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Byram Hills School District Staff Stays And Goes

ARMONK, N.Y. – The Byram Hills Central School District officially said goodbye to one of its administrators Tuesday night while accepting seven teachers for the long haul by granting them tenure at the board of ducation meeting in Armonk.

Superintendent Jackie Taylor said that granting tenure to the new crop of teachers this year adds to the district’s already stellar staff.

“Having been here 15 years I know the value of having great teachers in our district,” Taylor said.  “And I can’t tell you how many times parents have casually come up to me and told me how incredible of a teaching staff we have.”

The teachers granted tenure by the board Tuesday included Catherine Eshoo, English teacher at Byram Hills High School, Carolyn Lanfredi, psychologist at Byram Hills High School, Catherine McCarthy, world language teacher at Byram Hills High School, Ruben Torres, social studies teacher at Byram Hills High School, Melinda Fuller, English teacher at H.C. Crittenden Middle School, Levi Litman, math teacher at H.C. Crittenden Middle School, and Jaime Karp, psychologist at Wampus Elementary School and Coman Hill Elementary School.  Each teacher went through a three-year probationary period where they underwent a series of informal and formal evaluations as well as a portfolio submission of their progress.

Ira Schulman, president of the board of education, said that obtaining tenure within the Byram Hills District was a great accomplishment.

“Gaining tenure is far from a given, it’s not a free throw,” Schulman said.  “It’s a very difficult process.”

Deputy Superintendent William Donahue said the teachers should aim to thrive within the district now that their probationary period is over.

“Tenure isn’t about lifetime employment,” Donahue said.  “It’s about becoming a leader.”

The board of education also accepted the resignation of Wampus Elementary School Assistant Principal Angela Garcia, who announced earlier this month that she will be accepting the position of Principal of the Osborn School in the Rye City School System.  Taylor said the resignation was bitter sweet.

“Angela is a very well respected person who got a wonderful offer from the Rye City Schools,” Taylor said.  “We’ll miss her greatly but we’re happy for her.”

Schulman added that Garcia leaving for a higher position speaks volumes about the Byram Hills Schools.

“We realize that opportunities come around and we believe the schools choose Byram Hills administrators for a reason,” Schulman said.

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