ARMONK, N.Y. In 1990, Bill Donahue was hired as the director of guidance for the Byram Hills Central School District. Over 20 years, Donahue worked his way up the ladder in the district and was officially appointed as the superintendent in July.
After spending more than two decades in Armonk, Donahue said he couldnt think of a better school district to represent and lead than Byram Hills.
Its an extremely positive community that provides a lot of support to the schools and the students themselves, Donahue said. The students are great to work with and the parents are great to work with, and it makes for a very successful program.
Donahue replaces former Superintendent Jackie Taylor, who was appointed as superintendent of Byram Hills in 2008 just as Donahue was named an assistant superintendent. After originally working as the districts guidance director for seven years, Donahue worked as the Byram Hills High School principal for 11 years. Donahue said that working with Taylor as a mentor for the past four years had prepared him for his new role in the district.
I really couldnt be more fortunate to be following her because of all the preparation that I got, Donahue said. Plus she set incredibly high standards in virtually every area of the organization, so Im certainly committed to maintaining that.
A goal for Donahue is maintaining fiscal responsibility through the current economic times. As for the upcoming school year, Donahue said he is most looking forward to developing relationships with members of the Byram Hills community.
One of the biggest satisfactions I had as the principal of the high school was to help people solve unique dilemmas and problems that they ran into, Donahue said. And as the head of the organization, you can take opportunities to do that, and thats the most satisfying part of the work.
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