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Aug 14, 2012 4:56 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Springs School Board Appoints New Assistant Principal

Aug 14, 2012 5:06 PM

The Springs School Board made changes to its administrative team this week by unanimously voting to appoint a new, first-ever assistant principal, and voting to accept the resignation of its district treasurer.

Dr. Katherine Byrnes, Ed.D., of Northport, was appointed assistant principal with a probationary period of three years beginning August 20. She will be paid a salary of $120,000, according to School Board members, who approved her hiring at the board’s monthly meeting on Monday.

At the same meeting, the board voted to accept District Treasurer Colleen Card’s resignation, effective September 3. School Superintendent Dominic Mucci said Ms. Card is leaving to take another position.

Dr. Byrnes, 38, a self-proclaimed “lifelong camper at Hither Hills,” said she’s passionate about special education and professional development. She grew up in Northport, where she lives with her husband, John, her 8-year-old son, Jack and her 5-year-old daughter, Grace.

She said she has no plans to go anywhere anytime soon. She’s exploring relocating to the area.

“I want a place to call home,” said Dr. Byrnes.

Mr. Mucci endorsed Dr. Byrnes in an email statement this week.

“Kate’s experience and background teaching general education and special education, her knowledge ... staff development and differentiated instruction, made her an ideal candidate,” he stated. “Throughout the interview process, she displayed an excitement and passion for what she does as an educator and teacher, always keeping students’ needs as her focus. These are the kinds of qualities we expect to see with anyone working with our children in any capacity, and the kind of qualities we expect to see modeled by our leaders.”

As for Ms. Card, Mr. Mucci said she’s off to work at the Miller Place School District. “Prior to coming to Springs, Colleen completed her internship there a number of years ago, and her mentor has recently become superintendent and had recruited Colleen to the district,” Mr. Mucci said. “We are saddened by her departure and are grateful for the service she has provided to the district.”

Dr. Byrnes’s job duties will include helping Principal Eric Casale in the day-to-day management of the school and programs, Mr. Mucci said.

“That includes staff evaluations, staff development, preparation of budgets and schedules, and student discipline,” Mr. Mucci said. “In addition, she will be responsible for the operation of our special education department coordinating services and program for our special education students and staff.”

Dr. Byrnes received her educational doctorate in school leadership from Hofstra University. Before that, she attended the State University of New York Geneseo.

The assistant principal is a full-time position newly created this year. It is part of a revamped Springs School administrative mode which complements Mr. Mucci’s position, which became a part-time position beginning this year.

Dr. Byrnes was selected from a second round of candidates that were interviewed for the position. The School Board had narrowed down the search to two candidates from an earlier round of interviews, but board members were unable to reach an agreement with candidates.

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