began work in September at the start of the school year. He came to the Vineyard from Springfield where he had been head of a vocational school, and his long experience as an educator was cited as a plus. He had been a resident of Hamden, Ct.

The New Haven Independent, an online news site, reported this week that Mr. Traverso was appointed as one three new directors of instruction for the New Haven public schools. Members of the school district's board of education unanimously approved his hiring at a salary of $140, 021. He will begin work on Sept. 8, according to the Independent.