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Oswego School Chief Plans To Step Down

Ben Halsey signs his contract with the school district in late October 2013. At left is board president Kathleen Allen. The superintendent is considering leaving early.

Ben Halsey signs his contract with the school district in late October 2013. At left is board president Kathleen Allen. The superintendent is considering leaving early.

OSWEGO – The Oswego City School District Superintendent informally notified the board Thursday of his intentions of stepping down.

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Ben Halsey signs his contract with the school district in late October 2013. At left is board president Kathleen Allen. The superintendent is considering leaving early.

“I met with the board and informed them of my intentions,” Superintendent Ben Halsey told Oswego County Today. “I have been living apart from my family for two years, come this December.”

According to his contract with the district, he is required to reside within the district.

“Trying to relocate all of my family here has run into some obstacles,” he explained. “So, for personal reason, I will be stepping down in order to get back with my family.”

No timeframe has been established.

“I just informally let them know. I haven’t submitted a letter of resignation. It’s just about being open and transparent,” he said.

The board has been “very gracious” in allowing him to try to work through these issues, he added.

“I love working here. The potential in this district is tremendous,” he said. “But, family comes first.”

While he has nothing planned for the immediate future, he noted he will likely seek a superintendent position in some other school district.

In October 2013, Halsey signed a three-year one-month deal, commencing Dec. 2 through Dec. 31, 2016.