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SRF taps Tessier as superintendent

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ST. REGIS FALLS — Alan Tessier, interim superintendent with St. Regis Falls Central School, will be the district’s superintendent for the next three years, effective Oct. 1.

SRF board president Mickey Smith said Mr. Tessier’s contract will be official Oct. 1 and run through Sept. 30, 2017, “pending successful completion of a contractual agreement.”

At the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES Superintendent Steve Shafer produced 30 applications of those interested in the position.

Mr. Tessier was not one of them.

Mr. Smith said board members had previously asked Mr. Tessier if he would be interested in taking on the job on more than an interim basis.

Mr. Smith said they asked again on Tuesday night.

Mr. Tessier said when first approached, it was something he had to mull over before making his decision to stay. On Tuesday, he said he had made his decision.

“I enjoy working with the board, I’ve met some very positive people during the summer here,” Mr. Tessier said. “Retirement has its limitations. I enjoy being busy.”

Mr. Tessier, of Lawrenceville, is a former superintendent in the St. Lawrence Central School District, where he retired. He has also worked with the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES and was assistant superintendent in the Malone Central School District.

Mr. Tessier previously said he used to live in the district and that his children attended SRF schools.

SRF board vice president Thomas O’Bryan said he looked forward to having Mr. Tessier on board.

“I feel [Mr. Tessier has] a good understanding of where we are and where we need to go,” Mr. O’Bryan said.

Mr. Tessier became the interim superintendent at SRF after an agreement with the Brushton-Moira Central School district to share a superintendent was terminated. SRF board members said they would prefer to have their own superintendent.

Mr. Smith previously said that the decision wasn’t a reflection on the performance of Shared Superintendent Donna André

BMC board members reluctantly agreed to end the shared service agreement effective June 30.

Ms. André was chosen to be the shared superintendent in December 2012, following the resignation of former Shared Superintendent Beverly Ouderkirk.

Ms. André didn’t officially start until Feb. 25, 2013, after working hands-on with Ms. Ouderkirk.

Ms. Ouderkirk started the shared position on July 1, 2011, making the schools the first in the state to have a shared superintendent position.

Ms. André remains the BMC superintendent.

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