PERU - A familiar face is returning to the Peru Central School District.
Scott J. Osborne will assume the duties of Peru Primary School principal following the anticipated retirement of Christine Angevine at the end of the school year, July 1. Osborne is returning to the district where he previously taught grades 5 and 6 and served as coordinator of the intermediate school's Reading First program. He left the school district in June 2007 to assume his current position as principal of Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School.
When he learned of the opening at Peru Primary School, Osborne said he decided to make the move to present himself with a new challenge. The ELCS district has approximately 350 students in grades kindergarten through 12, while the Peru school has a slightly higher concentration of students, overseeing roughly 440 kindergartners through second-graders. Though his role in overseeing a K-12 school has been fulfilling, Osborne said he was excited in pursuing a position which focused on early childhood education.
"I've had an amazing experience here in Elizabethtown. I can't say enough about the people here. They really welcomed me into this community as if i had been living here for the last 20 years," said Osborne. "But, the notion of moving to a larger organization and focusing on one specific group of students was a very, very attractive one."
What Osborne said he has enjoyed most about his time with the ELCS district is seeing the positive impact a tightly woven district-wide curriculum can have as students continue on their educational paths.
"Right in front of my eyes, I've been able to see very clearly and directly how good work in the primary grades is the start of a successful high school completion," he said. "I'm hoping to bring that perspective to the table at Peru Primary, making sure we have solid outcomes for our second-graders so when they leave us, we're even more confident than we were before that they're ready for that next step." Osborne said it will be difficult to fill Angevine's shoes, given her 31-year history as an educator with the district, though he will do his best.
"I wish she could bottle up her brain and her experience and leave it for me," said Osborne. "I'm sure I'll be talking to her frequently for advice ... I'm hoping to continue the excellence that's been happening there and lead the school forward."
In a press release, Peru CSD superintendent A. Paul Scott said Osborne's particular blend of experience and patterns of success were "instrumental" in him being selected for the position among more than a dozen state-certified applicants.
"We are fortunate to have in Scott Osborne extensive experience as a classroom teacher in a team setting, and a solid track record of success in his current work as a building principal in Essex County," Scott stated. "I look forward to working with Principal Osborne in the years ahead. He is well-prepared to provide top quality service as a principal for Peru Primary School." ELCS superintendent Gail S. Else said Osborne taking the new position is bittersweet but wished him well with his new endeavor. The connections he has helped facilitate between students and their families with the district's faculty and staff have been among the many accomplishments he has made, she said.
"Certainly, we are very sad to see him leave us," said Else. "He has made some great contributions to our district in the time he has been here ... We wish him certainly the utmost success in his new position."
"I'm simply going from one great community to another," said Osborne, "but I'm going to miss the people here."
The ELCS district's search for Osborne's replacement has begun, Else said, adding his notice of resignation was given with ample time to find a quality candidate for the position.