Galway board to appoint superintendent

GALWAY — Following the announcement that Galway Superintendent Shannon Shine accepted the position of superintendent at Mohonasen Central School District, the Galway Central School District Board of Education announced its intent to appoint Brita Donovan as its next superintendent of schools at its Tuesday Board of Education meeting. Donovan is currently the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at Galway Central School District and has been with the district for six years.

“We are happy to promote Mrs. Donovan to the superintendent position,” said Galway Board of Education President Jay Anderson. “She has proven herself to be a consummate professional who is dedicated to student achievement. She has significant leadership experience, excellent communication skills, and is fully qualified to continue working toward the district goals, many of which Mrs. Donovan herself identified.”

The board is offering Donovan a five-year agreement with an initial salary of $135,000. She is expected to begin her duties on July 1.

Donovan has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout her career. She began as a physical education teacher at the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES then Fort Edward Unified School District. During her eight years at Fort Edward, she took on the responsibilities of assistant principal, athletic director and dean of students. Donovan joined the Galway Central School District in 2012 as associate principal and athletic director. In 2014, she began her current role as director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

“Brita provided leadership and vision in the planning, development, and implementation of Galway Central School District’s curriculum,” said Anderson. “She developed a comprehensive process of involving the entire community in the vision, articulated the goals the community has for our children, and brought the vision to life. Under her leadership, the district is now offering students more opportunities in the fields of engineering, computer science, and agriculture.”

Throughout her tenure at Galway, Donovan has trained over 1,700 educators in all aspects of harassment, bullying and discrimination. She is the first New York state Public School approved trainer for the Dignity for All Students Act, and Galway is the first New York state public school district approved for training.

“School climate and culture are a key component of achieving our goals,” said Donovan. “I am proud of helping to create a student-centered learning environment in which students are rewarded for meeting high expectations and we celebrate our successes and traditions.”

“I am looking forward to a seamless transition and building on the progress the district has made over the past six years,” continued Mrs. Donovan. “The students, families, faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Education at Galway are incredible, and I am excited to be the next superintendent.”