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February 20, 2013

Essex Aggie top leader will resign

DANVERS — Roger Bourgeois, superintendent of Essex Agricultural and Technical High School, will resign April 1 to take a job with the Boston Public Schools.

The news comes more than one year before Essex Aggie is set to merge with North Shore Technical High School and eight months into a two-year contract he signed intending to steer the school up to the transition.

Bourgeois, who has worked at Essex Aggie since 2007, has been hired for a newly created position in the Boston Public Schools: assistant superintendent for technical/vocational network.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Bourgeois said. “(Essex Aggie) has been a great school to work at. It was a very difficult decision to make. ... I have mixed emotions.”

Essex Aggie’s upcoming merger influenced Bourgeois to begin looking for other positions, he said yesterday.

“If Essex Aggie wasn’t merging, I wouldn’t be leaving,” he said. “It was going to be an issue, (having) two superintendents vying for one (job at the new, merged school). Less than a year and a half from now, Essex Aggie’s going to dissolve.”

“... As difficult as it is to leave Essex Aggie, this is just something that felt like it was the right place, the right time to move on.”

Essex Aggie’s board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday to accept Bourgeois’ resignation.

The board’s personnel subcommittee will meet next week and will likely recommend an interim superintendent to fill out the remainder of the school year, Chairman Joseph Edwards said.

Essex Aggie Principal Joy White is licensed to work as a superintendent, Edwards said.

“My feeling is that she (White) will be chosen (as interim),” Edwards said. “I don’t think there will be an issue at all with her taking over, if she chooses to do so.”

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