Brenda Myers, a 26-year education veteran who has trained teachers in dozens of districts and helped craft state testing standards, has been appointed the new schools superintendent.
Myers, currently the superintendent of the Groton school district in upstate Tompkins County, takes the reins of the Valhalla school district on Oct. 4. She replaces Diane Ramos-Kelly, who retired in June.
With tougher state testing standards, cuts in state aid and little room to raise property taxes, Myers, 48, faces the challenge of providing academic intervention for more students not meeting standards and improving district programs with limited resources.
“Valhalla values the arts and the athletics and academic acceleration,” said Myers, who lives in Binghamton and has a home in Yorktown Heights. “That’s really the challenge, keeping that broad focus for all children,”
Myers’ contract has a starting salary of $207,000 a year and ends June 30, 2014. It provides annual raises of two percent and gives Myers 20 vacation days a year. Myers will meet with staff and be introduced to the community at a board meeting on Aug. 24.
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