By Peter Jovanovich
Dr. Eric Byrne, currently Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Chappaqua, is certain to be the next Superintendent of Rye City School District beginning July 1. In a February 9 letter from School Board President Katy Keohane Glassberg to the school community, it was announced the Board had “narrowed the field” to Dr. Byrne. The Board “expects to take formal action to appoint Eric at the February 28 meeting.”
Dr. Byrne, who received a B.A. in Natural Science and a Doctorate and Master’s Degree in Education, all from Fordham University, began his 23-year career in education as a science teacher in New York City. He was principal of Chappaqua’s Roaring Brook Elementary School for four years before becoming Assistant Superintendant six years ago.
“Eric emerged as the finalist from a very strong field of candidates. Forty candidates applied or were recruited for consideration,” remarked Glassberg. “He is known for building respectful, productive relationships that result in improvements in teaching and learning and he believes in the importance of making operational decisions based on the educational goals of a district.”
The search for a new superintendent began in September 2016, after the announcement of the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez. The Board of Education was assisted in its search by the firm of Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates. They conducted interviews with a wide variety of stakeholders, including community members, parents, teachers, students, union leaders, and administrators.
The Board expressed its gratitude and appreciation for Dr. Brian Monahan’s steady guidance as Interim Superintendent.
A reception will be held for Dr. Byrne at the March 7 Board of Education meeting.