WESTPORT — Adam Facteau has been named the new Westport Central School principal and the district's chairperson of the Committee on Special Education.
Westport Central Superintendent John Gallagher said Facteau stood out among the candidates because of his kindergarten-through-grade-12 experience and his knowledge of the regulations and procedures of special education.
"Anytime you’re filling an administrative vacancy, you hope that the new person can make a smooth transition and keep things going," he said.
"At a school like Westport, we want to keep improving. We hope that Mr. Facteau will continue that trend of getting a little bit better every year."
Gallagher said the search process began in May, when current principal and committee Chairperson Michele Friedman was named director of CV-TEC by Champlain Valley Educational Services in Plattsburgh.
Applications closed on May 30, then a seven-person committee reviewed them, selecting five of eight candidates for final interviews.
"We had a process in which each candidate was asked the same questions, then at the conclusion, the committee came to a consensus as to who we wanted to recommend to the board," Gallagher said.
"These people are all highly qualified. It’s a very difficult process, and it took the committee a while."
The School Board officially appointed Facteau to the job at the June 12 meeting.
His anticipated start date is July 1, and his salary will be $72,000 for the two positions.
Friedman's last day will be July 31, Gallagher said.
Facteau has been a teacher at Westport Central School for seven years.
He earned his bachelor's degree in business and marketing at SUNY Oswego and two master's degrees from SUNY Plattsburgh, the first in curriculum and instruction and the other in administration.
Facteau had not originally considered the teaching track, but after his first semester at Clinton Community College, where he earned a 4.0, his professor encouraged him to go for a four-year education.