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.