CHAZY - With one quarter of the school year under his belt, Jon Fairchild is settling into his new role as superintendent and high school principal at Chazy Central Rural School.
Fairchild lived in Chazy while growing up and attended the school from kindergarten through graduation in 1977.
"You've heard the expression, 'Dying and going to Heaven,' Sort of fits that," said Fairchild of returning to his alma mater. "It's just a very special community and one of the real nice things is the staff and the people that were here when I was a student, they've all retired, so there isn't that role reversal, which can be a challenge."
Fairchild added he hasn't seen much change in the school since he attended.
"The rules are almost the same," he said. "Even the time to get from class to class hasn't changed. So, when a student tells me they can't make it from Point A to Point B in three minutes, I know he's not telling the truth."
Fairchild took the position at CCRS following a one-year principalship at Salmon River School and eight-year principalship at Plattsburgh High School, where the class roster was much larger, a difference he finds has its pros and cons.
"I'm a firm believer in small K through 12 schools. Students don't get lost in the shuffle. Fortunately we don't have a lot of turnover in students, which is really good to know the students and their families," he explained. "Downside is we can't offer the same things we can at PHS. Both situations have staff members that are extremely talented and do a great job with kids and are fun to work with."
Balancing the roles of both principal and superintendent has also been a transition for Fairchild.
"It gets a little hectic sometimes. Really struggle when I have to reevaluate myself. Haven't figured that one out yet," joked Fairchild.