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Clough asks board not to renew his contract

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MASSENA - Saying it’s been a good five-year run as the leader of the district, Massena Central School Superintendent Roger B. Clough said Wednesday that he has notified the district’s board of education that he does not wish to renew his current contract that expires on June 30, 2013.

Mr. Clough presented the board with his letter of intent during an executive session held during a June 21 board of education meeting. He said he would submit his formal resignation letter on or about June 1, 2013.

“I talked to the board at the end of June and told them I was very grateful to serve,” he said.

The board agreed to withhold any discussion of Mr. Clough’s intentions until after the start of classes in September to allow students, parents, district employees and the community to focus on the beginning of the school year, board President John R. Boyce said.

‘Everyone deserved the chance to start school without the distraction of this announcement,” he said. “Now that we have begun to settle into a routine, it is appropriate to share this with our community and to begin looking forward to the transition that lies ahead.”

Mr. Clough said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve the district as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He took over for former Superintendent Douglas W. Huntley on an interim basis in August 2008 after Mr. Huntley accepted a position with the Queensbury Union Free School District. He was named permanent superintendent in June 2009.

“I have been very fortunate to be employed by the Massena Central School District since 1995 in the capacities of teacher, principal both at Nightengale Elementary School and the J.W. Leary Junior High School, and the last four-and-a-half years as superintendent,” Mr. Clough said.

“It has been a privilege to serve the district and the community, especially since this is my hometown,” he said. “We have accomplished many goals and raised student scores, as well as creating many new programs in the district. My goals from this day forward are to focus on the great programs we have and continue to put the students first in performing my responsibilities.”

Mr. Clough said he made the decision after discussing it with his wife, and said he believed it was “for the betterment of the community.”

“My wife and I have talked probably since last fall when my father was ill. I had a commitment here and I wanted to make sure I followed through on that commitment,” he said. “I just thought it was appropriate (to share his decision with the board) once the budget passed.”

“We extend Mr. Clough our best wishes as he pursues new career opportunities,” Mr. Boyce said.

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