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Valhalla School Board Expected To OK Superintendent Brenda Myers Retirement

Brenda Myers, superintendent of schools, Valhalla Union Free School District, in “Last Straw for NY Public Schools" video.
Brenda Myers, superintendent of schools, Valhalla Union Free School District, in “Last Straw for NY Public Schools" video. Photo Credit: Youtube screen grab

This story has been updated.

VALHALLA, N.Y. == The Valhalla Union Free School District is expected to accept the retirement of Superintendent Brenda Myers at its meeting Thursday, March 16.

In a statement released on Monday, Myers announced that she will retire in August.

The Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at Valhalla Middle/High School.

During Myers' seven-year tenure with the school district, she led Valhalla in ensuring community collaboration and the success of all students.

“Leaving Valhalla is hard, but I am proud of the hard work of our students, staff and community” Myers said. “Dedicating my work to public education has been inspiring. When everyone pulls together on behalf of children, the results are magical. The best part of my job has been working with creative and caring students. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve our children.”

Myers has been a champion for all students, implementing comprehensive and united support systems for families districtwide. She has advocated for equity and access for all children, and improved the quality of instructional programs to focus on 21st Century learning. She also invested in districtwide capital projects to keep children safe, and developed a sustainable and long-term budget development plan to steer Valhalla in the right financial direction.

Myers has 33 years of experience in public schools, previously serving as superintendent of the Groton Central School District and deputy superintendent of Broome-Tioga BOCES. In addition, she has taught primary school, high school social studies and K-12 literacy.

Throughout her distinguished career, Myers has become a prominent leader and advocate of New York public schools. She is recognized across the state for her work on leadership development, instructional theory and assessment design.

During her time in Valhalla, Myers has been regarded as a “rare leader with the knowledge, abilities and energy” to implement strong forward thinking strategic planning, said school board president Bob Ierace. She also had the vision to create aligned goals, design implementation plans to achieve those goals, and successfully implement her plans.

“With that skillset, she led Valhalla from a struggling school district to one of which the community can be proud,” Ierace said. “We have been lucky to have her. We will miss her – especially her passion for education. Our students’ successes can be traced back to Dr. Myers’ expertise and dedication.”

Since her arrival in Valhalla in 2010, Myers has elevated the district, inspired staff to set higher standards and carried everyone along the wave of education innovation, according to school board member Mike Doran.

“If the board of seven years ago could see into the future and know the higher standards and progress she would bring to Valhalla, it would be extremely proud of its decision," Doran said.

The school board is currently in the process of hiring a search firm to assist in the selection of a new superintendent. Its goal is to complete a seamless transition between Myers and her successor.

The district’s new school superintendent is anticipated to begin on Sept. 1.

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