In June, Essex Aggie’s board of trustees approved a contract for Bourgeois that lasts through the 2013-2014 school year.
The deal rolled the costs of benefits he had already been receiving, such as compensation for life insurance and travel expenses, into his base salary so they could be counted toward his retirement pension.
In June, as the contract was finalized, Bourgeois told The Salem News that he was interested in staying on until the new school opened.
“I’ve had an outstanding experience at Essex Aggie,” Bourgeois said yesterday. “I couldn’t speak more highly of the students, board of trustees and staff, (which) made it a difficult decision to leave. I just felt it was the right time.”
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