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Superintendent Taylor Says Goodbye To Byram Hills

ARMONK, N.Y. – After serving the Byram Hills Central School District for the past 15 years, Jackie Taylor is set to retire from her position as the district’s superintendent.  Now that the time has come to say goodbye, Taylor said it is more difficult than she originally anticipated.

“It’s a bit sad, it’s hard to leave,” said Taylor, who announced in October her plans to retire at the end of the school year. “But I’m so proud of all of the accomplishments of this district throughout the years, which makes a great ending to my time here.”

Taylor began serving as superintendent in 2008 and previously was the district’s deputy superintendent for curriculum and personnel. At Tuesday’s graduation ceremony for the Byram Hills High School class of 2012, Taylor was honored for her work as superintendent that began when the graduating class were freshmen. Ira Schulman, president of the Byram Hills Board of Education and a board member for the past 13 years, praised Taylor for making the district successful.

“Jackie has indeed made this school district a great place to learn,” Schulman said.

Taylor said she is most proud of being part of hiring 85 percent of all teachers in the district and 90 percent of all administrators. Taylor said she believes this foundation will allow the district to flourish in her absence.

“This district will continue to produce great students going forward as one of the best public school districts in the area,” Taylor said.

Taylor will be succeeded by William Donahue on July 1. Donahue is the district’s deputy superintendent of human resources and leadership development.

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