CHAZY — Chazy Elementary School has bid farewell to Principal Tom Tregan, who retired after 10 years as leader of the school.
“We’re very sad to see him go," said CCRS Superintendent John Fairchild.
Tregan began his career in education in 1981 as a substitute teacher in area schools.
Between 1981 and 1989, he held several positions at the former St. John's Academy in Plattsburgh, including physical-education teacher, assistant principal, athletic director and coach of boys soccer, girls basketball and boys track.
Tregan was later employed as a physical-education teacher and coach at CCRS and the Plattsburgh City School District before taking on the role of assistant principal of Stafford Middle School in 1998.
He left the City School District in 2004 to become leader of Chazy Elementary.
"I have greatly enjoyed my time in Chazy," he told the Press-Republican in an email. "I have been a very fortunate person to be able to serve such a wonderful community (and) work with a Board of Education that routinely made decisions in the best interest of students; hardworking and respectful students; and dedicated, caring and loyal staff.
"I cannot imagine that anyone could have had a more pleasant experience than I did."
In 2012, under Tregan's leadership, Chazy Elementary was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School, something he considers an honor and highlight of his career.
In addition, he has enjoyed working with the staff and students at CCRS over the years and watching the school's youth rise to challenges.
"This is a very special school and school community that has high expectations for students and produces graduates that are well prepared academically and to be responsible citizens," Tregan said.