Director of special programs to leave Tupper school district

TUPPER LAKE – Kelly Wight, the director of special programs for the Tupper Lake Central School District, is leaving the district at the end of February.

Wight is taking a job with the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton Board of Cooperative Educational Services as a special education school improvement specialist. Her role will be to work with school districts like Lake Placid that have their special education departments under review and need to create a plan for improvement.

Wight will be based in Saranac Lake, working out of an office at the BOCES’ Adirondack Educational Center.

“It’s a good fit for me,” Wight said. “Special education is kind of my passion, and it’s a change to have a more singular focus.”

Petra LaBarge was granted a leave from her teaching position at the Tupper Lake Middle/High School to take over when Wight leaves Feb. 25. That position is scheduled to end at the end of the school year.

The school board Monday night approved a salary agreement for LaBarge. The Enterprise could not obtain the details of that agreement by press time.

School board members told Wight they were grateful for her service to the district.

“Thank you, Kelly, for everything – personally and professionally,” said school board member Jane Whitmore.

“We wish you the best,” said school board member Dawn Hughes.