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Superintendent Peter Turner set to leave NCCS for Carthage

Peter Turner

Peter Turner

Turner starts at Carthage on July 1. He will be paid $150,000 annually.

He believes he leaves Northeastern Clinton a more efficient operation, but the educational challenges facing the district include a declining population and vanishing state aid revenues.

The new annual reviews for educators will also be considerable challenge, Turner said. He believes the state rolled that program out too quickly.

Plattsburgh City School was one of five districts across the state that were supposed to devise and pilot a new evaluation tool, but due to the federal Race to the Top program and the state was forced to do implement the in short order.

Districts have been scrambling to devise their own systems, which has required significant investments of time and resources.

Ultimately, it comes down to the students, Turner said. He believes they will perform if treated with respect.

“You have to try a variety of things when you educate a child,” Turner said. “It is not like a factory where you can adjust the speed of the assembly line. Every child is different.”

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