Press-Republican

June 4, 2013

Chateaugay School superintendent leaving

By DENISE A. RAYMO
Press-Republican

---- — CHATEAUGAY — Superintendent Dale Breault is leaving Chateaugay Central School District after 18 years as a teacher and administrator.

He will become the assistant director of the Northeastern Regional Information Center in Plattsburgh, overseeing its North Country office, which serves school districts in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Breault’s last day at Chateaugay is July 19.

HELP WITH SEARCH

He offered his resignation during a special meeting of the School Board, which immediately began its search for an interim superintendent and permanent replacement.

The board will get help from Steve Shafer, superintendent of the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

‘BITTERSWEET’

Breault, who began his career at Chateaugay in 1995, was initially the vocal-music teacher before becoming the elementary-school then high-school principal.

He was named superintendent in 2008.

“I was not looking to leave the district, but this was a great opportunity for me to be able to serve the entire region as a technology leader,” Breault said in an email. “It is very bittersweet.”

He will continue living in the Chateaugay District, where his children attend school and his wife, Tillie, works as an English teacher.

‘NATURAL FIT’

The Information Center is part of the Capital Region BOCES, which provides advanced technology services to more than 140 school districts across 12 counties.

“Technology has always been a little passion of mine, and I’ve incorporated it even when I was a teacher and as an administrator,” he said.

“I kind of became the technology guy at the school since I came to the district.”

Breault has worked closely with Information Center personnel for years and became “a strong advocate for their mission, which is why this new job was a natural fit for me.”

WAVES OF CHANGE

He said the integration of technology and education has come in waves, and his new job puts him in a position to help local school districts implement those changes.

Breault said the first phase computerized basic information about students and their performance, such as report cards and other records.

That was followed by schools jumping into use and integration of the Internet into education.

The next phase will bring districts into adaptive use of mobile and hand-held devices in education, he said.

Offering this information and related services to school districts where he already has personal and professional relationships as superintendent will be an asset to both parties, Breault said.

“Clearly, this is a wonderful opportunity,” he said of the new job, “but I find when I walk down the halls, I feel sad. I won’t be seeing the kids anymore.

“That’s the best part about being at a small school, walking the halls and seeing the kids.”

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com