CHAZY - There's a familiar face coming to town.
John H. Fairchild has been named the new superintendent of the Chazy Central Rural School District by the district's board of education. Fairchild will assume the superintendency July 1 following the retirement of current superintendent Kevin J. Mulligan.
"Kevin and I are going to talk and he'll fill me in on things going on in the school now," said Fairchild, "and I'll spend several months just sitting back and listening to people in the community and the school to see where we can go from there."
"The nice thing is I don't think there's a lot of fixing that needs to be done," he added. "It's a really good school district with a lot of great things going on."
Fairchild, who will also serve as high school principal as part of his new responsibilities, will be staying close to his roots. He served as principal of Plattsburgh High School for more than three years until being denied tenure in March 2009. The highly-controversial decision by the Plattsburgh City School District's board of education sparked an outcry from the public, though Fairchild moved on to accept the principalship at Salmon River Central High School in Fort Covington.
Fairchild, who lives in Plattsburgh, has been traveling more than 120 miles round-trip on a daily basis and said he's looking forward to the shorter commute.
"It will save me about two hours a day in driving," said Fairchild.
Fairchild is originally from Chazy and is a 1977 CCRS graduate. The feeling of going back to his alma mater on the other side of the academic table is "pretty good," he said.
"The chance to go home and give back to the school that gave me a really fine education is exciting," Fairchild said, adding he has "very fond memories" of the school. "I'm excited to meet everyone that's working there and continue on the fine tradition at Chazy."