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February 20, 2013

Essex Aggie top leader will resign

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Essex Aggie has 482 students from 47 cities and towns across the region.

The state-owned school is set to merge with Middleton’s North Shore Technical High School and Peabody’s high school vocational programs into a new, 1,440-student school slated to open in 2014. The new school — Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School — is currently under construction on the Essex Aggie campus on Route 62.

Edwards said there are no hard feelings over Bourgeois’ resignation, and the staff he’s built at Essex Aggie will provide a smooth transition as he leaves.

“Roger’s done a superb job for us. ... I would recommend him for a superintendent’s job anywhere in the state,” he said. “We’ll miss him, but it’s not going to adversely affect the school at all.”

In Boston, Bourgeois will start at the same salary he’s making at Essex Aggie: $164,307 per year. He’ll receive a 2.5 percent raise on July 1, pending a performance review, according to the Boston Public Schools communications office.

Bourgeois will oversee Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury, including the school’s search for a headmaster, and be responsible for vocational/technical programs across the district.

Bourgeois has worked for 30 years in vocational and technical education, starting out as a carpentry teacher at Shawsheen Valley Technical High in Billerica before he became an administrator. He was the assistant superintendent of community services at Shawsheen Valley before being picked to head Essex Aggie in 2007.

Edwards said Bourgeois hasn’t applied for the superintendent position at the merged school, nor would he have the votes to be hired by the new school’s board.

“He wouldn’t have been superintendent of the merged school, that’s certain,” Edwards said. “... We (the Essex Aggie board) knew that with his talent, he needed to go somewhere. I think it’s a perfect place for him to go. We’ll all be reading about Roger and his accomplishments at the city of Boston.”

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