By Peter Jovanovich
“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as your new superintendent,” said Dr. Eric Byrne at a reception held by the Rye City School District on March 7 at Rye Middle School. Byrne will succeed Dr. Brian Monahan, Interim Superintendent, beginning July 1 of this year.
In his opening remarks, Byrne expressed his dedication to “building on the current success of our of our schools while striving to identify avenues for growth and improvement.”
“As part of my entry plan,” Byrne continued, “I will invite members of the community, faculty, students, and staff to meet with me this summer in order to learn about the strengths and needs of our schools. Through hard work, creativity, strong instructional programs, and a commitment to continuous improvement, we will work together to provide the best possible experience and preparation for the children of Rye.”
As previously reported, Dr. Byrne has been an educator in public schools for 23 years, including high school science teacher, assistant principal and principal, and currently Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Chappaqua Central School District.
Rye City School Board president Katy Keohane Glassberg noted that the search process included over 40 candidates. “When we visited Chappaqua, one of Eric’s colleagues remarked: ‘Everyone knows that Eric is a vision guy, but he’s also the person who can plan and execute all the concrete steps to accomplish that vision.”’
Asked if there was one class he would like to teach today if he could, Byrne replied, “Literature. It meant a lot to me in my student days.”
Dr. Eric Byrne with his daughter Hannah and wife Andrea at the March 7 community gathering