posted on August 13, 2013 12:34
Dennis J. Bye is the new associate principal at Gloversville High School, the district’s Board of Education announced Tuesday, July 23. Bye comes to Gloversville from the Troy City School District, where he served most recently as assistant to the principal of School 2, an elementary school with more than 400 students.
At the high school, Bye and Principal Richard DeMallie will split responsibility for overseeing academic departments to best take advantage of their individual skill sets. They will also share responsibility for student discipline, with DeMallie focusing on the senior class and Bye handling students in grades 9-11. Bye, who will start at Gloversville High School on Aug. 12, is replacing Mark Batty, who is taking over as principal at Gloversville Middle School. The new job title, associate principal instead of assistant principal, reflects the updated job duties for the role.
At Troy’s School 2, Bye was responsible for student discipline and greatly reduced the number of suspensions and unexcused absences during his tenure from 2011 to 2013. He also initiated a popular and successful anti-bullying program.
“Dennis came to us highly recommended from the Troy City School District,” said Gloversville Superintendent of Schools Michael Vanyo. “He has the management skills and attention to detail to help the high school – and entire district – achieve its goals.”
DeMallie also praised Bye’s expertise with at-risk student populations.
“Dennis’ ability to relate to children who are living in poverty and struggling with outside factors that affect their ability to get a quality education will be a valuable asset,” DeMallie said. “His data-driven and target-oriented approach will help us better help the students who need interventions at each grade level and hopefully improve our graduation rate.”
Bye said he was drawn to the Gloversville Enlarged School District because he felt it was a place where he could make a difference. “I think I help the kids here,” he said.
Before Troy, Bye worked in an administrative capacity with a variety of age groups at Albany Preparatory Charter School between 2007 and 2011, the International Charter School of Schenectady between 2005 and 2007 and Scotia-Glenville High School between 2002 and 2005.
Prior to becoming an educator, Bye served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years. Most recently, he was the Director of Navy Recruit Processing for New York State and led a 350-person department with a $1.5 million budget on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
Bye graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned his master’s degree in educational administration and policy studies in 2005 and an advanced certificate of graduate studies in school building leadership in 2009, both from the University at Albany.