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ADAMS CENTER — South Jefferson Central School District Superintendent Jamie A. Moesel will end her education career where she started it.

Mrs. Moesel said she will submit a letter at the Board of Education meeting March 24 stating her intent to retire in June.

“I love this district as much today as the first day I began working here,” Mrs. Moesel said. “I’m a graduate of South Jeff; it’s been a special place for me. But I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and seeing what happens next.”

Mrs. Moesel has a husband, John H.; and two daughters, Allison A. Moesel of Arlington, Va., and Adrienne E. Sliz of Boston.

The South Jefferson School district, one of the largest in the area, serves about 2,000 students, has about 360 employees and covers 225 square miles.

Mrs. Moesel transferred to the district in high school to participate in its music program. From South Jefferson, she went on to the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where she was introduced to music therapy.

“I fell in love with that kind of service,” Mrs. Moesel said. “It’s a different kind of path from music to special education.”

She began working for South Jefferson school district in 1992 as an office administrator and later moved to Massachusetts before coming back to the north country to work for the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services in special education. She said that with BOCES, her career evolved to superintendent of special education and the transition led to her decision to come to South Jefferson, where she has served as superintendent for the past 10 years, succeeding Terry Fralick, now the Watertown City School superintendent, when he left that position.

Mrs. Moesel said she has made her decision known to other staff members. The board is currently reviewing which process to use to select a new superintendent.

BOCES Superintendent Jack J. Boak said that school districts have a few options for choosing a new superintendent. The district could choose to work through BOCES for the search, hire an outside consulting service, or create a succession plan for choosing an internal candidate.

“It can be a lengthy process, and it’s a very important leadership position for any district,” he said.

Mrs. Moesel said anyone who comes into the position after her should know the special connection between the community and the school.

“In our district we approach things as a team,” Mrs. Moesel said. “That has been one of the most important factors, is we do things together. We all do different things but we work together to serve the community.”

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