Super departs

Langevin says she’ll stay in community

By David S. Lewis

NEW SCOTLAND –Voorheesville’s school superintendent, Linda Langevin, announced her resignation last night, citing an illness in the family as the cause.  Her resignation will be effective as of Aug. 31. 

The board president, David Gibson, expressed his regret, as did other members of the board.

The announcement came at the close of an executive session, the second in as many days. 

“I hope the district and the community understand that this is not a decision I came to lightly,” said Langevin in a press release read aloud by Gibson after the closed session. “It has been a privilege to serve the district and I hope that the strides we have made in addressing opportunities for children will continue to serve the district well into the future.”

Langevin told The Enterprise that, among other accomplishments, she was proud of her work towards aligning the curriculum and developing a database for curriculum development.

“I think everyone in the district was happy with that,” Langevin said in a phone interview last night.

Gibson said that the board would likely use Board of Cooperative Educational Services to manage the search for a new superintendent.  He also said the board did not expect the search to be completed before Mrs. Langevin was to step down; he said the board was having discussions with potential interim superintendents.

Langevin, who was appointed to the position in April of 2005, had been the superintendent of AuSable Valley Central Schools in Clintonville, N.Y. in the Adirondack region for seven years.  She took the job in order to be closer to her family.

Langevin has regularly attended town meetings as well as school functions, and says she will continue to do so.  She helped guide the district through a difficult period, soon after she arrived, when her predecessor was accused by the state comptroller of misappropriating funds.   Auditing practices have been tightened during her tenure.

She told The Enterprise that she planned to stay in the area, and to continue to be active in the community. 

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  • On Election Night, three of the four incumbent New Scotland Democrats facing Republican challengers were still facing uncertain futures as a number of absentee ballots had yet to be counted. But the Democrats breathed a collective sigh of relief on Nov. 17 after the release of the absentee-ballot counts. However, the recanvass results recently released by the Albany County Board of Elections should give Democrats pause as they show that Republicans — there are six for every 10 Democrats in town — are becoming more competitive.

  • During a recent public hearing on the village’s proposed local law that would have Voorheesville opt out of both retail sales of marijuana and on-site consumption, the board of trustees heard very little in the way of agreement for its proposal. 

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