CLINTONVILLE — AuSable Valley Central School District recently underwent administrative changes.
Effective July 1, Aimee Defayette stepped down from her role as High School principal to become the district’s head of special education.
Taking on Defayette’s former title is Javier Perez, who was dean of students at AVCS from 2009 until 2011, when the position was eliminated due to budget cuts.
For the past two years, Perez, who also previously taught Spanish at AuSable Valley High School, has served as principal of Lake Placid Elementary School.
He told the Press-Republican in an email that he is pleased to be returning to AVCS.
“I am really looking forward to working once again with the faculty and staff, as our relationship in the past was a very positive one,” said Perez, who has received a three-year probationary appointment as High School principal at a salary of $90,000.
“I also look forward to working with the student body and the entire AuSable Valley school community.”
In addition, he is eager to rekindle positive working relationships with his fellow administrators within the district.
“What I hope to accomplish is to continue to build on the academic excellence that AuSable Valley High School is known for and to collaborate, motivate and lead this faculty through all of the current state-driven educational initiatives,” Perez said.
“This is a very strong faculty and a great community, and together I really think we can accomplish a lot.”
In addition to earning a master’s degree in education in curriculum and instruction and a certificate of advanced studies in educational leadership from SUNY Plattsburgh, the new principal also holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas and has a clinical social work license.
AuSable Valley Central Superintendent Paul Savage told the Press-Republican in an email that Perez is a “great student advocate and leader,” as well as an “excellent administrator” with a “strong communication ability.”