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Gallagher appointed acting superintendent

POSTED 1/13/2014
OESJ Board of Education appoints acting superintendent
The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Board of Education Monday, Jan. 13, appointed a veteran school administrator with experience in New York, New Jersey and Vermont as the new acting superintendent for the district.
Effective immediately, Thomas Gallagher will replace HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel as the acting OESJ superintendent. Dr. Michel was appointed the district’s acting superintendent in November after OESJ Superintendent Laura Lawrence was placed on paid administrative leave. 

In his statutory role as representative of the New York State Education Department, Dr. Michel is required to assume the responsibility of superintendent in any HFM BOCES component district when the position becomes vacant. 

Citing the demands of his schedule, Michel advised the OESJ board to hire a full-time acting superintendent for the district. Lawrence remains on paid leave. 

“I look forward to helping and serving the students, parents, residents, teachers and staff of OESJ all that I can, and helping the district move forward," Mr. Gallagher said. 

Gallagher began his career as a teacher/reading specialist in East Brunswick, N.J. After teaching for 10 years, he moved into school administration serving as a central school principal before accepting his first superintendent’s position in Wood-Ridge, N.J. in 1984. 

In 1994, Gallagher accepted the position of superintendent of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, where he worked for eight years before accepting the superintendent’s position in the Rome City School District. He retired from Rome in 2007.

Since then, Gallagher has served as the interim superintendent for the Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union in Poultney, Vt. and the Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union in Arlington, Vt. 

Gallagher is a graduate of New Jersey City University, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees there. He acquired his administrative certification through study at Rutgers University, Monmouth University and Montclair University. He completed his coursework for a doctorate in Educational Leadership through Nova University.

Gallagher's appointment runs until July.