CHAZY - Kevin J. Mulligan has been serving the educational system in the Northern Tier for more than 30 years - now the time has come for retirement.
When Mulligan's wife, Barbara, made the decision to retire as a kindergarten teacher at Rouses Point Elementary, Mulligan felt he wanted to do the same.
"I did not want to watch her roll over as I went to work," he laughed. "She didn't want to do the same."
Mulligan, who has served as the principal and superintendent of Chazy Central Rural School for the last five years, said working at the school "was a dream come true."
"I used to get in my car and drive to [Mount Assumption Institute] and I always thought, 'Boy, some day I'd like to teach at Chazy,'" recalled Mulligan.
Then, as the years went on, Mulligan began teaching at Northern Adirondack Central School, where he would pass by CCRS every day.
"I said, 'Boy, someday I could save about 20 some-odd miles and be at work already, rather than having to drive 28 miles one way,'" he said. "Then, I was on my way to Northeastern Clinton [Central School] ... and I'd always pass the Chazy bus. I said, 'Gee, maybe some day I'll be an administrator at Chazy.'"
"My kids went to school here, and my wife graduated from school here," Mulligan added. "I would have loved to have graduated from Chazy."
Now that retirement is upon him, Mulligan knows his time with CCRS is not over.
"During my superintendency, I came very much to appreciate a number of organizations," he explained. "But, there's one that's been very, very helpful to Chazy. That's the [Athletic Association]."
Mulligan said he hopes to become a member of the club, and hopefully resurrect a golf tournament held in the past.
Other plans for his retirement include a "honey-do" list and spending time with his grandchildren. "We want to see them; we want to enjoy them while we still have our health," said Mulligan.
However, Mulligan won't be out of the educational field for good, as he's hoping to do some work at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
"I'll keep my feet wet, so to speak, in education," Mulligan explained. "Teaching a course or two ... and also probably supervising student teachers."
During the 2010-2011 school year, John Fairchild, a former principal from Plattsburgh High School, will take over Mulligan's position.
"I think John being a graduate from here, I think it will be a good fit for [him]," he said.