The Rye City School District Board of Education has found its man, naming Dr. Eric Byrne as its next superintendent.
Byrne has been serving as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at the Chappaqua Central School District for six years. He was appointed as acting superintendent in October 2016 and served in that capacity until January 2017. Previously, Byrne served as the principal at Chappaqua’s Roaring Brook Elementary School for four years.
Byrne began his career in education as a science teacher in the New York City public schools. He received his doctorate and a master’s degree in education from Fordham University; he also received a degree in natural science from Fordham.
“After a rigorous selection process, the choice was clear,” said Board of Education President Katy Keohane Glassberg. “Dr. Eric Byrne’s background and experience as a leader in curriculum development and implementation is extraordinary.”
Byrne will formally be appointed to the position at the next board meeting on Feb. 28, and he will officially take over as superintendent on or around July 1.
He will take over for Dr. Brian Monahan, who has been serving as the district’s interim superintendent since Aug. 1, 2016, following the departure of Dr. Frank Alvarez, who stepped down from the post in July 2016. According to a source, Monahan was believed to be seeking the permanent superintendent position, and was considered to be one of the finalists for the job.