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Roger Clough Puts Education Degrees to Good Use

Roger Clough has always been passionate about education and his own educational background illustrates that well. Roger Clough has had the opportunity to put his skills to use in his work with students in the Massena Central School District.

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Roger Clough is currently Superintendent for the Massena Central School District. Roger Clough’s education and experience have given him the knowledge he needs to bring success to the school district and its students.

Roger Clough began his post-secondary education at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where Roger Clough double majored in History and Elementary Education. Roger Clough returned to the State University of New York at Potsdam to pursue a Masters degree in Education during his first years as a teacher. Roger Clough majored in Reading while pursuing his Masters of Science degree in Education. In 2002, Roger Clough graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, with a second Masters degree. After receiving his Masters of Education in School Administration and Supervision, Roger Clough began his administrative journey in the Massena Central School District.

In the fall following the completion of his second Masters degree, Roger Clough returned to Nightengale Elementary School, where he had previously taught, as an administrative intern. Roger Clough took over as Nightengale Elementary’s principal in January of the next year. Roger Clough served as principal of a junior high school in Massena Central School District as well before being named the District’s superintendent.  

When Roger Clough stepped into the role as superintendent, the district was in the midst of a trying financial situation. Roger Clough was not an expert in finance when he was confronted with this situation. However, Roger Clough stepped up and made the hard decisions, including layoffs and staff reassignments, in order to provide the students of the district with the best possible opportunities and education. Though Roger Clough was unpopular with many for the decisions he made, he stood his ground knowing that he was acting in the best interests of the district’s students. “The students are always, and have always been, my primary concern,” said Roger Clough. “I did what needed to do for their benefit; making sure our students have the best education and opportunities is my only concern.”

Roger Clough applied much of the knowledge that he brought from his previous teaching experience and from his formal education. “Even with all I know, I’ve learned that there’s always something new to take from the job I do,” said Roger Clough.

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Roger Clough Celebrates 5 Years as Superintendent

As Roger Clough nears his five year anniversary as superintendent of the Massena Central School District, he shares his experience and accomplishments.

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Roger Clough has a worked in a wide range of roles since beginning his career in the Massena Central School District. Roger Clough brought his experience in roles from kindergarten to sixth grade education with him to his current role as Superintendent of the Massena Central School District. In his time there, Roger Clough has made a number of strides to help improve student opportunities and achievement. Though Roger Clough admits that the job has not always been easy, he has found it a profoundly rewarding one.

Though the title of superintendent sounds like one job, in accepting it meant that Roger Clough became responsible for a range of school district-related business. Roger Clough became the Massena School District’s chief administrator, fiscal manager, and director. Roger Clough became responsible for a range of programs and responsibilities including the school’s budget, personnel, program development, transportation, and maintenance among other things. Roger Clough took the reins as superintendent as the district was facing some hard financial times. “There were definitely some tough decisions that needed to be made for the good of the district and its students. While I thought carefully about matters, I did not hesitate to make the decisions that I felt would provide our students with the best results. In every decision that I’ve made as superintendent, I’ve considered our students and the effect that each decision will have on them,” said Roger Clough.

Roger Clough prides himself on the academic programs that he was able to bring to the Massena Central School District. “We overcame difficult economic times and an often divided board to successfully introduce programs that promoted educational enhancement, staff and curriculum development, and learning during out-of-school time,” said Roger Clough. Roger Clough worked on improving the district’s academic programs including expanding their International Baccalaureate program, making college credit classes available to all high school students, broadening their Pre-Kindergarten offerings, and starting Junior Kindergarten classes.

Roger Clough is proud that Massena Central School District now boasts the most comprehensive academic program in the North Country. Recently U.S. News & World Report just ranked Massena High School in the top five percent of US high schools. The school is ranked #1073 out of 21,776 US high schools, and #137 out of 1165 New York high schools. Roger Clough is proud to have this achievement take place under his leadership.

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