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Hammond Central School Superintendent Douglas H. McQueer, clad in school colors, red and white, monitored the school’s halls Thursday, making sure students reached their classes.

It’s one of the many ways Mr. McQueer assists staff throughout the school year. He also helps prepare the athletic fields in August and the maintenance crew with heavy lifting, and tutors students in his favorite subject, math.

He said parents have his cell phone number in case they need to call him about student concerns.

“I try to help whenever I can — whatever I can do to help get things done,” he said.

Mr. McQueer is ending an 18-year career as a teacher and administrator within the district.

Mr. McQueer’s contract was not renewed in July, even though he was reappointed by board members. But Mr. McQueer harbors no ill will towards his alma mater.

“From the community to students, teachers and staff – everyone has been great,” he said. “Hopefully they will do well in the future.”

Interim Superintendent Randy C. Richards, will take over in the coming days.

Teachers wished Mr. McQueer well Friday while throwing a celebration in his honor.

“I would like to thank Mr. McQueer for his years of service to Hammond Central School,” Hammond Teacher’s Association President Kim Slate said. “I wish him good luck in his future endeavors.”

Mr. McQueer has a long history with the district. Portions of Mr. McQueer’s family farm were sold to build Hammond Central School in the 1950s.

But Mr. McQueer wasn’t always sold on a career in education. For a time, he said he juggled ideas about becoming a veterinarian, teacher or an accountant.

“I was always good in school,” said the 1980 valedictorian. “I was considering becoming a veterinarian because I grew up on a farm. But then I thought I always got along well with kids.”

Mr. McQueer received his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from SUNY Potsdam in 1988 before receiving his master’s from St. Lawrence University. He student-taught and subbed at Parishville Central School until he saw there was an opening in his hometown.

Mr. McQueer began teaching eighth through 12th grade mathematics in the same room he was taught in.

During that time he worked alongside his fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, Douglas E. Delosh.

“I remember him playing basketball,” Mr. McQueer said. “He was an excellent player. He would take students over to Potsdam State to see them play.”

Now retired and serving as Town Board member, Mr. Delosh said he has fond memories of working with Mr. McQueer.

While Mr. McQueer said he had no administrative aspirations, he offered to take over as assistant principal when “no one wanted the job,” he said.

School Board President James Tague later approached Mr. McQueer to apply as superintendent. On July 1, 2006, Mr. McQueer began his term as superintendent.

“I didn’t want to at first, but the district pushed and the teachers were very supportive,” he said.

During his time as superintendent, Mr. McQueer said he has been proud of the amount of money the district has saved in a time when many districts are struggling against insolvency and the variety of Distance Learning programs offered.

“We offer DL in almost any subject students want. Now they are taking advanced English, psychology and social science classes,” Mr. McQueer said. “I hear it so many times from parents, going to Hammond is like getting a private school education with public dollar.”

Mr. Delosh said he is sad to see Mr. McQueer leave the district.

“In my 41-plus years of education, I think he is one of the finest administrators we have had,” he said. “He has done a superb job, and this is a tremendous loss for the community.”

As for the future, Mr. McQueer said he would like to continue working in the field of education. He said he is hopeful about the future of Hammond.

“This building is family,” he said. “Two thirds of our staff were born here or raised somewhere nearby in the north country. A lot of teachers know the kids. It’s hard for kids to fall through the cracks with so many eyes watching them. That’s the advantage of a small school.”

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