When Matthew St. Peter first set foot in Richfield Springs Central School as a modified girls basketball coach in 1995, he had no idea that he would be returning as the school’s new Junior/Senior High School principal over 25 years later.
On July 1, RSCS welcomed St. Peter to his new position. Since then, he has been making the daily commute from Waterville for a busy summer of preparations for the return of students on the first day of school Sept. 7.
St. Peter’s path to RSCS principal started with a childhood spent in the village of Sherburne, where he graduated from Sherburne-Earlville Central School with the Class of 1987. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a minor in business from Le Moyne College in 1991, St. Peter earned his Master of Arts in Teaching English from Colgate University in 1993.
Having not originally expected to embark on a career in education, St. Peter began teaching at Waterville Central School, where he would go on to spend the next 28 years as both a faculty member and resident. “This is the first time that I will not be starting the school year at Waterville,'' St. Peter said.
His decision to spend nearly three decades at WCS was strongly influenced by the district’s small-town atmosphere, which reminded him of his upbringing in his own hometown.
St. Peter’s time at Waterville not only felt like being around…