"That's a hard commodity to quantify, but it's a real commodity," Aucoin said.
Though Aucoin is leaving, he's not leaving behind the reins of Seton Catholic to a total stranger. Catherine Russell, most recently a guidance counselor with the Crown Point Central School District, has taken over for Aucoin and is someone he knows quite well.
"I taught her," he said.
Russell is a 1973 graduate of Immaculate Heart Central School in Watertown, where Aucoin served in roles as an educator and principal for more than 15 years.
"I've known her all these years ... She's always had an affection for Catholic schools and taught in them when she was first out of college," said Aucoin. "So, she's coming back to her roots, so to speak."
"She's very competent and knows education well," added Aucoin. "I'm sure she'll do very well."